Minimalist Christmas Tree 3.0 {Photos}

For the third year in a row, we went the minimalist route with our Christmas tree. Perhaps it's the conservation Christmas tree, naturalist Christmas tree, or some other appropriate adjective. Whatever you want to call it, we enjoy it. We enjoy the whole process, as opposed to what it had been like. This year, it … Continue reading Minimalist Christmas Tree 3.0 {Photos}

The RID Project: Christmas Tree (Update #6) {Repost}

This was originally posted, on my previous blog, in November of 2011. For an explanation of The RID Project, click here. To read previous updates, click here. I hated our Christmas tree. We were given a fake Christmas tree when we moved into our home, and we were excited to get it. However, the thing … Continue reading The RID Project: Christmas Tree (Update #6) {Repost}

One Car Family

"I don't know how you guys do it." The "it" would be owning one car. (A minivan to be precise.) We are a six-person family, going lots of different places, and we have one vehicle to get us from place to place. I love it. For Jana and I, for the entirety of our history … Continue reading One Car Family

Minimalism Christmas Tree

As some of you know, last Christmas Jana and I tried a new approach with our Christmas tree. We went with a branch instead of a tree. The previous five Christmases, we had a fake Christmas tree we used that was cumbersome. Inevitably, Jana and I would seem to get into some stupid argument while … Continue reading Minimalism Christmas Tree

Beyond The Message: Minimalism and the Bible {Video}

In the latest Beyond The Message, I had the opportunity to sit down with Joshua Becker and talk about minimalism. Joshua is an author and speaker on the topic, and has been writing about his own minimalism journey at his blog Becoming Minimalist. I first heard Joshua share about minimalism back in 2010, and it … Continue reading Beyond The Message: Minimalism and the Bible {Video}

The RID Project: Husker Football (Update #26)

I think the easy thing would be to write one sentence and move on, but where's the fun with that? Last fall, when I wrote about getting rid of the NFL, I received the most criticism about a specific The RID Project post. One of the ripple effects was there were times I had something … Continue reading The RID Project: Husker Football (Update #26)

The RID Project: Music (Update #25)

I've said this a few times here on the blog, but I'll say it again quickly. At one point in my life, my identity was centered around music. I lived and breathed it. Slowly, though, I arrived at the point where I boxed up numerous albums of mine and got rid of them.Since I started … Continue reading The RID Project: Music (Update #25)

The RID Project: Soundtracks 2.0 (Update #24)

This isn't my first time getting rid of soundtracks. Last November, I started reducing my collection of soundtracks. It's time for another round of reduction.Why am I getting rid of some of these soundtracks now? The catalyst was Spotify. If you don't know, Spotify is an online music service. One can listen to practically any … Continue reading The RID Project: Soundtracks 2.0 (Update #24)

The RID Project: Apple Boxes (Update #23)

Some of the things I have kept appear to be motivated by common sense. Like the various Apple boxes I have in my basement. ("Look at my stack of Apple boxes, that I keep on the top shelf out of view, here in the cellar!") Because once I have opened and used my Apple item, … Continue reading The RID Project: Apple Boxes (Update #23)

The RID Project: Sunk Costs {with Lemony Snicket} (Update #22)

A series of unfortunate booksWhen there is a television or book series, and it starts to decline in quality, you usually here how fans of the series don't like it like they once did. However, they will stick with the series because they have invested so much into the series already.I think most fans, when … Continue reading The RID Project: Sunk Costs {with Lemony Snicket} (Update #22)