One Big Dare ~ Coming Soon!

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Today was going to be the day we revealed our One Big Dare. Just like the season finale of your favorite show, we’ll be ending our 31 Days of Truth or Dare with a cliffhanger. Our One Big Dare will have to wait.


The truth is… October was a little ridiculous for our family.

Greg had knee surgery… again.
Gunnar had a few football injuries.
Eden had track camp.
Stone had band practice twice a week.
Tygar had 2 major school projects.
Caroline was in South Carolina for 4 days.
Gunnar had allergy testing for shellfish.
Oh, and writing everyday was no easy task but we LOVED it!

Even though we did establish a deadline for our One Big Dare to happen during 31 Days we didn’t want it to be forced & neither do you.

Obligatory dares are foolish.

Our dare didn’t happen yet… but it will… and we will tell you about it here… at … once it is completed.

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Your Truth Questions Answered

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Last week, we asked you guys to send us your TRUTH questions for us to answer… most of you just sent us an email with your questions… and after reading some of the questions… we completely understand why some of you wanted to be anonymous!

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Is this your first marriage?
Greg: Yes
Caroline: Yes

Of all the places you’ve lived, where is your favorite?
Greg: Chicagoland
Caroline: I concur, but I miss being 2 hours away from the ocean when we lived in Maryland.

Who is your favorite band?
Greg: The Cars
Caroline: I have to pick a favorite? Too hard. I classify favorites as artists that I love to listen to their entire album, not just a hit song, so here are a few of my favorites: Bon Jovi, U2, Reeve Coobs, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Phillip Phillips, Relient K, Mumford & Sons.

Do you exercise on a regular basis?
Greg: Yes.  I run to the bathroom everyday.
Caroline: Yoga. 3-4 times a week

Do you believe in ghosts or aliens?
Greg: No
Caroline: No

What is your favorite smell?
Greg: Freshly cut grass… (btw – they should make a perfume for women called GRASS)
Caroline: Coffee brewing.

If you could press a button and make anyone in the world magically explode, who would it be?
Greg: The main leader of ISIS or ISIL or whatever they are called.
Caroline: What Greg said.

Have you ever been drunk?
Greg: I don’t remember… so that means… yes.
Caroline: Yep. A few times but all before I was 21 {sorry mom & dad}.

Have you ever gone skinny dipping?
Greg: Yes
Caroline: Um… No

As an adult… have you ever peed your pants?
Greg: Yes. A flight attendant drugged my drink in first class. #rufie #passedout #peeeverywhere
Caroline: Yes, as I was surrounded by 100s of strangers.

Have you ever run through a golf course at 2am naked with other guys?
Greg: Yes
Caroline: WHAT?
Greg: Please don’t ask me about this.

What’s the largest check you have ever written?
Greg: $100,000.00
Caroline: We need to talk!
Greg: Can we talk while skinny dipping?

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In The World

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Truth : If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?


greg says_1

Is this is a trick question…

I’m a Christian… I am not supposed to desire anything in this world… am I?

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides for ever.” – John the Disciple

Ouch… But why?

Primarily because the love of the world pushes out the love of the Father.

You can’t fool me with your tricky “truth or dare questions”. :)

But if I was “allowed” to desire a few things of this world… You could give me some Pappy and French Fries at a Beach House… and I’d be good to go!

At least I didn’t say something stupid and shallow like… “world peace”.

caroline says_1

Gracie & her friends answer have the perfect answer… {click over to the blog to see the video}

…now I have to unscrew my smile.


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Favorite Kid

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Truth : Do you have a favorite kid?

greg says_1

“95 percent of parents in the world have a favorite kid, and the other 5 percent are lying.” – Jeffrey Kluger

I think it’s normal for most parents to have a favorite child… so yes… I have one.

Which one?  Well… it seems to switch weekly, daily, hourly and sometimes even by the minute!

Hopefully all of my children go to bed each night feeling like they are the favorite.  #tricky

I ask my children regularly… “Who does Dad love the most?”  They all answer in unison… “God… then Mom…  then all of us”.  They know they are all loved equally by me… but I can still have a favorite… right?

The challenge is not to show favoritism… so on occasion I reflect to see if I’m showing any favoritism…

* Do my youngest children “get away” with more than the older ones?
* Am I more relaxed around one of my kids over the others?  Do I smile more, laugh more, and am I less stressed?
* Are my expectations of my children different?  Lower expectations are often a sign of favoritism.
* Etc.

But my favorite moments as a Dad are the ones where I really can’t decide which child is my favorite.


caroline says_1

Sometimes. Honestly, it depends on the day. Or the moment. Or the season.

I love each of our 4 kids but there are days when I’d rather trade one or two or four in for the day. Kidding, not kidding.

Being married to Greg has had it’s challenges but I chose to marry him. I did not choose to become a mother. And I most certainly did not EVER think I would be a mother to four! It was in the back of my mind that we might have kids one day.

I wanted some time to just be a wife. We had a plan. God had another plan.

That plan brought 4 little people into our lives in 7 years as we hopped across the country from Iowa to Ohio to North Carolina to Illinois. Somewhere between those years & crossing state lines, my stubbornness of embracing motherhood & this Spring-like season of raising infants to toddlers to kids to adults finally took on a new meaning for me.

Just like there are certain aspects of each season that are my favorite – winter trees & snow, spring flowers, summer breezes & the colors of fall – there are going to be seasons of being a parent that are going to be my favorite.

My favorite seasons that I’m embracing with each kid right now:

Gunnar – as our oldest, he is paving the path for his siblings for being the friendliest guy in this town. He loves to be around people & his humble heart is so encouraging.

Tygar – this is a season full of changes for Tygar & I know it will not be long before he starts calling me “Mom” instead of “Mommy”. I hope I can help him hold onto his creativity & soft heart for others that has surrounded his childhood as he enters into being a young man.

Stone – he wants to learn everything there is to know about everything. From cooking to origami to being a percussionist to archery to writing stories to  ______ {fill in the blank}. His desire to learn it all right now encourages me to embrace this season of wonder surrounding him.

Eden – she is so brave right now, she has been since birth & I guess she needs to be when surrounded by three big brothers. She is not afraid to try something new. I want to be brave like her.

Each and every day I am learning to embrace my favorite moments of the seasons of parenthood. I hope I never stop looking for those favorite moments.

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I dare you to ditch technology for a week.


caroline says_1

I realize the irony involved in daring you to ditch technology for a week because as I type this, I’m sitting on a plane on my way to Allume, a blogging conference. Bloggers need computers & they utilize social media to communicate with their audience.

As I was waiting to board the plane, I could count on one hand those who were not using some kind of technology. One was napping, one was reading a book & two guys were chatting while eating their lunch. Everyone else was either talking on their phone, reading a kindle, watching a movie, taking selfies, texting & doing the finger scroll. Myself included – going back & forth from scrolling through Instagram & writing this post.

We are addicted, aren’t we? Any moment of silence is met with a blank stare which leads to grabbing my iPhone or opening up my laptop.

Can you do without technology for one week?

I’ve done partial technology ditching before, giving up FB, Twitter & Instagram for a month. I called it “Quietember“.

I realize some of us rely on the Internet for work so maybe you cannot completely ditch your laptop or social media but pay attention to the technology that threatens a quiet moment you could have, and ditch that for a week.

Maybe reading blog posts once a day for 31 days has been distracting? Or maybe it’s the constant pull of social media to check Instagram, FB or Pinterest? Or a television show? Or?

What is it that drains you? Can you ditch it for a week?

After 31 days is over, I will be taking a break from my computer. I have LOVED writing this series with Greg, but it’s time for a break. As a reader you probably think it’s time for a break as well {wink!}. I will also ditch Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram . It’s time for a break. Do you agree?

I dare you to ditch what drains you for 7 days.

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Ask Us A Truth Question!

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It’s Your Turn – Ask Us a Truth Question!

In a normal game of Truth or Dare, the participants take turns asking the questions or coming up with the dare. We have asked for your dare ideas, now we would like to give you the opportunity to ask us a truth question.

Ask us a truth question in the comments below. We will answer them one day next week.

Ready? Go!

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Truth : What do you fear the most?

caroline says_1

I don’t want to answer this question. To be completely honest, I have a few fears. Ok, maybe more than a few.

The question is ‘What do you fear the most?” I’ll narrow it down to my Top Two.

1. When someone, mostly my children, choke on something they are eating. My fears have been brought to the surface more than once. When I was 5 years old, I was choking on a hot dog & my Uncle Donald saved my life when he gave me the Heimlich! Thanks Uncle Donald. Greg had to give our son, Tygar, the Heimlich a few times. And Tygar’s 1st grade teacher saved his life when he was choking on a peppermint candy at school. As my children get older, this fear has not been as prominent. But I have to admit, whenever my kids are eating grapes, my heart involuntarily skips a beat.

2. Heaven freaks me out. I will wake up out of a deep sleep & heaven will be on my mind & the fact that I will live FOREVER overwhelms me for a brief moment & I have to get out of bed & walk around to calm myself down. It never happens in the middle of the day. Only at night. I know it’s silly. I am a Christian & I trust God & have faith & know that I should be longingly looking forward to heaven. I am. 99% of the time.


Now for some fun – go to YouTube & search “Ellen Scare Videos”. My favorite ones are Andy & Amy’s Haunted House videos – hilarious!

From now on, all I need to say to myself when the fear creeps in is, “Stop it! Stop it now!”

greg says_1

I’m generally an adrenaline junkie and will try most anything at least once.  I don’t want this to sound arrogant, but I’m not afraid of too many things… but there is one thing that I’m deathly afraid of…

When I was little (maybe 8-9 years old) my “friends” rolled me up tightly in an area rug and then sat on me for like 10 minutes.  I couldn’t move my arms, or legs, and it was difficult to breathe.

Let just say there were a few of my “friends” bleeding when I was done “freaking out” on them after they let me out.  ** My anger management classes have helped out a lot since then :) **

I’m not sure I’m claustrophobic because I’ve gone spelunking, Zorbing, had many MRI’s, and been in other tight quarters without issue…


… there will be blood!


What do you fear the most?

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Truth : When was the last time you cried?


greg says_1

I last cried on Sunday, October 12th around 10:15pm

Caroline and I went to see the world premiere musical of  “Amazing Grace” at the Bank of America Theater in Chicago.  It’s the story of John Newton… the man who wrote the famous song in 1772.  I won’t tell you all the details of the musical, just know it is a powerful story of redemption of one of Christianity’s most powerful conversions.  Pick up the book “Out of the Depths” for a good read.

If you know me very well… you know I have two favorite songs…

Amazing Grace
The Star Spangled Banner

Both songs bring tears to my eyes… especially when children sing them.  But on Oct 12th… when a host of professional actors and actresses sing all 5 verses of Amazing Grace… it’s was overwhelming.  Amazing words… from a guy with an amazing story.  #tears

caroline says_1

I also cried during the Amazing Grace musical a few weeks ago. It was SO good. If it comes to your area, it is a must see!

Before that, the last time I cried was while I was writing about the one thing I regret for Day 3 of this series.

While I was thinking about my Grandmother Pete & the memories surrounding that weekend, putting those thoughts to words for you to read, brought tears to my eyes.

When was the last time you cried?


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Worst Habit


Truth : What is your worst habit?


caroline says_1

Twirling my hair when I’m in deep thought.

In fact, I’m doing right now in between typing pauses. It’s a miracle I still have hair left on my head!

Let’s just hope I notice the warning signs before it turns into Trichotillomania…if you ever play Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit, now you know the answer. Google never ceases to amaze & scare me at the same time.


greg says_1

I have too many bad habits…

I’ve already twirled all my hair out!  So I’m over that bad habit.
Fortunately, I only have to share one bad habit with you…  so I’ll pick…

Cracking my knuckles… no wait… Skipping breakfast… no… Procrastination… no…


Yep.  That’s my worst bad habit.  I am a “speeder”.

Is speeding a bad habit or a “sin”?   Whatever it is… I do way to much of it.  I need to slow down when I drive…

… and to make my bad habit (or sin) worse… I drive a 2011 Chevy Caprice Police Detective Car that has a 6.0 liter engine with a top speed of 155mph.   Clearly my car and my bad habit are not a good combination.

Anybody want to buy my car?  Only 39,000 miles.  Almost mint condition.  4 doors.  Fast.
Will trade for a slower car.


What is your worst habit??

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Everyday Food

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Truth : What food would you eat everyday if you could?

We realize the irony – yesterday, we dared you to fast for 3 days & today we are asking you to tell us what food you would eat everyday if you could…

caroline says_1

All the foods that I had to give up because of my intolerance to lactose. Cheese, glorious cheese. Ice cream. Foods made with cream. Café au lait’s. Gelato. Pudding. Buttermilk biscuits. Oh my.

greg says_1

Basically every potato product ever invented!

Potato Chips
Potato Skins
Hash Browns
Tater Tots
Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes Au Gratin

But if I had to pick only one…then without a doubt it would be …


THRASHER FRENCH FRIES from Ocean City, Maryland. (with malt vinegar)

There are no better French fries in all the land!

I’ve asked God to have them in heaven. He said, “sure”.

What food would you eat everyday if you could?

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