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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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What do you like to hear?

What do you like to hear? We asked that question at supper tonight… It’s a question that has many layers.. ask a four-year old or a ninety-four year old and you’ll get vastly different answers. But… of the 4 rounds around our supper table tonight… no one answered : “I like to hear people yell… Read more »

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Paddle the Boat : Saying No. (Pt 3 of 4)

  My knuckles turning white on the full grocery cart I’m pushing. Dreading the impulse buy gauntlet (aka “check-out line”). The questions WILL come. “Can I have this?” “Can I get ONE thing [they mean candy]?” I’ll be honest, I want to say yes, EVERY single time. I mean, come on… sugar tastes good. So here… Read more »

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Paddle the Boat : The Budget Sync (Pt 1 of 4)

Lesley’s email to our friends, the post on margin, and a late night video chat date with some dear friends about a month ago have collectively stirred some thoughts which has led me to a series I found myself writing called “paddle the boat”. The “boat” being the all-encompassing “family life”.  and the “paddle the” would be… Read more »

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/ krāzē mākər / n.

  “Crazy Maker” / krāzē mākər / n. a person who makes crazy in an organization, group, or in another person’s life.  …. that’s my definition. There are moments when I’ll tell my kids to stop being crazy makers. You know the moments… when they pick on each other to simply pick on each other. You know,… Read more »

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survival mode

“How was your day?” Lesley asked as we touched base at around 8:50 tonight. She had a much deserved and needed break with her sister and was on her 2 hour trip back home. I paused. “I know you understand; but at one point it became survival mode.” She giggle/empathized. I feel I’m somewhat idealistic… Read more »

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the comfort in the violence of vomit

  Of the 32 of life I’ve lived I have not run across one person that likes vomit… Just saying.  (how’s that for a hook??) Our house currently has two “down and out” – both staying close to large bowls / buckets. My mind might be strange. I can’t help but to think what is it about buckets… Read more »

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things we say to our kids [part 2]

A few weeks ago we shared a few things we believe should be continually cut from our vocabulary as parents. This week we share “part 2”: Things we are striving to say to our kids or looking forward to saying in the future. For this post I asked to a few parents from various seasons of parenting and asked them the… Read more »

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fill up with the right stuff

  Last week Lesley had a ‘bout with some weird bug. She could barely get out of bed. I knew she didn’t feel good when she went  to bed… and so – I prepared myself to be “pro-active Dad”.  That entailed:  nurse, taxi, nanny, judge, play time planner, and much more. But for this task, I… Read more »

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God told me to go play light sabers

  I was sitting on the couch catching up on news, email, and the like.. When my oldest asked if he could go outside.. He only asked because he recently sprained his ankle and has been told to take it easy…  I told him:  “Sure, please just stay in the yard.” He made his way… Read more »