Category Archives: Family

Weekly Verse – Laughter

You might have noticed over the past few months that I’ve taken an interest in making and sharing videos.  Mostly videos of me cooking some of my family’s favorite recipes.

I’ve enjoyed doing them for a couple of reasons. First, I get to learn some new programs and work on my video editing skills.

Second, I get to have fun with my oldest daughter who has embraced her role as my director, videographer, and even my make-up artist (darn blemishes).

When we make videos I’ll often mess up and that will get us laughing.  There have been times I’ve wondered if we actually got enough good footage in between my mistakes and us cutting up… but it’s always worked out in the end.

It’s good to laugh… and it’s good to share a laugh with others!  So I thought I’d put together a video of some of the funniest bloopers, outtakes, and behind the scenes moments from our recent efforts. You can see it below.  I hope it makes you smile and gives you a laugh or two.

I also thought I’d use this opportunity to share a Bible verse that touches on the topic of happiness and laughter; Proverbs 17:22 MSG.

A cheerful disposition is good for your health;
    gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.


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Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese

My family has lots of Christmas traditions… and crock-pot mac and cheese has become one of them.  It’s the perfect meal for us during the middle of the day on Christmas day.

It’s perfect because it takes just minutes to put together and it tastes great.  I thought I’d share the recipe we’ve come up with after a little trial and error and a video of me making it.

Crock-Pot Mac & Cheese

What you need:

16oz. box of pasta

4 cups shredded cheese

2 cups Velveeta cut into 1-inch cubes

2 – 12oz. cans evaporated milk

2 cups milk

2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground mustard

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp cooking oil (canola, olive, or vegetable)

Optional: Ham chunks or bacon (cooked and crumbled)

What you do:

Spray the inside of your crock-pot with cooking spray to prevent cooking.  Boil the pasta for half of the recommended cooking time.  Drain and add to the crock-pot.  Stir in the butter and oil.

Whisk the milk and the spices together in a bowl and pour over the pasta.  Stir in the cubed Velveeta, shredded cheese, and ham or cooked bacon (optional).

Cook covered on low for one hour.  Stir and cook for another hour covered on low.  Stir and enjoy!


You can have fun and experiment with different shredded cheeses. I like cheddar jack and cheddar… but some colby jack would be good too.

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Weekly Verse – Worshiping At Home

I love our church and our church family… but today my wife and I made the decision not to go to church.  Actually, we made the decision Saturday night.

It’s not that we didn’t want to go… but we’ve had a really busy schedule lately, we’re all exhausted, and a few of us are doing our best to fight off different colds and sicknesses.  We thought it would be best to sleep in and then do some cleaning around the house that we’ve been neglecting.

So, that’s what we did.

I slept until 9:30 am. It was awesome.  I actually woke feeling refreshed.  My wife got up about the same time and we were able to spend a half hour enjoying some coffee (hot chocolate for her) and conversation.  Then we got our girls up to get some things done.

Cleaning is always easier with music… so to start I said, “Hey Google… play Casting Crowns everywhere.”  Just like that music filled both levels of our house and we all got to work.

I found myself humming and singing along. In between picking things up, my daughters were doing dance moves and turns.  My focus became the kitchen.  I cleaned the sink and began hand washing some pots and pans.

It was then that it hit me.  Even though we weren’t in church we were worshipping.  We were listening to God’s word through song. We were singing, dancing, and praising God together.

The morning was capped off with a late brunch where we could all sit down and eat at the table.   I don’t think I could’ve scripted a better morning.

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. – Matthew 18:20 NIV

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