Our Blog

We are currently in the process of composing a full length book about our first 5 years.  The following blog entries will give you a good idea of what to expect between its covers:  humor, philosophy, theology, narrative, memoir and more.  It’s truly genre-bending.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll buy several copies and send them to your family and friends!


The last weekend of July, we had a good old fashioned barn-raising event at the Ranch.  Eight men and six boys from Forum Christian in Columbia, Missouri, swept, scraped, trimmed, weed-whacked, and power washed a goodly portion of the 11,000 square foot residence and... read more

Over Our Heads

I’ve already said this once, but it bears repeating.  We are in over our heads…and I’m not just talking about those of us who happen to be in the boys ranch business.  If you are alive and breathing, you are in over your head also. I was recently reminded of this... read more

If God Is For Us…

The heroes of the Bible did not know they would become heroes of the Bible. They had no clue that their personal stories would inspire billions, that nations down through the ages would be patterned on their words and deeds, that they would have their own Veggie Tales... read more

Pink Buckets

How many of you out there have brought home a wild animal for a pet?  You thought the kids would learn to appreciate nature a little more if it were up close and personal.  You thought you’d rescue a baby rabbit about to be eaten by your cat which had it cornered and... read more

It’s Only Natural

One must be careful when drawing uplifting moral lessons from nature.  The barbaric and the hostile are just as easily derived from observing the animal kingdom at close quarters.  Both modern and ancient peoples have been guilty of sacrificing human welfare (and... read more

A Tale of Two Goats

This is a story of two goats. The first, pictured above, is a semi-feral remnant from the goat herd that used to populate the farm where we rent. He spooked us the first time we stumbled across him on a hike – bursting out from an abandoned farmhouse he has apparently... read more

Iron Sharpens Iron

Kids don’t see adults the way we see ourselves.  This is a fundamental truth, and one that ‘grown-ups’ tend to ignore as inconvenient. Case in point:  this picture that my daughter drew of me.  I like to think I’m better looking than this.  Maybe it’s vain, but I... read more


The sun rises every morning.  This might seem too obvious to mention, but have you ever stopped to ponder this miracle?  Each and every morning from the beginning of time until today, it has done the same thing.  No mistakes.  No absent-minded forgetfulness.  We don’t... read more

Goat Skulls

My son Caleb collects goat skulls.  Not baseball cards, or stamps or bugs.  Goat skulls.  Of course, this kind of thing can only last as long as there are skulls to be found on our property – and already, the number of them that we bring home from our walks has... read more
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