• Home Build

    Fast Forward: Week 19

    When we last shared a #HomeBuildingHalbrooks blog post, the crews were just wrapping up basement work in weeks 2-3.  While we’ve been occasionally chronicling the work on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, we haven’t posted another update here. So here goes… fast forward to week 19 and a quick tour of the house! First things first… after weeks of waiting (and way-too-cold temperatures), the brick supplies for the front of the house showed up today. Hopefully, the brick work can be done in the next few days before the temperatures turn cold again. Here’s a view of the front of the house from a couple of weeks ago as the…

  • Home Build

    Weeks 2 & 3: Basement Work

    Weeks 2 & 3 of #HomeBuildingHalbrooks brought basement walls, preparing for the basement floor (including the plumbing rough-in for the basement bathroom), and filling back in around the outside of the foundation. A rainy forecast today (that never materialized) kept…

  • Home Build

    Tomorrow we dig!

    After months of planning, designing, and arrangement-making, tomorrow’s the big day when the diggers arrive and we break ground on our new home. It’s an exciting day – we’re looking forward to sharing lots of updates along the way.

  • Leadership

    New Volunteer Role

    I’m honored to be able to say that I’ve been asked to join our local scout council’s cub scout camping committee. Camping has long been one of my favorite aspects of the scouting experience, as evidenced in part by my 9 years…

  • Culture,  Leadership


    At last week’s National Order of the Arrow Conference (I’ll do a write-up about the whole event soon), National Chief Alex Call launched a movement in his Wednesday night address. He asked (“dared”) each of the 15,000 Arrowmen in attendance…

  • Personal


    [pey-tree-ahrk] n. noun 1. the male head of a family or tribal line. My Grandpa Halbrook passed away this morning at 10:53. He was 85. He was facing three necessary surgeries, each more risky and complicated than the last. His body didn’t carry him…

  • Leadership,  Personal

    Epic Order of the Arrow #TBT

    Today, I’m sharing a massive Throwback Thursday (#TBT): A stockpile of thoughts and memories that have come to me in recent weeks as I’ve been pondering the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow. I’m also sharing audio of…