“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” – Marvin J. Ashton “The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola All […]Read more "N – Nurturing Your Child’s Inner Picasso"
“The most decisive actions of our lives – I mean those that are likely to decide the whole course of our future – are, more often than not, unconsidered.” – Andre Gide No class, book, or amount of good-intentioned advice can truly prepare you for the ups and downs of fatherhood. When I […]Read more "K – “King Me”: The Art of Fatherhood"
As I was attempting to sleep in on Saturday morning, my blissful slumber was interrupted by the jarring sound of the refrigerator door slamming. I raced into the kitchen, to find my five-year-old heading toward his bedroom with an entire cheesecake and a fork! Parenting can be utterly exhausting at times! We work day […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Art in Progress"
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 As a parent I genuinely hope that I’m passing on the right kind of lessons to my children. Sometimes, however, they end up […]Read more "Motivating Monday -The Good Road"
“So, what’s it like to be a foster dad?” It’s a question that has worked its way into many a casual conversation since my wife and I joined a Foster-to-Adopt program. Well, let me help you with this. Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine the following… – You send your toddler to “time out” […]Read more "Foster Dads – I Salute You!"
As we prepare to ring in the New Year this weekend, many of us will choose to be “two-faced.” No, I’m not talking about doing something hypocritical. The dawn of a new year typically causes us to reflect on our past even as we dream about the future. This phenomenon is why Janus (the Roman […]Read more "Looking Ahead"
“A heart-based approach to parenting isn’t easy, but it’s where the significant work is done in a child’s life.” Dr. Scott Turansky & Joanne Miller, RN, BSN “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8 As Valentines Day looms ever closer, spouses are scrambling to […]Read more "Praying for Your Child’s Heart this Valentines Day…"
“I want you to play a game with me,” my daughter announced yesterday. “Well, it’s almost dinner time,” I answered. “Maybe we can play a game after dinner.” “I want you to play a game with me now,” she whined in that terrible, grating voice that all parents come to know oh-so-well. “You’re gonna have […]Read more "Waiting on God… and Waiting…"
The fateful day has arrived – your child is leaving for college. Their bags are packed, you’ve hugged the life out of them, and now you try to hold back tears as they pull away from the curb. As they ride off into the sunset, you ask yourself, “Have I covered everything? Have […]Read more "Book Review – “A Mom’s Point of View: Beginning Adulthood”"
We took the kids to a tree farm near our house to cut down our own Christmas Tree this year… we ended up with a scraggly little weed that would never pass for a real tree in the major stores, but the kids just fell in love with it! So many to choose from… Running […]Read more "Wordless Wednesday – The Great Christmas Tree Hunt"