The moment he was brought home, wrapped in towels, and cold to the core was a moment I will never forget. Zachary was surrounded by neighborhood children that were helping him walk his frozen body home.  I opened the door to see his tear stained face and listening to his sobs, “I am so sorry. I was so stupid. I am so sorry. My curiosity got the best of me. I am so sorry.” It was like the entire sky broke into a million shards of glass and came crashing down around me. My greatest fear was realized. Our sweet child had not heeded 6...

When is a good time to panic? Today I had a couple moments where panic manifested itself, in short order. The first moment, was hearing of an ‘active shooter’ at The Ohio State University.  I don’t think I’ve ever been in a 20 mile radius of anything like this, have you?  (And this was my thought when we were first hearing the news). Sure, we’ve heard about incidents in various other states-- and have prayed for those families, or changed our Facebook profile pictures.   But never has an incident like this been so close to “home.”  The Ohio State.  That’s our “home-base.”  Right? Elizabeth and I were driving down...

While I was adopted very shortly after birth, I’ve always known that I was adopted, so it was never a huge surprise to me. My dad always told me that I was a blue light special from Kmart and he was going to trade me in for a goldfish. It’s true--I've always wanted to find my birth mom. I knew she was young when she had me, around 16 years old, and that she had no family support. I was born in Toledo, Ohio through a Catholic charity. My family was told that whenever I wanted to find my birth mom all I had to do was...

Meet Todd and Duke: they are the guys behind the one-of-a-kind handcrafted supplement company Propello Life.   Propello Life is a story of brotherhood and true compassion for living. [caption id="attachment_8895" align="aligncenter" width="277"] Todd & Duke[/caption] Propello Life has been in business for all of three months now and everything along the way they've taken in stride, like a true family does. Their kickoff event was at Sweat Local Columbus' first 5K and Fitness Expo event back in July. But, their real journey began long ago, because they're brothers.  Two out of five brothers actually.  It was in their basement, where they would take turns spotting each other on the work-out bench getting ready for...

Yes, it's that time of year again---where we travel home and rejuvenate our need for connection. Some of us travel from far away, and others travel right next door.  But, we all reconnect with family and friends to break bread and give thanks. Usually we start talking about gratitude and listing off what we're thankful for.  But, the true heart of Thanksgiving, is about connection and cultivating that with one another. Who are you reconnecting with? Perhaps it's relatives you haven't seen in years, or your beloved in-laws.  Maybe it's simply your mom & dad, or your two moms.  Possibly a friends family, or just and all out #Friendsgiving. As I'm sure you...

My wife Addie and I are both from Central Ohio. We married in 2006 and started trying to have children soon after we were married. In 2007 we decided to move to California. My wife went to college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and spent most of her 20's living up and down the coast of LA County. I never imagined I would move out of Columbus, let alone out of the state.  After spending the first year getting settled into our California life, we then turned our focus back toward starting a family. After months, and then years of no...

"With parenting, we never want our kids to grow up, but it's this inevitable part of the process." The truth of that statement is what helped to inspire the naming of the shop Never Grow Up Boutique.  That and, Andrea's daughter's obsession with Peter Pan Live.   They would watch it on rerun. Her mother-in-law even loves TinkerBell!  It just magically fell into place. Andrea created Never Grow Up Boutique as a store dedicated to providing families with modern, natural, eco-friendly, and chemical free products to guide family life with ease.  They actually just had their grand opening last month!  So, it's safe to say that Andrea has been very busy.  But, how did this all fall into place? Well,...

The list of things we're not allowed to say is getting long.  Honestly, I'm not sure what is and isn't PC anymore.  And, I don't know about you, but growing up my parents encouraged passionate debates and open conversation.   Especially those topics, like politics, race, and religion.  Remind me, why they are taboo again?  Is it just because people are passionate about them? My parents encouraged these types of debates for a couple of reasons.  The main one being that, they wanted to educate and empower me.   But, they also believed they would be the most important conversations I would have in my life.  And, guess...

D&W Elements is a Columbus, Ohio based company dedicated to the fusion of modern design with vintage inspiration.  But, their beginning wasn't typical.  It all started from a bathroom vanity. "We know the passion and local pride you have for your city, and we are proud to help you show your support." Art has always been a part of Dan Wisniewski's story--the man behind D&W Elements. His grandfather was a woodworker by trade, and his father attended CCAD right here in Columbus.  Dan attended OSU for his degree in mechanical engineering.  Late into his undergrad degree he realized he wanted to pursue the creative side of engineering and focus on...

We love providing opportunities to help each other connect on a deeper level, and we hope that our personal stories do just that.  But, it's not just about helping connect the people of Columbus, it's also about educating each other too.  So, through our personal stories on adoption this month, you'll get an insight into different perspectives on the topic. One out of 25 U.S. families have an adopted child. If you're looking for a good read on foster care,  New York Times bestselling author Regina Calcaterra wrote a critically acclaimed book Etched in Sand.  It's a powerful memoir about her struggles and survival as a child in foster care.  Did you know Jamie...