Is This Ever Going To Get Easier

Being Tough in a Soft Society

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Life…why does it seem one problem, or obstacle, after another keep slamming in our faces? Do you ever feel like no matter how much faith you have, no matter how much you try to live your life the “right” way, or how many good decisions you make that you just can’t seem to get ahead and on the right path? Man, do I feel like that sometimes! It feels like one thing doesn’t go as planned, and it begins to snowball into a hundred different things at once which simply overwhelm my spirit and motivation.

How do we overcome this? How do I overcome these times? I really don’t know. A lot of the times I’ll just hold on for dear life…and merely hope for the best. That doesn’t sound very motivational or encouraging; however, it’s reality. The tidal waves of life can come upon us in a hurry, and…

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Important Tool of the Trade

Being Tough in a Soft Society

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Socks!!! There’s nothing like speed-walking twelve miles with a 50lb ruck on your back or walking over mountains in Afghanistan with 70 lbs of equipment on to figure out and know that a good pair of socks is vitally important! Trust me, there’s nothing worse than a big heel-blister when walking (or doing anything, for that matter) in boots!
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What socks do I wear? Darn Tough brand. Made in Vermont, USA, Darn Tough makes the best sock on the planet! We were issued Darn Tough before deployments during my time in special operations, they’re the socks I wear today pretty much everyday, and they’re the brand I convinced my sister, who is an avid marathon runner, to start wearing when she trains and on race day. (Needless to say, she now only wears Darn Tough when running). Not only are they the best socks made…the company backs them up with…

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Working Outside With Your Children is a Lasting Bonding Experience

Being Tough in a Soft Society

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Windows rolled down, robins chirping, t-shirts…yep, it’s that time of year! I love spring! Mainly because I start suffering from such bad cabin fever starting about the middle of January. Deer season has passed, the holidays are over…and there’s really not much a family can do in the Midwest during winter, outdoors-wise, once the sun goes down. And, trust me, you can only entertain a 3 and 5-year-old for so long indoors!

This year will be my second garden of my own. I grew up helping my grandpa with his vegetable garden and watermelon patch. I can remember vividly, as a child, pulling weeds and picking/snapping green beans for hours in the hot summer sun with my grandpa. It was hard work, but I loved sharing the experience with my grandpa and wouldn’t trade the memories for anything!

Not only did I enjoy working and gardening with my grandfather, I learned…

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