PLANT A TREE TODAY

BACKGROUND – INSPIRATION Our family’s involvement with Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp in Story City goes back some 60+ years when my father-in-law Rev. Marlin Ingebretson helped pour the cement for the original swimming pool.  My wife Karen attended summer camp there as a child.  I brought many youth groups there for weekend retreats in the … More PLANT A TREE TODAY

YOU ARE SPECIAL

BACKGROUND – INSPIRATION I lived on my grandma Minnie’s farm with my family until I was in second grade.  Grandma was a very hard working woman, a great cook and a tender and nurturing heart way about her.  There are some things that leave an impact on our lives from the youngest age.  One thing … More YOU ARE SPECIAL

LEAP OF FAITH

BACKGROUND – INSPIRATION In 1984 I was faced with the potential of an important career transition.   I prayed for wisdom, discernment and guidance.  I felt a strong call to go to work for the national church foundation of the denomination we were affiliated with at the time.  However it was going to mean a 50% … More LEAP OF FAITH

I’VE BEEN THERE

BACKGROUND – INSPIRATION On August 12, 1998 my 14 year old son Marcus was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer.  It changed our family’s life on a dime.  After 48 straight weeks of chemo, 14 hospitalizations, over 300 home administered injections and 30 radiation treatments, Marcus and our entire family were worn to a frazil. … More I’VE BEEN THERE

BUTTON IN A BOX

BACKGROUND – INSPIRATION I use to work at a private college overseeing fundraising and alumni relations.  Each February I would plan a trip to a small Danish village north of Santa Barbara called Solvang where a lot of the college’s alumni resided.  One of those alumni was a delightful 90+ year old lady named Nanna.  … More BUTTON IN A BOX