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Our son’s senior year has begun.  A year I have jokingly referred to as a year of meeting deadlines and writing checks. There’s always a deadline looming and every deadline requires a check!  But in all seriousness, it’s already turning out to be a year of great reflection for me.  These years of schooling haven’t just […]

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As Summer winds down and the anticipation and excitement of going back to school begins, it can be nerve racking as well. There is a vulnerability in your kids, no matter how tough they may seem on the outside, that gets exposed when put into a new environment with new teachers, new classmates, new routines, […]

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    It’s cliché to say, but clichés are often born out of a certain level of truth – the days are long (and the summer days are longer!), but the years are short.  And the years once they enter school speed up exponentially. My youngest is about to become a senior in high school.  A […]

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Now that school is out, Summer can also be known for the time of year families move. While long distance moves can be full of logistical details, all of that can pale in comparison to shepherding your kids through the emotional challenges of pulling up (and laying down) roots. Whether you’re moving across town or […]

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I always thought that foster care and adoption were things that only really saintly people did. You know the people I’m talking about – the really “together” and “with it” ones. But all that changed when two of my best friends began fostering. These were women just like me, with husbands just like mine. Their […]

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12
Mar
2018

Are you happy?

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I was flying to Canada one autumn to speak at a college. I was on a British carrier that had a lot of Europeans on board. The computer that selected my seat had placed me next to a husband and wife in their mid-fifties. They were a Jewish couple from England who had been vacationing […]

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22
Aug
2017

I remember the first year of being a dad. The late nights, the diaper changing, the shift in habits and time management, the sheer cost of children—it was both exciting and overwhelming. I heard about all of this stuff and been warned, so although it was craziness, it was not particularly surprising. Something did surprise […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Constructing Peace, Edy Sutherland, Grace Based Parenting

We’re already busy, but being busy doesn’t exempt any of us from serving beyond our own family and comfort level. We’re not trying to send anyone on a guilt trip, but when others see that we can serve when we have so many limitations already caring for one (or more) with needs, they see what […]

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The late David Foster Wallace is famous for the following anecdote: There were two young fish swimming side-by-side in the ocean. An older, seasoned fish came swimming towards them from the opposite direction. As he passed, he asked, “How’s the water?” and then swam on. The two young fish glided along for a while and […]

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05
Dec
2016

A Comma Called Christmas

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Merry Christmas, Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Jesus Christ

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. Isaiah 9:2   December serves as the sunset month of another year; the dusk before the dawn of a fresh calendar. It’s always been ironic to me that our sovereign […]

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