There is a place in Idaho where my family has vacationed my entire life.

Things are different there.  Some of my best friends in the world were made there.  Some of my best friends now also vacation there.  Time stops for me there.  The smell of the dirt enchants me there.  I’ve broken the only bone I’ve ever broken there…and walked on that broken toe for days after there.  I learned every single song by Mike Wagoner there.  My sister Rachel and I go on walks there.  My dad and I drank entire bottles of tequila there.  I’ve fought and cried and been irresponsible there.  I am at peace there.

So it’s not easy to not be there.  This week.  And with my family, who — warts and all — I love endlessly.  (That statement is more about my warts than theirs, by the way.)

I couldn’t let the week go by without what I believe to be the most embarrassing thing I do each year (other than spinning Kathleen around on the dancefloor).  So to my family of birth and the family who chose me, this video is for you.

(I really think it’s interesting where my focus is in the header image compared to everyone else in the picture.  I can’t explain it.  I don’t remember what I was thinking.  But it is striking to me now.)


Posted by Jason Krech

Faith, accountability, and dismissing any notion of being flawless are benchmarks of cool people. (Opinions are my own and represent no organization, corporation, or other entity I may be affiliated with.)


  1. Darleen McColley-Guzik August 15, 2015 at 00:49

    I have sooo enjoyed your blogs and videos. Just wanted you to know how much they touched me. Your Mom will always be my “forever friend” as well as the rest of your family. I can’t believe the number of years that have gone by…next year it will be 40 years! You and your sisters and their families will always have a special place in my heart.

    Wishing you a really fun vacation!
    Love and hugs,
    Darleen McColley-Guzik

    Liked by 1 person


    1. Dareleen that’s so wonderful of you to say and also for taking the time to comment. You have had such a long relationship with our family — well, you are yourself family to me and always have been. Guess what — you’re the first comment ever and that’s a big deal!



      1. Darleen McColley-Guzik August 15, 2015 at 23:30

        Wow…that’s hard to believe! I feel very honored with that distinction.


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