Proposal stories come in all shapes and sizes, but ours still makes me smile. I told Janelle to dress up because we were taking photos with my family, and drove her to the Botanic Gardens. Once there, we strolled through the flower gardens until we ended up at a picturesque white gazebo with a […]Read more "God Wrote a Fairytale…"
When I was a kid I made a striking discovery: when it comes to desserts, pink always tastes better. Because of this, I became partial to strawberry ice cream, watermelon Jolly Ranchers, pink Starbursts, pink jellybeans, and my recent favorite: a heavenly snow cone called “The Barbie.” “The Barbie” is a combination of pink cotton […]Read more "Thinking Pink: Why My Daughter Thinks I’m “One of the Girls”"
After a glorious wedding ceremony, my new bride and I had our picture perfect moment as they began to play our song during the reception. With a knowing smile, we took each other’s hand and swept across the dance floor in harmony, moving smoothly through the dance steps we had practiced for so long. It […]Read more "Learning to Dance"
I don’t know which is scarier… the T-Rex or my former hair style! :Ob Just a few short years ago, I surprised my wife with a last-minute weekend getaway to New York for our anniversary. It felt so adventurous to just throw some clothes in a backpack, hop on a plane, and go see […]Read more "Throwback Thursday – Escape to New York!"
You know you’re a first-time parent when potty training continues to get the best of you, taunting you at every turn. I’m really starting to hate that toilet… almost as much as my two-year-old does! If you’ve yet to experience the fun adventures of Amateur Potty Training, here’s a glimpse of what you have to […]Read more "Misadventures of an Amateur Potty Trainer…"
After years of chasing one dream after another, things finally clicked into place and God’s plan for my life became exquisitely clear. He was calling me to preach. Sure, I could become a teacher, a private music instructor, a professor, a writer, or a worship leader, and could probably find success. But that wasn’t […]Read more "Most Prized Possession: My Father’s Library"
“Oh, I’m just not the crying kind.” Famous last words. I used to try and convince my wife that I’m not the typical “dramatic musician” who wears his emotion on his sleeve, but I’ve since given up the charade. What can I say? I’m a sentimental person, and everybody knows it. But even after coming […]Read more "The Crying Kind…"
Well, tomorrow is Father’s Day, and it’s the first one I’ll get to celebrate as an actual father! Last year at this time my wife and I were still on the waiting list for a foster child placement, and while I was really hoping to be a father in time for Father’s Day, it just […]Read more "Thanks for the Inspiration, Dad!"
Facing the Shadows of a Foster Child’s Past… Nearly eleven months ago, we met our two beautiful foster children for the first time. I’ll never forget the elation I felt when I saw the car pull up in our driveway – or my consternation as they started to cry the moment I answered the door! […]Read more "Facing the Shadows of a Foster Child’s Past…"
The following letter was written by Lt. Walter Schuette during World War II, to be read to his newborn daughter in the event that he did not make it home alive. As we read what was on this father’s mind while off at war, may we remember all who are currently, serving away from their […]Read more "A Father’s War Letter: Memorial Day Feature"