Open Source Church Management Software

The past few months I’ve been working with the smart folks at Focus Ministry to help refine the business direction.  They are doing an amazing job building products and managing custom development for churches.  Much of their work has been focused on extending or customizing existing church management software such as Fellowship One and Community Church Builder. As… Read More »

One Year on the Farm

It’s been one year since we moved to the “farm” and we’ve made a ton of progress on our journey of becoming more self-sufficient.  Here is a recap of all that we have accomplished in the last 12 months. – We started with 3 hens but slowly added a few more here and there.  We now have… Read More »

Why I’m Selling Real Estate

I am a contrarian investor.  When the masses start moving into real estate investing and private equity firms are purchasing 100,000’s homes then it is time for me to exit.  So, I recently sold one of my 3 rental properties. I purchased 4948 Thorn Hollow out of foreclosure for $120,900 in December of 2009 when few… Read More »

Why We Moved

After 12 wonderful years in our Southridge Lakes neighborhood home, we moved.  We purchased a slightly smaller, much older, fixer-upper on roughly 2 acres in Southlake.   A good number of people were perplexed by our decision so I thought it’d be good time to explain. Different Lifestyle – While we loved our suburban life,… Read More »

BuddyPress Demo – Example Site

As the days of web 1.0 are coming to an end we’ll start seeing a slew of niche-based social networks taking over static web 1.0 space.   Personally I’m not a big fan of the typical web forum as a very small percentage of visitors actually contribute to the forum discussions. Fortunately there are several… Read More »

Confession: I Grow Vegetables in Fish Poo

Warning – if you have dinner at our house you might be eating vegetables grown in… fish poo. I’ve taken a page from the ancient Aztecs and started growing my organic vegetables from the fish waste which provides nutrients for the plants. Today it is called Aquaponics – the integration of aquaculture (farm raised fish)… Read More »

Aquaponics – My New Hobby

It is no secret that I’ve been enjoying organic gardening the last couple of years.  We’ve successfully grown tomatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini squash, peppers, broccoli and spinach. We’ve had limited success with berries and sweet potatoes but still working on those. We are big proponents of the urban farming, local, organic food movement and we… Read More »

Challenges with WooCommerce v2.0

Update: as of  Aug 21, 2012, the Scandle Candle site below is no longer using WooCommerce.  I was never able to successfully upgrade to WooCommerce v2.0 so we moved it to BigCommerce. Since Woocommerce seems to be a popular topic on my blog, I thought I’d follow up with an update to my original Woocommerce… Read More »