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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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/ 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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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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aiming at grace

  I received a text from Lesley yesterday and it said this: I called. Promptly. The story, in a nut shell: one of the boys was riding his bike and ran into a planter sitting in front of the front door/window. Deep breath. Most of what is broken isn’t meant to be broken.. we all accidentally… Read more »

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Give Away Winner : #75

I just informed the winner of the give-away last month! 123 folks were in the drawing, some were entered multiple times (because you shared and liked content on our Facebook Page) – looking forward to giving away more free stuff! Please check your “Other” messages in Facebook and if we don’t get a response in a… Read more »

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polished logistics | unmerited grace

I appreciate smooth, polished logistics. I also value raw unmerited grace.  It might seem unnatural but I see them in a powerful relationship.   Who doesn’t appreciate grace extended in their direction – we all need it.  And if you think about it even the most unmannerly person is, in one form, asking grace be… Read more »

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All while following Jesus.

I give. I hope. I hate. I love. I  try. I give up. I withhold. I worship. I strive. I work. I regret. I thank. I write. I talk. I smile. I grumble. I praise. I tear down. I want. I deny. I sacrifice. I try harder. I give less. I hope more. I look… Read more »

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3 year olds and highways

We don’t always see what God is doing. We don’t always understand what is happening around us. That was the case recently… We were on a “walk” one evening and if you have kids, have ever watched kids, or been around kids in ANY form, you know that they don’t always go in the direction… Read more »

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Robbers of Worship

Here is a quick list of things that steal the heart of worship from my day.  I struggle with… reading the latest breaking news on _____.com or facebook/twitter being “short” with family critiquing leaders rushing endless to do lists checking bank accounts talking to my neighbor (when I’m running late) Don’t miss this: What we (I) must realize is… 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 »