Brain of Dane

Sowing honesty and hope into the story of life. Worry less. Be more bold.

Decluttering, Tidying, and Magic

Any self-respecting geek has his or her fair share of gadgets, computer parts, and cords... lots and lots of cords. Those cords and gadgets tend to grow old and find their way into piles of boxes in the garage. They seem to follow me from house to house, and they've made friends along the way. Friends that love to make more friends. The other day I had a life-changing moment, where Jesus was telling me I didn't need any of that junk. I was digging through old abandoned devices and cords in one of my drawers--so many cords--and I had the urge to just dump it

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The Year Of...

The Year Of...

I was sitting and having a conversation with my wife the other day. To sit and have a conversation with my wife is like having a heart-to-heart with my own personal muse. She speaks directly to my soul most days. If it's not working on plot structure or character motivation, it's talking me off of a ledge or putting some wind back in my tattered sails. The words she pulled out of my mouth were "I feel like a fraud writer." It's true. At this very moment, I have absolutely nothing to show for my countless attempts at spinning a yarn. Sure, I have some drafts

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Stories of Dragons

I could spend hours telling you stories about my kids. They are lovable, funny, smart, and downright amazing. I don't broadcast those stories here or on social media because some people love to listen, while others just glaze over when I talk about kids. Know your audience, right? We have a "third" son who is no longer living with us. He went back to his biological father. Last we heard, he is doing very well. We miss him. I miss him, but I know he's with people who love him. I could talk your ear off about him if you let me. As a matter of

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Test Flight

Test Flight

I think all boys and girls start life with a fascination for flight. Well, that may not be the case, but it just seems so natural to me. You start out not really caring about anything but cars and trucks and ponies until a jumbo jet shoots past overhead and you look up. I was there one of the first times my firstborn son looked up at the sky wondering what that noise was. He just kept looking and looking long after the plane had gone. Flight is so unnatural. The fact that we can build something and put it in the air leaves a lasting

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Fathering

Fathering

Before my firstborn was even a twinkle in my eye, there were always thousands of doubts in my head about whether I would make a good dad. I’m sure it’s not just me. Everyone wakes up every morning with a new pile of doubts to add to their ever-growing collection of insecurities. Mine just happen to revolve around someone that barely even knows how to read. Priorities In the beginning, it was all about security. I needed to work hard at my job so that I could feed, clothe, and protect my wife and--by extension--my helpless baby. Having just started on parenting my third

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Big Tex

Big Tex

I took Caleb to the Texas state fair this week. It was raining, cold (for Texas), and kind of miserable. We actually had a blast despite all of the negatives. I mean, it's the fair. How could you not have fun? Highlight 1 - The Train We rode the train. Caleb absolutely loves riding the train. We get to cruise down the tracks at 80 mph, and we don't have to be buckled in! We get to see other trains pass us on the tracks, and he loves spotting the signals along the way. Highlight 2 - The Butterflies The state fair has a permanent butterfly

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