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Swings in the Trees!

The Tree Swings

The Tree Swings

Since moving into our home in 2011 we’ve had an empty wooded lot beside us that’s been for sale. Since the economy and housing market has been improving we’ve seen the remaining available lots in our neighborhood selling and being built-on.

Those who know us know that we have amazing neighbors. Their house is on the other side of the empty lot.

We started talking to our neighbors about the lot and were all in agreement that we didn’t want someone to buy it and build a house on it, so we put together our heads and combined our resources and purchased the lot with them.

Close to our house, just inside the lot, stand two really sturdy trees with a decent amount of space between them over a pretty flat surface. When I saw them I immediately thought “swing set”.

I started searching for things like “swings built in trees” and “swing set made from trees” and ended up finding this page: The Tuscan Home: Spring Break Tree Swing Project where they laid out their steps and materials and included a bunch of pictures.

I spent a few weeks pouring over their info and measuring our trees and planning, and finally this past weekend was able to put it all together.

I am thrilled with the end result (as are our four children). Even our neighbor’s children who are older have been enjoying the swings.

Our girls and the neighbor's kids were all having a lot of fun.

Our girls and the neighbor’s kids were all having a lot of fun.

Avery swinging after breakfast before she has to leave for school.

Avery swinging after breakfast before she has to leave for school.

And finally, what was doubtless providence, it just so happened the best place for the swings just happened to be in full view from a reclining position in the hammock. Now, if only our kids can learn to swing without being pushed I’ll be all set.

View from the Hammock

View from the Hammock

Tybee 2014

A few weeks after our return from Tybee I completed editing all of our footage. Enjoy.

Tybee (Full Length) from iChip on Vimeo.


FatherTime Box

FatherTime Box

Mark & His Son | FatherTime Box

A friend of mine has come up with a really cool subscription service for dads. It’s a once-a-month box delivered to your home filled with activities to do with your kids. If you’re feeling stretched in the creativity department or just want more variety of things to do, this is an elegant solution.

There’s a Facebook page:, or if you’re more of a Twitter type:

50 Years Later :: C. S. Lewis

They said it was very much like C. S. Lewis to die on a day when the whole world’s attention was diverted elsewhere. While the world was shocked and dismayed by the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Lewis died at his home, The Kilns, in Oxford England.

While I certainly admire Kennedy, Lewis’s writings have been life-changing for me, and a conduit of grace by which God has helped me to better understand His goodness.

I’ve met members of Lewis’s family, I’ve visited his home, I’ve seen some of his belongings and inscriptions and gifts to others, and I’ve read his books . . . but I wish I’d known him in real life.

Holiday World, Labor Day 2013

Our family loves Holiday World, so that is where we decided to celebrate the end of summer.

Holiday World, Labor Day 2013

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