I retired from the US Army Special Forces in 2017 after 25 years of service. I had been a soldier for over half of my lifetime. When I read it in black and white, it seems too crazy to be true. Honestly, I don’t think I’m adjusting to life outside of the Army nearly as well as I had envisioned. In fact, I didn’t think there would be an “adjustment phase,” but here I am… adjusting, one day at a time.
I have four beautiful children; three daughters and a son. Their mother was my first wife… the first of four failed marriages. When people talk about recognizing Special Forces guys due to their tattoos, Harley Davidsons, high-risk behavior / hobbies, and divorces… well, I’m “that guy.” Despite it all, I think I’m a pretty laid-back and chillax dude.
My parents met in the Philippines while my Dad was serving in the US Navy near the end of the Vietnam War. I was born in the Sandhills of central Nebraska in the ’70s. The oldest of three children, our parents raised us in Nebraska, Iowa, California, and Alaska. They chose a life that allowed them to be present in ours. My Dad was a Baptist minister for a number of years and my Mom was housewife and worked at our school. They showed us how to be content with, appreciate, and be thankful for what we had. I have great memories from my childhood filled with wild stories and lots of laughter.
The intent for this website is to document my pursuit of a more simple, intentional, rich life with less stuff. My selfish aim during this pursuit is to become a better son to my parents, brother to my siblings, example to children, and to be more present in the lives of my loved ones and friends.