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Is it Always Going to Be Like This? Nope!

This year started with a a terrible person getting into the White House, and from there, life threw some personal struggles at me and Jen. During these tough times, Jen will ask me, "It's going to…


Illinois Marathon

I started running my freshman year of high school. I had never run before, but I still remember that first 4 mile run and how amazing I felt. That started a 9 year stretch of my life where running…


So Much Fun

I completed my first season as a Girls on The Run (GOTR) Coach. Being a boy and a coach for GOTR is pretty rare. I was the only one out of about 115 coaches at the East Central Illinois branch of…


Happy Birthday Jen

(pictured above is the first birthday I spent with her 5 years ago). Happy birthday to the most giving woman I know. I don't know how her heart is able to give so much, but she always gives and…


Another Work Weekend with Tim & MaryKay

Jen's parents came to visit us this weekend in anticipation of Jen's upcoming birthday! But Tim & MaryKay are always awesome at helping us cross some big projects off our list. They are do-ers,…


Polar Dash!

Jen really hates running. But she is one of the strongest and most determined people I know. So that means we have fun doing some crazy races because if you're gonna run, better try and make it……


Nate's Jaw Surgery

So it's been just over 4 weeks since I went into an 8 hour surgery. I remember laying in my hospital bed pre-surgery with Jen holding my hand. Next thing I knew I had no idea where I was and I was…


My Old Face

The face I have now is about to be my old face. I have an underbite - it doesn't bother me much, but that's because I'm used to it. Since being with Jen, I realize I don't eat like a normal person;…


Smokey Mountains

It's been a very busy semester for Jen and Me - we are both teaching (me at EIU, and she is student teaching at Windsor), I'm working my full-time job as a web developer, and Jen has been leading…


The Hobbit

Jen had a great gift for me this year for the holidays - she stole me away to Champaign, surprise me with a great dinner at the Big Grove Tavern, and then brought me to the movies to see The Hobbit:…