I have just one thing to say to my fellow dads on Father’s Day: Continue reading
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?
Perhaps to lose a few pounds, save a little more money or learn something new?
However, over the past couple of months I’ve been trying to improve myself in a couple of different areas and realized something:
Intentional investment in myself is an intentional investment in my family.
Let me make sure I’m clear. This statement does not mean that I am allowed to be selfish – in fact, quite the opposite is true. Being a dad isn’t about getting what you want…not in the least. If that’s your motto then you’re missing something pretty big…it’s called “the rest of the world. “ Continue reading →
This past Sunday was Mother’s Day. A day to honor and celebrate mom. Let’s face it, moms are amazing and many of us are blessed to have great moms who would do anything for us.
I have two moms – they are both selfless and love me very much.
This Mother’s Day was different for my family, because we walked through it without one of my moms.
My step-mom, passed away a few days before Mother’s Day. If that wasn’t hard enough, a day fully devoted to honoring moms brought a heaviness with it. I was incredibly aware of how this woman who meant so much to me wasn’t with me anymore. And in addition to that, I found myself thinking of all the people for whom Mother’s Day is a dark day on the calendar. It was a hard, heavy day, to say the least. Continue reading →
It was Saturday morning and I decided that this was a great opportunity to be intentional with my kids. There’s no time like the present, right?
“Would you like me to read you a story before we change out of our pajamas?” “YESSSSS!!!!!” was the emphatic reply from my two oldest (3 & 5 years old). “Okay, what story would you like for me to read?” “Robin Hood!” I was handed a kid-friendly version of the classic legend that we had picked up from the library earlier in the week and cleared my throat.
“Once upon a time…”
A light tapping came from the door. It was my youngest (19 mo) and she was excited to join the big kids. She toddled her way over and climbed up into the bed.
“Robin Hood and Little John were the best archers in the kingdom…”
No sooner had I said “Sherwood Forrest” than my youngest decided to start throwing a fit because she couldn’t get settled as she was climbing up on me (yes, ON me). I picked her up and gently set her down on my chest. Continue reading →
In the past three weeks I have been reminded that being a dad isn’t always fun.
We embarked on our longest road trip with three children for Thanksgiving. The drive took 18ish hours over the course of two days. People often ask, “How did the kids do?” My response has consistently been, “Well, they did as well as could be expected when you strap a kid down for 18 hours and say ‘Don’t move!'”
While I am thankful for having a DVD player in the car let’s just say I can quote every Veggietales movie we own and almost all of Toy Story 2 (with the voices!). Continue reading →
It’s November, and that means we should all be thankful, right? From the “What I’m thankful for every day” posts on Facebook to the Thankfulness Tree on my dining room wall everywhere I turn someone is demanding I be thankful.
Well…I’m not thankful. Continue reading →
“Ladies and gentlemen, you are officially on vacation!” the cruise director announced as we pulled away from, the Port of Miami. The Carnival Victory instantly filled with shouts of celebration, applause and smiles all around. Everyone was excited to begin the 5 day cruise with members of the Duck Dynasty cast. My wife and I were excited to have several days away together without the kids or work.
I love my children – more than I could ever fully express. I enjoy spending time with them, teaching them new things, receiving their kisses, and living everyday life with them. While all of these things are true, it is good for Mommy and Daddy to get away from time to time. I want them to understand that, and I want them to value their own marriages when the time comes (not for a long, long time). Continue reading →
One of my favorite parts about being a dad is teaching my kids about different things. My 5 year old son is currently consumed with the following topics (in no particular order):
We regularly check out NASA’s Instagram (mind blowing pictures)
Thanks for the tour, Uncle George!
He wears his Justice League shirts and Superman pajamas religiously
Almost daily he will ask, “Daddy, can we go play baseball?” or say, “I think I need to play baseball (on a team).”
He’s a little…obsessed. #typicalboy Continue reading →
The world is a hard place to be a dad. Dads deal with everything from performance anxiety to deep father wounds to culture telling them that being a man isn’t enough…
It is easy to look around and see what is wrong with the world…but today, which just so happens to be National Encouragement Day, there is one father that I am going to attempt to make more determined, hopeful & confident. Continue reading →