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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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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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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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Lazy Parenting

We’ve all heard it.   “Do as I say, not as I do.”   What does “Do as I say not as I do” imply? It implies.. quite bluntly… you are a lazy parent. Telling your child to “do as you say and not as you do” is a cop-out of all cop outs. You… Read more »

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Parenting | Fatherhood

I’m on a mission. I want to encourage, unite, network and foster a setting where dad’s can talk about their “wins”, ask other dads for advise and pointers. If you’re a *dad and have the time (hahaha)… I’d love for you to join me! *if you’re not a dad, please email, or share this with someone who… 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 : 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 »