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My Kids Will Make Some Bad Decisions. I’m Okay With That.

I discovered something great the other night. While checking out the benefits of my 30-day free trial of Hulu Plus, I found the entire series of Felicity. For those of you unfamiliar with this late ‘90s classic, it follows the story of a girl who impulsively makes the decision NOT to attend Stanford, as her parents would like, and instead travels to New York City to attend New York University because a boy she has a crush on attends there. The thing about watching a show that first aired when ... Read More »

Listen for the Whispers

It’s that time of year again; the kids are off to school. This year we sent our youngest, Anna, off to college. I wasn’t nearly as worried this time as I had been when Emily, my first born, left for school. I learned a lot with Emily’s transition to college. I learned that they will look for ways to connect with people just like they did here: through school, church and sports. I learned that they are perfectly capable of making good decisions and bearing the consequences of poor decisions. ... Read More »

Everything Has Its Time

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; 
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal;
 a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
 a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
 a time ... Read More »

Loving Sacrifice

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this. This is something that I have told a few people, but haven’t shared it across the board. Sometime earlier this year my father-in-law contacted us to see if he could take the boys to see the Lego Movie. The boys, of course, were really excited. They love Legos and had been asking to seeing it.  Susan, my wife, didn’t want my daughter to feel left out so she said she would take her to see Frozen. I was in a dilemma. On the ... Read More »

What Is It Like Having An Au Pair?

When she first arrived I was nervous. I wasn’t quite sure what life with an Au Pair would be like. Hiring an 18-year-old to travel across the Atlantic Ocean to live with you and take care of your children for a year isn’t exactly something one does on a whim. Add to that the fact that you’ve never actually met this person and your relationship consists of only a few Skype video calls and email and you have a perfect recipe for fear and trepidation. But we were committed. My ... Read More »

The Summer Parenting Challenge

I’d like to challenge parents to do one thing this summer with their kids. It’s just one simple thing and I think every parent is capable of doing it in some way. This summer, let’s spend some time with our kids. I know what you are thinking; “I do this every day, all year-long.” I know you do. We spend the entire school year driving our kids from one activity to another so that they can experience all the great joys of sports, scouting, music, etc. I think we can ... Read More »

The Best Dad Ever

Some children look up to their dads because they’re big and strong. Some admire their dads because they can play ball, or assemble model airplanes, or play the guitar. Some think their dads are “the best” because they pick them up from school and read them bedtime stories at night. I can tell you that in all my years my dad never played ball with me, built a model airplane with me, and certainly does NOT know how to play the guitar. I don’t recall my dad picking me up ... Read More »

My Dad, My Hero

Like so many girls, it is my privilege to say that my dad is my hero. Dad grew up during the depression and with his own father struggling to keep a job and his mother crippled to arthritis and confined to a wheelchair, Dad held 2-3 jobs at a time while getting himself through high school and college and helping to keep food on his family’s table. He fought his way to a senior role with “The Bell System” where he managed thousands of people and the computer operations for ... Read More »

Hugs From Dad

Ever since I was a baby, I could only stand so much physical contact. My mom would pick me up when I cried and rock me, just like she did to my siblings. But unlike my siblings, who could stay in her arms all day, I would start squirming after a few minutes, ready to return to the sanctuary of my crib. When I got older, and my friends wanted to snuggle on the couch and watch movies, I could only join in for so long before I got hot ... Read More »

The Perfect Card for Father’s Day

I look through the cards over and over again. Hmmm, does my dad want a fishing theme or maybe a duck or something to do with hunting? My dad enjoyed fly fishing. Well enjoyed is really an understatement. He devoted an entire room in our house to tying flies. Being a surgeon he had quite the gift for it. But I don’t want a trite saying with a trout on the front. I’m glad I’m living in this age and have the choice of cards that at least try to ... Read More »

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