The Drive-In Life


If you’ve never been to a drive-in movie, you are missing out.  When I was a kid, I loved everything about the drive-in.  My mom would pop popcorn, and we would pack a cooler full of drinks. Then, we would pile into our Ford Pinto with lawn chairs and blankets and spend the evening watching movies under a starry sky.

I couldn’t wait for the day I could share this magical experience my own kids. The only problem is my daughters don’t like going to the movies. They would rather stream an old TV show on YouTube than watch the latest blockbuster on the big screen.  Growing up watching videos on phones, tablets and portable DVD players has turned them off to the whole cinematic experience. 

To make it even harder, they don’t like movies that aren’t classic musicals or have the words American Girl in the title.  Good luck finding one of those playing at the drive-in.  Continue reading

Thanksgiving Challenge Day 23

I’m thankful tonight for the ways God protects us that we’ll never know about this side of Heaven.  Think about it.  We blame God for all of the bad things that happen in our lives, but He gets no credit for the tragedies He has prevented.   I imagine if we could see all of the threats and near misses we’ve been spared, we would fall to the ground and immediately give thanks.  But we can’t see them, which is good, I think, because it would probably freak us out. 


Thank You for Your faithful protection.  I know bad things happen to good people and there are no guarantees in this broken, messed up world, but I also know You have jumped in and saved the day more times than I could ever guess.  Thank you for your unseen intervention. 


Pumpkin Patch Faith

I loved Halloween as a kid for many reasons: the costumes, the candy, and, of course, the Great Pumpkin. I’ve watched the classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” dozens of times, but no matter how much I’ve seen it, my heart still goes out to poor Linus, who spends the night in the pumpkin patch awaiting the arrival of the Great Pumpkin.

In case you grew up on the moon and have never seen this Peanuts’ masterpiece, let me bring you up to speed.  Linus van Pelt has somehow confused his holiday traditions and believes that just as Santa makes his rounds every Christmas Eve, so the legendary Great Pumpkin visits children on Halloween night.

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