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Thoughts, Musings and Challenges from Des Moines, Iowa
Trying Out Knockaround Sunglasses

Trying Out Knockaround Sunglasses

My dream finally came true. I'm taking my family skiing at Whitefish, Montana over spring break a week from today. After a ton of research, I finally purchased several ski helmets, goggles and skull caps earlier in the week. But I totally just made a spontaneous...

Soccer (AKA Futbol) T-Shirts

Soccer (AKA Futbol) T-Shirts

I wish I was a kid again. Seriously. When I was a kiddo, soccer was in its infancy, but now it's bursting at the seams. I played as a youth all the way through high school, but the sport has grown so much in popularity and in skill sets, that's it's completely...

Weekend Worship Set

Weekend Worship Set

I love the church I attend. I hope you do too (Yours, not mine. But if you went to mine I would hope that you would like it). One of the many blessings I've received through our church is that I get to serve as a volunteer worship leader on an amazing worship team....

Meeting Strangers, Do-Overs and Replays

Meeting Strangers, Do-Overs and Replays

A few months ago I was traveling on business to and from Dallas, TX all within a day. Dreadful, I know. It had been a late night and we an unfortunate long wait at the airport prior to boarding the plane so the last thing on my mind was striking up a conversation with...

Trip Lee, KB and Romans 1:16

Trip Lee, KB and Romans 1:16

After graduation from Iowa State University, my wife and I accepted jobs in Minneapolis and lived there for about 6 years. Because I've always loved music, I took advantage of a variety of great music venues in Minneapolis from First Avenue to the Fine Line Music...

I’m Not A Bum; I’m A Human Being

I’m Not A Bum; I’m A Human Being

Yesterday I was restless, and when I'm restless sometimes I'll surf videos on YouTube. Yesterday I stumbled across this interview with Ronald Davis, a homeless man in Chicago. He was wearing the same barn jacket that I own except his was significantly more worn out....

Baby Photos, Disciple, Red, TFK, and Skillet

Baby Photos, Disciple, Red, TFK, and Skillet

Stress happens. It's something that happens to us on a day-to-day basis, and everyone deals with it in a variety of ways. Call me strange, but I've been dealing with stress in a couple of polar opposite manners: baby photos and heavy metal.  I work in a marketing...

New Young & Free (Y&F) Snapbacks & Beanies

New Young & Free (Y&F) Snapbacks & Beanies

Young and Free (AKA Y&F) is at it again producing some great new music (including the 5-song EP "This Is Living") as well as some great new snapbacks and beanies. Hillsong Young & Free (Y&F) Music Let's start with the music. Have you had a chance to listen...

Introducing Our God Over Bacon T-Shirt

Introducing Our God Over Bacon T-Shirt

I'm from Iowa. We like our fair share of bacon here. Last week, professional golfer Mark Calcavecchia, won The Principal Charity Classic wearing bacon-patterned pants. My local donut shop offers bacon maple donuts. At the Iowa State Fair you can get a Bacon Mac N...

10 More Cool Christian Snapback Hats

10 More Cool Christian Snapback Hats

Last fall, we wrote a blog post about our 10 favorite Christian apparel snapback hats. You guys definitely have good taste, and we're proud to say that we've driven a lot of traffic to some great Christian brands to check out their gear. This year, we've discovered...

New Hillsong United Empires T-Shirts

New Hillsong United Empires T-Shirts

Today's a great day. Want to know why?  It's because Hillsong United's new album "Empires" launched worldwide. That's worth celebrating right? What's also great is that Hillsong United will be touring this summer on the Outcry Tour with artists including: Jesus...

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