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This is the last week to sign up your kids for the Armstrong Little League baseball/softball season! Be sure to get them signed up. We would love to see all the kids we can out there on the field. … more
Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart has been a lightning rod during the past three years over the way Iowa’s public schools have responded to the Covid pandemic. Ahart announced last week … more
Week nine was full of subcommittees for bills that have been sent over from the Senate.  There is a push to get these bills through before the second funnel end date which is next Friday.  … more
37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first … more
This week, week eight of session, was truly monumental!  Monday after legislative business had adjourned for the day, I had to opportunity to watch some girls state basketball including a team … more
I saw my 5 year old was eating a sucker he got for Valentine’s Day so I asked him what flavor it was and he answered “car wash.” …What?… I had no idea what he meant … more
Psalm 19:10 “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” What do the Bible, honey and gold have in common? You may think … more
A few weeks ago Taylor and I had to take Calvin to his ENT surgery for tubes being put into his ears. Many of you may remember when we did that. I forgot to mention a funny story about our trip over. … more
Please pray for me, my wife, and my grandmother as we travel six hours south this weekend for my cousin’s bridal shower with a nine month old baby who doesn’t like car rides. I think my … more
There has been a lot of talk lately about why Iowa’s K-12 school districts need to be more transparent, and more accessible and more accountable, to parents and the rest of the tax-paying … more
The large amounts of committee and subcommittee meetings have died down and we have started floor debate for lots of bills. Most of the bills that we passed this week were noncontroversial and had … more
Our home as welcomed two new family members. Groot and Captain America now live upstairs in our home. Both Groot and Cap are betta fish and take minimum care taking. It is also hard for Hartley to be … more
My Armstrong home had always been sort of a menagerie.  We always had at least two dogs and my two older brothers had at least two aquariums, each, as did I.  I also had turtles, American … more
This week was the first funnel week of the session. This means that all individual bills have to be passed through the proper committee to make it to the floor for debate. If a bill doesn't make it … more
I was folding some towels when my three-year-old came into the room. I handed her a washcloth and said, “here this is how you fold towels” and demonstrated . I told her to try, she … more
 Here in the North Country, we’ve wrapped up a week of birthday celebrations and are settling-in to the time when more snowbirds are leaving for a few weeks or months of sunshine in warmer … more
I am currently preaching through Acts, and one of the things that is readily apparent in the earliest chapters of the book is that the apostles, a group that was once characterized by their … more
Week five was another busy week. We didn't gavel in on Monday since the Iowa caucuses were being held, but on Tuesday we got right to work. There were more than 85 subcommittee meeting this week in a … more
Valentines Day is usually pressure filled for men trying to show their loved ones how much they love them. Or perhaps more accurately that they didn’t forget Valentines Day so they don’t … more
Last week I wrote about Del Matheson’s From Afar... column and how we were publishing the last one he had sent to us. This week we say hello to a new columnist in that page 2 spot. A good … more
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