“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!"
The other day I was with my four-year-old son in the yard when we noticed an airplane zooming overhead. “If you could fly anywhere in the whole world, where would you go?” I asked. Without hesitating, he cried gleefully, “McDonald’s!” I laughed, but realized that because of his limited experiences, that probably was the […]Read more "Dreaming Bigger"
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"
Fatherhood “Take any award-winning photos this week, Hal?” The older waitress asked her usual question as she handed over his daily cup of coffee. Usually Hal would laugh it off, but today he frowned deeply. His three year old daughter, Alaina, was running a fever today and hadn’t been allowed into daycare. He had tried […]Read more "Thursday 360 – “Fatherhood”"
“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly, for the most essential things are invisible to the eye.” Hans Christian Andersen – The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen, poet and author from Denmark, may have published The Ugly Duckling back in 1843, but this classic children’s tale is just as beloved – […]Read more "U: Uniquely You: Lessons from the “The Ugly Duckling”"
“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…"
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10Read more "Wordless Wednesday – Daddy’s Big Helper"
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”"
Sometimes it amazes me to see how much my young children can teach me about genuinely worshipping with a pure heart. The other day my three-year-old son was babbling as I rolled him through Wal-Mart in my grocery cart. We had just celebrated his birthday, and I guess you could say he was on […]Read more "“Happy Birthday, Daddy” – What My 3-Year-Old Taught Me About Worship"