We have a debt to those before us and an obligation to those that come after us. We maximize life and potential through heart, intelligence, and grit. We focus on our bond. We do all of this together because we are always stronger together. Mostest. — Porter Family Mission Statement In August 2015, I had the amazing opportunity to crew and pace a friend in the Leadville Trail 100 Run. It was a life changing experience, and one I previously wrote about with a commitment to return to Leadville in one manner or another. For those who want the short version, this is a 100 mile race on trails starting in Leadville, Colorado at 10,200 ft above sea level with climbs up mountains[…]

When it was time for dinner, Courtney and I sit with our kids and want to know how each of their days was. Sometimes, a child would just utter “Fine”, “ok”, etc. and want to move on. Other times, a child would be so excited that others wouldn’t have a chance to share their day. This was completely non-conversational and awkward! A few months ago, we started structuring the conversation and came down to five (kinda, six) questions. These are the questions: How was your day? What was your favorite thing that happened today? What was your least favorite? Who did you have lunch with today? Who did you play with at recess today? What is one thing you learned[…]

A number of family and friends know this story already. It’s time to write it down for posterity’s sake and because I hope Avery will read it one day. As many people know and talked about in a previous post, I have lost a bit of weight the past 2 years (from 199 lb to 148-150 lb on a 5’9″ medium frame), started running (A LOT!), and maintained a healthy lifestyle, which does include partaking in craft beer. The story is how I got here, why I love children’s honesty truth and view of the world, and how my children inspire me almost every day. Two years ago, Courtney shared a story with Avery about the days before Courtney and[…]

In November 2006, we purchased a high definition Panasonic 42″ plasma television for our family room. Our crappy 22 inch TV was developing dark spots and fading. Courtney wanted a panel television due to the odd layout of our family room. I am far from a videophile or audiophile – hell, I can not even tell you if the system is 720 progressive, 720 interlace, 1020, whatever. For me, I just want a decent picture and TiVo. We were on of the early adopters of TiVo, having purchased our Series 1 Standalone unit in March 1999. (For reference on the time, I also picked up our first DVD player and the recently released copy of an Oscar-forgotten story detailing a[…]

It’s a relatively sad day for the Porter family. We have been searching for Ike since January 7th but are losing hope. It started when I let him out early that morning. Since then, Saint Louis has been plagued with exceptionally cold weather. Almost every night, Avery expresses her concerns and tells us how much she misses and loves Ike. It absolutely breaks our hearts. Personally, I am beginning to believe someone has him and is keeping him. Our flyers and posters are “mysteriously” disappearing around the neighborhood.

Today marked a number of firsts for Christmas.  It was Owen’s first Christmas ever.  It was Gabe’s first Christmas where he understood what to do with presents.  His patent move was to unleash the fists of fury with wrapping paper being thrown over both shoulders. For Avery, it was the first Christmas where she understood who Santa Claus is and that she gets presents.  She had prepared the entire family for what she wanted – a robe and Baby Alive. It was a great time for us and our family.  Pictures are slowly being uploaded to the gallery.  Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

I love Saturdays. Saturdays are my time to take a step back and realize what really is important in life. Saturday is the day Courtney heads to work, and I have all three kids from 8 am to 6 pm. Yes, ten hours of (usually) no “work” work. This is my personal private time with the children besides “Little Gym” time. Today was one of those great Saturdays. Avery and Gabe played hard and had minimal television time. They did take a break to watch The Land Before Time despite Gabe having jammed peanut butter crackers in the VCR. What about Owen? Well, his first tooth came in last night. It’s hard to believe that we will be celebrating his[…]