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The Worralls Go West: The Final Chapter (Every Good Gift)

Our kids like to play a game they call “Birthday Party.” It involves wrapping up some of their old toys, using reams of wrapping paper and plenty of Scotch tape. After they spend considerable time with their preparations, they find me and pile the precious gifts at my feet. My role is always to distribute… Read More The Worralls Go West: The Final Chapter (Every Good Gift)

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The Worralls Go West: Days 7-11 (Friends & Family)

Last Thursday our trip took a turn—from seeing places, to seeing people. Since then the days and nights have been packed so full that I’ve had no time to write. Now, with Colorado (sadly) in our rear-view mirror, I have a few minutes to share some highlights… We arrived in Denver last Thursday evening and… Read More The Worralls Go West: Days 7-11 (Friends & Family)

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The Worralls Go West: Day 6 (Slowing Down)

According to my original plan (my structured, yet spontaneous “plan”), yesterday was going to be another long driving day—a utilitarian day really—a day to simply get from one place to another, from Tatum’s Haven to Denver (an 8-hour drive, without stops). Sitting at my dining room table three weeks ago and looking at the Google… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 6 (Slowing Down)

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The Worralls Go West: Day 5 (Yellowstone)

So…yesterday morning we woke up to find ourselves here: Tatum’s Haven doesn’t look like much from the outside. But the inside is adorable and the setting is idyllic. This is the remote cabin experience that I wanted us to have while out in the Wild West. We ate breakfast on the porch and then explored… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 5 (Yellowstone)

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The Worralls Go West: Day 4

Yesterday was a long driving day—all the way across the state of Wyoming, the tenth largest state in the country, but also the least populated. In the morning, before we left Hill City (SD), we decided to try our hand at geocaching since there was an easy geocache located in the Hill City Cemetery. If you aren’t… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 4

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The Worralls Go West: Day 3

  In order for you to understand what happened yesterday, you need to know a couple of things about us. Number one. When Peter is on vacation, he hates to have a plan. He doesn’t want to HAVE to be anywhere at any particular time. He wants the freedom to experience whatever comes along, for… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 3

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The Worralls Go West: Day 2

This morning we drove two hours west from Marshall, Minnesota, to De Smet, South Dakota, where we spent most of the day exploring the little town and the surrounding prairie. The Ingalls family moved west to De Smet when grasshoppers destroyed their wheat crop in Minnesota. Pa got a job working for the railroad. He… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 2

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The Worralls Go West: Day 1

The vision for this little vacay began when we were invited to a family wedding in Keystone, CO, on August 5-7, and we decided to turn it into a road trip. The vision expanded and coalesced back in June when I decided that this was the summer to introduce the kids to Little House on… Read More The Worralls Go West: Day 1

Parenting

For My Daughter on Her Birthday

  It’s your birthday—my darling daughter! Can it really be—that you’ve been spreading your unique version of joy on this planet for five whole years? I’ve known you for four and a half of those. But I have loved you for far longer than that. You were born in my heart many years before you… Read More For My Daughter on Her Birthday

Communication

Conversation Matters

A part of my job every semester is to teach a class called Speech Communication. It’s a required course for all of our undergraduate students, so I’m well aware that some of them arrive in my classroom with apathy, some with nervousness, some even with a measure of dread. After all, “Public Speaking” appears on… Read More Conversation Matters