Our Influence on Other People’s Kids

At least five! That’s the number of adults, besides parents, that experts say kids need to thrive. Kids need extra-familial adults who love them and get to know them. They need adults who know their hopes and dreams; who will guide them in important decisions; who can talk honestly about what is going on in Read More

The Christmas I’ll Always Remember

Several years ago my family planned a 5-day family reunion over Christmas. We made reservations at a resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior. It was a wonderful getaway of skiing, eating, playing games and just reveling in the love of family. As was our tradition, we planned to go to church together on Read More

Watch Your Wait

I have to confess something. I hate waiting. You too? I don’t like to wait for my phone battery to charge. I don’t like waiting for a stoplight to turn green. Sitting on the phone listening to a recording that says, “Your call is very important to us, please stay on the line for the Read More

Small Grace

It had been a long day. I was tired. I was hungry. It was the perfect night for Chinese take-out. There are three Chinese take-outs within 2 miles of my house. But my family likes the one that is five miles away. So that is where I went. After I picked up my order, I Read More

Friendship – The James Gang

My nephew James was born in Colombia. At four months old, he was adopted by my sister and brother-in-law. As their first child, he filled their lives with joy. By the time he was two years old, it was obvious that he wasn’t doing things that most two-year olds do. He had what doctors would Read More

Bring on the Fear

The nudge came around 2 o’clock in the morning. “Timmy’s is awake. It’s your turn,” said my wife as she rolled over and went back to sleep. I shook off the cobwebs and slowly started towards my six-year-old son’s room. I turned on the hallway light, opened his door and saw this sweet little boy Read More

Graduation Walk to Remember

“Do you think you could walk ten miles?” That was the question that I asked my son as he was about to graduate from high school and begin college. Over the years I’ve witnessed countless milestone moments in his life. I remember him taking his first steps. His first lost tooth. First communion. Learning to Read More

Lovely Loser – Sportsmanship for Kids

A friend of mine was recently playing hockey with his five year-old in their basement. Each time my friend scored a goal, his son had a complete melt-down. My friend said to me, “We played one game of hockey and my son went to his room three times!” This dad had a great opportunity to Read More

Rules of the Game

Not knowing the rules in a relationship can be exasperating! Expressing expectations clearly makes it much easier to be in relationships with others.

Tuned-Up Marriage

Last week the check engine light came on in my car. I always panic a little when I see that red light on my dashboard. First I’m afraid that the car will die right there on the freeway. Then I start thinking how much this going to cost me to get fixed. Since the light Read More

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