Recently, I spent a week in Spain as a volunteer with Vaughan Town. My purpose was to help Spaniards who were already fairly fluent in English to improve their speech.
The story of our first failed attempt to potty train our daughter
My niece was born with a rare genetic disorder which causes her to stop breathing when she falls asleep. This is a letter to her about the first time I heard her cry and about how her story is impacting others.
Our family’s trip to Haiti with the Global Orphan Project showed me the importance of being okay with not being okay. This is Part 2 of my reflections.
Our family’s trip to Haiti with the Global Orphan Project showed me the importance of being okay with not being okay.
My parents bought a rental house in my college town, and it has become a place of hospitality and generosity that has impacted hundreds of students.
“Okay, that’s it. I’m not going to be disappointed on Mother’s Day again.” This was me talking to myself last year (2014) as I cooked breakfast for my family and no one even said “Happy Mother’s Day…”
Ken Barun is an amazing husband and father. Here’s why.
What Sethea wants her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren to know about love and marriage.
Ken has experienced real change through his faith, and he’ll fight to defend each person’s freedom to believe.
Seth shares about the day he graduated college and one of his favorite memories about Ken—his dad and best friend.
Shanel shares one of her favorite memories about her mom singing her heart out at church.
How Louis would describe Ken to future generations.
Shelsea shares about wrecking her first car—a birthday gift from her parents—and how Ken’s response reveals some of the qualities she loves most about him.
Shanté wasn’t expecting to find a film crew waiting for her when she showed up for family Christmas, but the experience made the Barun family’s holiday one to remember.
The Baruns launched their family storytelling experience with lasagna and a camera crew on Christmas Eve.
Adam describes the first time he met Sethea and some of his favorite qualities about her.
Seth shares a comical story about attempting to get the bride and the girls to Ken and Sethea’s wedding on time as well as some of his favorite things about Sethea.
During the 2014 holiday season, I introduced a twist on the traditional Advent. I wanted to participate in activities that were intentionally about spending time with my kids & teaching them about generosity. We did 21 days of Advent with random acts of kindness.
Traveling to Israel was an unforgettable and faith-shaping journey for Ken and Sethea.
Through a series of seemingly coincidental events, Sethea’s sister found faith and a miracle.
The Chaotic Beauty of Rio The Linvilles’ trip to Brazil began in Rio de Janeiro, a city of beautiful beaches, wildlife, and architecture, as well as chaos, pollution, and slums. “I didn’t have an appreciation […]
Remote and Rugged: A Father/Son Experience In 2012, Randy and Jake Linville took a father/son trip to the Galápagos, which brought them closer together though the shared experience of new and unusual sights. “It was […]
Ken, Sethea, and their three girls enjoyed a relaxing week on the beach.
After 20 years with the company and living through two CEOs passing away, Ken decided it was time for him to go.
The Baruns face a series of heartbreaking events that would challenge anyone and undo many.
How Ken and Sethea met and befriended the Duchess of York.
The Baruns were models for a day to raise money to fight breast cancer.
Two kids, one dog, and Dad’s expensive, beloved parrot.
After Ken became a Christian, he and Sethea learned how to make God part of their daily lives.
Ken and Sethea’s wedding day was a beautiful symbol of God’s faithfulness.
Ken, a new McDonald’s executive, and Sethea, a beautiful barber, meet and fall in love at the company’s headquarters.
Ken knew he was still missing something, but he never would have guessed he would find it through faith in Christ. Ken met Paul Saber in 1987 at a charity race. They were riding in […]
Sethea learns a heartbreaking reality about her mother and her family.
Sometimes Ken and Sethea just marvel at all the amazing opportunities they’ve had.
Why our family is choosing not to participate in the Christmas Santa Tradition
Sethea becomes the owner of McClip, a small barbershop inside the McDonald’s headquarters.
Ken hits the campaign trail and tries his hand at politics.
Once Sethea developed a relationship with God, she began to view her life differently.
How one client’s words made an eternal impact on Sethea’s life.
A critical barber teacher, a loving mother, a dedicated mentor, and plain hard work led Sethea to winning first place in the state barber competition of 1979.
Ken loses everything and finds himself living on the streets, desperate to get off of drugs.
One income, 12 children, 10 acres, and no running water.
Sethea used to feel ashamed about her dyslexia, but now she knows God made her exactly how He intended.
This family of 14 values patience, hard work, and lots of love.
Faith traditions played a formative role in Ken’s childhood.
Sethea’s parents always worked to make Christmas special for their children.
It was fate and a certain amount of biology that Eleanor Frances Powell Horne was born on November 10, 1936, and I was not born until about six years later.
For Roey Diefendorf, his grandfather’s development of the Argonne Players displays a powerful legacy of finding creative solutions to difficult problems.
Part 2 of a creative nonfiction piece commemorating Grandpa Max’s life. In memory of my great-grandfather, Charles Maxwell Overholt, November 16, 1912 – March 25 2013.
A creative nonfiction piece commemorating Grandpa Max’s life. In memory of my great-grandfather, Charles Maxwell Overholt, November 16, 1912 – March 25 2013.