My goal in life is to keep things simple. I am still working on that – probably a lifelong endeavor.
But I have been able to simplify a few things in my life. I really believe in practical compassion - doing small things that make a BIG difference. My faith is a driver of my worldview, actions, and attitudes; and my faith is centered on Jesus. The way that He lived a life of unconditional love is how I want to live life, too. Also, I absolutely adore living in Nampa, Idaho with my wife Nikki, son Kenny, and daughter Rosie.
Practical Compassion is all about doing small things to help people have a better regular, everyday life. I try to focus on this in my neighborhood and city through my involvement with my local Rotary club, Salvation Army, planning neighborhood events, and trying to be a good guy. I also try to live out practical compassion internationally through my organization Because International. We try to make things better by making better things. Our first project is a shoe that adjusts and expands its size. We call it The Shoe That Grows.
And I love living in my hometown of Nampa, Idaho. I am an Idaho boy. That is a fact. I love fishing. I love the outdoors. I love the little local events that happen here in Nampa – from the Farmer’s Market, to anything happening Downtown, to the awesome fundraisers for local charities. I serve on a few boards of local organizations and committees of civic clubs. I read the local paper everyday. My family and I love our life in Nampa, Idaho.
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One day when I was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya at an orphanage with about 140 kids – I was walking to church with all the kids. I looked down at the little girl in a white dress next to me and was shocked to see that her shoes were way too small. They were so small she had to cut open the front of her shoes to let her toes stick out.
That was the day when the idea for The Shoe That Grows was born.
Fast forward through six years of hard work, failing, designing, failing some more, and ultimately creating The Shoe That Grows. A shoe that grows 5 sizes and lasts up to 5 years. Our website does a much better job telling the story of The Shoe and providing a ton of info.
There is just something special about my hometown of Nampa, Idaho. It is nestled in the Treasure Valley – about 20 minutes from the capital city of Boise. It is home to about 90,000 people. And it has been my home since I was born 30 years ago.
My wife, little son Kenny, and I love our life here in Nampa. We love doing local activities. Walking to Downtown Nampa for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Fourth Friday concerts, and other festivals are a favorite thing to do. We love having coffee (iced chai for me!) at the Flying M Coffee Garage. And we love eating pizza at Messenger Pizza.
We also love helping other people and projects in Nampa, too. I serve on the Advisory Board for the Nampa Salvation Army. I am also on the design committee for the Nampa Downtown Association. I am a part of the local Nampa Rotary club that does awesome events and activities for the community. We love being involved with the Nampa Family Community Shelter and our local school district, too.
Our life is Nampa is such a big part of who we are as a family. And it is a big part of who I am. I love being an Idahoan. And I absolutely love life here in Nampa.