Category Archives: Parenting

Lessons in heroism from a six-year old

“I wonder why they’re called storm troopers? They don’t even make storms…” he says, staring up at me through those little glasses, his head resting on a pillow at the foot of the bed. Gavin has come to keep me … Continue reading

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18 Years From Now…

Who will Luke and Wyatt be when they grow up, move out and hit the world on their own two feet (or four feet, collectively)? What passions will drive them? What character traits will define them? What mark will they … Continue reading

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Two More…

Two more boys. Two more pairs of tiny footsteps following in mine. Two more adventurous, daring and passionate hearts to direct and try with everything in me not to squelch.   Two more ninja, pirate, super-hero, knights saving the day… … Continue reading

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Potty Training And Perspective

There comes a point in every child’s life where a line must be drawn. A bridge must be crossed. A question must be answered… Am I going to move on from toddlerhood toward maturity? Am I going to remain satisfied … Continue reading

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The Road Ahead :: A Few Thoughts On Expectations

Yesterday was our ninth anniversary. We have a five-year old boy, a two-year old girl and Erin is pregnant with twins. Wow. When I write it out like that it feels kind of surreal. Like it’s someone else’s life, not … Continue reading

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Freedom Hurts :: Life While The Kids Are Away…

As the van drove away, I felt Erin’s head lean hard against my shoulder and I could hear that she was crying. I felt my heart beating faster with the strangest sort of longing. And for the next minute or … Continue reading

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Preschool Graduations :: Thoughts on God’s joy in us

Every year our church hosts the graduation ceremonies for the Preschool next door. And every year I am amazed at the insane level of enthusiasm in the room. Parents start showing up, as early as, two hours before the ceremony … Continue reading

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Castles Made Of Sand :: When Parenting Meets Life-Planning…

We just got back from a spontaneous two-day trip to the beach. It was a desperately needed break from our other responsibilities to focus on our too often neglected, yet critically important, relationships within our own family. One of my … Continue reading

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Parental Advisory :: This Book Contains Explicit And Violent Scenes

Yesterday I was in the middle of my normal morning routine… shower, clothes, brushing teeth, flossing (eh, who am I kidding… I floss, like, twice a year). Anyway, the TODAY show was on, as usual. And I hear a little … Continue reading

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Frequent Flyer

I was watching Kate (my 18-month old) playing with a shape sorter the other day. You know, the thing with the shape blocks that fit through specific shaped holes. I watched her as she struggled with a star shape for … Continue reading

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