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A New Speed of Family (empty nest)

Bob and Stephanie Liska are dear friends from a season past. They’ve poured into more highschool/ college students and young families’ lives than I bet they can even count! Lesley and I have been blessed by their relationship and watched from a distance each of their kids go off to college, they are a few… Read more »

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stolen bike

Our three-year-old loves his bike. LOVES his bike. It is not abnormal to find him wheeling around at 8:00 am after breakfast. He’s had stitches already due to his bike and currently has a skinned knee from a wreck.. but that does not hinder his zeal for his bike. It is quite entertaining, and to… Read more »

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New Year Challenge

There’s so much good that comes out of something like this. Today I accepted a challenge from Seth Dahl to “Put it down and Pick them Up” – watch the video below. If you want to get in on this (which I think you should)… record a video like the one below and post to… Read more »

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The best way to teach humility

Take a moment and think about something you aren’t all that proud of as a parent. Maybe it was something you said to your child. Maybe it is something you didn’t follow through with, maybe it was something you did that they called you out on…   Got it? Do you have something in your… Read more »

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on Bright and Loud

I am sitting in my office writing about my morning – where my heart is – and where I see God working…. my laptop sitting on my desk open with the screen “full blast bright”. Trying to ignore the glaring bright screen I write a bit more… then I turn to the next page in… Read more »

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Son, I voted for you.

This morning before I left for the day I asked my 10-year-old son who I should vote for…   R: “It’s your decision.” Me: “It’s your future.”     Whether it is this election, future elections, future policies, current events, natural disasters, trial, tribulation, or persecution – the way we have modeled and taught our kids will… Read more »

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Endless Smoothies

  Breakfast smoothies are a frequent in our house. Usually our blender makes enough for one boy let alone the whole army (joking.. kind of). Recently I was pouring “seconds” to one child I was reaching over the table stretching to pout the smoothie..     As I was pouring more smoothie into his cup… Read more »

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bikes and boundaries

What is it about boys and bikes? It’s probably a symbol of freedom, maybe it’s the speed, I don’t know.. — recently a few of the boys were riding their bikes out in front of our house. Like good, responsible parents we have given them boundaries as to how far they can go on their… Read more »

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a Father’s heart (music)

This album is 4 1/2 years coming… They are 4 songs for every stage of life – inspired by what I want my 5 sons to know. After some long processing (mostly in my head) but some of it in front of a whiteboard, journaling, Evernote, inviting feedback, and waiting on what the artwork would… Read more »

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What is your favorite sound?

  What is your favorite sound?   I recently asked this – it was a topic of discussion for meals, texts, twitter, facebook and even our neighborhood.   Some of the responses : thunder, an orchestra tuning before a concert, rain, various (specific) bird calls, silence (which I argue is not a sound), the net… Read more »