We emerged from the seven day family road trip that involved five nights of camping in the Blackhills of SD, and the only person with clean clothes remaining was my wife. An hour on the road with a five and one year old can seem like a half-day. Snacks are crucial, but can give way … Continue reading The Ultimate Test of Spiritual Fitness: Family Tent Camping for Five Nights
My son has been to many of weddings for someone a little over four years of life under his belt. He is at the perfect age for running around the reception, dancing, getting hopped up on sugar and entertaining people of all ages. He’s slow to warm up, but my four year-old eventually joined a … Continue reading Getting Back Up After Getting Knocked Down: A Lesson From My Pre-School Son
I write about the the necessity of God in my life to be a good father. And I believe it, after all that's what keeps me writing about it over and over. However, there are times where I feel like an absolute fraud, wondering why anyone should even take my advice. There are times when … Continue reading Forgotten Matchbox Cars and losing My Sanity with My Parking Ticket
My life is busy. Two kids under the age of five, a full-time job, a wife with a full-time job and all of the grown up responsibilities that come with running a growing household. I could easily say I'm tired. I can easily say I'm tired. Everywhere I look there is a floor that needs … Continue reading Letting Go, Letting God and Letting the Baby Eat Her Socks
The scene was one of laughter and joy, reading the Berenstain Bears Go To School book. Sister goes to get on the bus, and my son imagines himself being in her place. "What if I just stood there and didn't get on the bus?" he asked. "The bus driver would say, 'come on,'" I said, waving my … Continue reading It’s In His Blood and There is Nothing We Can Do
I've written before that I've always been a little more of a pushover than someone who stands up for what they believe. At least this has been true up until my mid-thirties. I've recently heard hindsight as described as 10K rather than 20/20 vision, and I am feeling like that is true. I can now … Continue reading Which is more Fatherly? Parenting So They Like You or Giving Them What They Need
I was gifted the opportunity to volunteer with a nonprofit called Start Reading Now that provides first-graders in poverty the ability to take ten books home before summer break. One particular study shows that giving low-income kids books over the summer is equivalent to sending them to summer school. The program empowers students to select … Continue reading Setting or Settling The Bar?