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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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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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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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My dad on Earth and my Dad in Heaven

What I know about my father: He loves me. He listens. He HEARS. He spends time with me. He is caring. He provides. He is a giver. He doesn’t give up on me. He has a great laugh. He’s taught me how to love people. He is patient. He’s kind. He knows me. He asks… Read more »

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27₵ and Dad’s getting the rest…

The other day, I took one of my son’s to the Lego Isle – there was a Lego set that he really wanted, like… REALLY wanted. For the past 2 weeks he has been asking me how he could earn enough money to buy it. To say the very least – those same last couple… Read more »

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sticky hands

I was leaving for a meeting the other morning when I made the normal “goodbye round” through the dining room while breakfast was underway… I gave everyone a kiss on the head than Josiah (20 months) stretched out his arms for another one, in the mean time he had filled his hands with jelly from… Read more »

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Strawberry Milk (joy in a glass)

There are many things in life that aren’t “worth it”. Strawberry milk is not one of them. It is worth it. Every. Time. It’s fruit and milk together. That is joy in a glass. Our kids are fanatics about this stuff.  The other day at lunch my son asked for some. And I’ll be honest – I… Read more »

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words are everything

There has been a picture that has haunted me… it stirs frustration and compassion in me every time I see it… what is aggravating at some level – I find myself being the hand and arm in the picture at times with people… just an honest confession. Recently my middle child has been really trying… Read more »

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pulling someone off the top bunk

My 2 year old son pulled his 5 year old brother off the top bunk last night. I didn’t see it, but I heard it. Roman (5 yo) sleeps on the top and Levi (3 yo) sleeps on the bottom. I was a little frustrated with them last night… we’re going through a long stage of… Read more »

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searching for daddy

  …the usual morning ritual of pattering feet to Mom and Dad’s bedroom – followed by darting under the covers – followed by more pattering of feet – followed by ‘you lift me up’ [into our bed] – followed by Mom and Dad dodging kicks, elbows, and morning breath……. after a little of all this…. Lesley and Roman headed… Read more »