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I won’t if you won’t.

I was in the backyard recently listening to the “I’m bored” edict from one of my boys. I gave a list of things he could do to be un-bored.. everything from ride your bike, kick the football through the goal posts, load the dishwasher, swing.. when all of a sudden I found a frisbee in… 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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Dear Responsible Momma,

  How does a high responsibility Mom take care of 5 boys who have little interest in responsibility?     #1: She goes crazy. She spends her every step trying to command them in “duties”—wash your hands, take off your shoes, put away your toys, make your bed, brush your teeth, stay on task! Thus,… 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 »

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a voice in the dark

  There are certain moments as a dad that wreck you. If you’re a dad, you know what I mean. If you’re not a dad – you can glean from this as well… hang with me.   Our youngest right now is not feeling well – he’s whiny, clingy, and emotional. That’s how he gets… 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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things we say to our kids [part 1]

There’s a list of sayings that parents have heard or said – here are a few that I have tried to cut from my parenting methods and lips:   “Do as I say not as I do.” If I may be completely and obviously blunt… this phrase is reckless. Your child is going to do… Read more »

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God heals with lightening

I’m fairly certain it doesn’t say in the bible God specifically “heals with lightening”……… but what I do know is that God does not require from us that we fully understand HOW he heals. My 3 year old this morning declared that God heals… (with lightening) — I’ll teach him someday that it might not… Read more »

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do one thing

  There is a barrage of “you should(s)” as you walk through a day. you should have this. you should be this. you should go here. you should read this. you should do more. you should do less I’m sure you can relate, the “you should” in your mind sounds like this though: “I should”…. Read more »