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Stories from the journey of fatherhood & brotherhood
Making Maple Syrup creation holy spirit work Mar 05, 2021

About a month ago, Owen told us he wanted to make maple syrup. The youngest of our soon-to-be eleven-year-old twin boys, he has always had a mind for learning how things work, and had recently read a book in which the characters had tried making it. 

Pure maple syrup is delicious. It is all natural. Making it is a simple process. And unlike honey, its creation doesn’t leave you at risk of being stung. This was enough for me to say yes when my son asked. I’ve always thought it...

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Apprenticeship in Hard Work apprenticeship rest work Aug 30, 2020

I sorted seven Angus cows from the pen and quickly pushed them towards the alley. If my timing and positioning were right they’d hit the curve in the fence and funnel single file into the 40 foot alley where they’d receive their shots. I was in a hurry and in my eagerness to get them quickly loaded I got too close to the lead cow. Instead of turning gently into the alley she balked, spun on her hocks and ran back towards me. I hollered and jumped up and down frantically hoping to...

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Fence Built Right fence speed work Aug 09, 2020

The 50 yard stretch of fence has irked me since we moved in. In a perfect world, I would have replaced it long ago. But fresh paint, a bathroom vanity, and various other projects in our new home were more important than the inconspicuous collection of posts and chain link masquerading as a legitimate fence. 

But soon our horses realized the fence was a complete disaster and began leaning over the fence to steal a few delicious bites of our neighbor’s green grass. The chain...

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