I was being honest, but I was also being overly optimistic. For years, I thought that I was alone in underestimating how long projects would take for me to finish. I’d often be frustrated when I didn’t accomplish all that I wanted to in a day. Because of my frustration, I was often tempted to “wing it” rather than be very deliberate about my time management.Read More
Have you ever noticed the difference between people who are grateful vs those that are never satisfied? It's so easy to fall into the rut of complaining and thinking of the things that I DON'T have instead of being grateful for the things that I DO have.Read More
Last week, I was thrilled to have the honor and privilege of being the guest speaker for the graduation of Chattanooga Police Department's Police Academy Class 2017-1. It was wonderful to be back in Chattanooga, but it was really special to be in the presence of some of my favorite and most highly esteemed people on the planet.Read More
It’s hard to believe that Franicia and I met 18 -- yes, EIGHTEEN -- years ago! I graduated 15 years ago and, 15 years ago, we were married. 14 commands, 11 moves, 10 houses, 7 children, 6 churches, and 4 overseas moves later, Franicia and I are happier and more in-love than we’ve ever been.Read More
Wholesome Place is our re-branded website which has been in the making for many years and newly launched a year ago. 🎉 It is more light-hearted there and a place to find products we recommend as well as reviews.Read More
"His name and story will forever be remembered in Southeast Tennessee, and throughout the United States."
This was the opening line to Cleveland Daily Banner's recent article of Tim, talking about him defending his facility during the attack that horrible July 16th day.Read More
As part of their brain-building activities and sometimes homeschool projects, we’ve had our young children study about photography, videography, and filming. They’ve produced their own short “films” and videos and have enjoyed applying their photography skills in many ways.Read More
Sometimes when I've been in pain and stuck in bed to heal, I've seen numerous times where God used that time to help me accomplish or figure out things I wouldn't have had the time to otherwise. But this time I wasn't seeing the blessing behind my pain: I was starting to question whether God was chastening me for something.Read More
I was 18 when I saw Franicia for the first time and 19 when I had the opportunity to talk to her. I never guessed that she was the woman that I would marry and have the privilege of bringing 7 children into the world with. It's now 18 years since we first spoke, 14 and a half years since we were married, and now we have 7 children!Read More
I have always found it interesting that the intake forms at doctors' offices ask so much about the patients' family medical history. While I knew that I would have a tendency to experience many of the health issues that my ancestors faced, I thought that many of the medical problems that they faced were due to poor health choices or environmental toxins.Read More
We have so much for which to be thankful. Life, health, family, friends, our freedoms -- all of these things are wonderful blessings from God Himself. But even more than all of these, God has not dealt with us as we deserve. He's been patient with us and merciful. On top of this, His greatest mercy is providing His only begotten Son as a perfect atonement for our sins that if we believe in Him we will not perish but "have ever lasting life."Read More
Sometimes I'll start writing. Other times I'll work on illustrating.
Very rarely do I finish writing an entire children's book in one sitting, but I have. God receives all the praise for that!Read More
Even though I’m a relatively healthy 36-year old...I mean young man, I almost died at the end of January this year due to a clot deep in my right calf (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) that broke up and went through my heart and peppered both of my lungs (pulmonary embolism, or PE).
There are some things that I’ve been doing differently to prevent being hospitalized again or dying from another DVT and PE.Read More
240 years ago, the courageous forefathers of the United States came together to declare independence from a king and a nation that was, at that time, tyrannical in their rule over the American colonies.Read More
...I not only went through another and much longer “boot camp” phase but did various obstacle courses, swam, boxed, wrestled, ran in boots with a rifle in tow, trained with Navy SEALs because my run times weren't fast enough, or endured the dreaded “Swim PEP,” an alternative to the regular physical fitness program conducted in a pool, with the SEALs because I had various injuries.Read More