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Most Creative Valentine’s Gift

February 16th 2009

I hope each of you enjoyed a Happy Valentine’s Day celebration with someone special. I had the pleasure of spending the day and evening with my family.

We concluded the day with dinner and a trip to the bookstore, something we each enjoy doing.  The kids have always enjoyed it because it’s been a (more…)

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Looking Forward to February

January 26th 2009

I love starting off a whole new year, and it’s actually hard to believe were at the tail end of the first month already.

I’m really looking forward to February, though, for three reasons: The first, Valentine’s Day, of course.  It’s one of my personal favorites. It always has been, but several years ago it became even more special when my wife and I were engaged on Valentine’s Day.  I know, not too original, but trust me, she (more…)

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My Wife’s One Smart Lady

January 12th 2009

A few weeks ago, my wife purchased four boxes of Rice Krispies cereal because they were on sale for a great price.  As much as I appreciate my wife being a shrewd shopper, there’s no way I was going to consume one bowl of Rice Krispies, let alone four boxes of them.

Apparently our kids felt the same way, because not one of the boxes was opened until yesterday.  That’s when I discovered just how smart my wife is. (more…)

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A Great Day to Celebrate

December 22nd 2008

We celebrated our youngest daughter’s birthday yesterday and we had a lot of fun.

It all started at the morning worship service when Pastor Steve was kind enough to recognize KJ’s birthday in front of the congregation.

Pastor Steve then led the congregation in the singing of “Happy Birthday” to KJ, and she smiled from ear-to-year. (more…)

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Dads Make a Positive Impact

November 24th 2008

I read a neat article the other day – How Dads Can Help – that shared statistics on how children’s performance in school improves greatly when fathers are involved in their kids school activities, events and homework.

With the downturn in the economy and many thoughts turned to finances, the article was a great reminder of our children’s needs and the positive impact fathers can have on their children’s school experiences.

I picked up a few ideas I’ll explore and felt motivated to share the article with each of the dads who may have an interest to read as well. You can access the article here.

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Share Some Turkey Talk

November 17th 2008

To get in the Thanksgiving spirit, I’m sharing a few things I came across for Thanksgiving that you may also find interesting and/or helpful.

I read the article,  Turkey Talk: Help Your Kids Understand the True Meaning of Thanksgiving,” which shared some neat ideas parents could consider doing with their kids to get them in the Thanksgiving spirit and why we celebrate Thanksgiving each November.

A neat event a friend shared with me is “Turkey Talk with Dad,” which is an event that was hosted at his (more…)

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I’m Watching You Dad

October 27th 2008

I watched a short story video posted to GodTube titled, “I’m Watching You Dad,” and it motivated me this past weekend to share the video with each of the fathers I know, as well as in today’s blog post.

I’m Watching You Dad” illustrates how a child learns from his father’s words and actions, and it also emphasizes the importance of investing quality time with our children and always being open and honest with them. It’s very well done. (more…)

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Experience Pays Off

July 21st 2008

Our annual week of summer camp is in the books and what a fantastic time we had in the mountains.

I had the pleasure of serving as the counselor for the K-2 boys again this summer and we had a great cabin of kids who were a lot of fun. It was non-stop activities all week long.

I really enjoy seeing a collection of kids from various backgrounds and experiences come together in a summer camp setting in the mountains where they’re dropped off by their parents, away from their families all week long, and the kids quickly learn to count on one another for support and guidance. (more…)

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Taking Note of What Kids Say

July 14th 2008

So many times I find myself saying “Kids say the funniest things,” which usually comes after one of our kids says something unexpected and funny.

Recently, I decided to take advantage of my Blackberry, which I usually have nearby, to capture those funny stories when they occur by emailing myself a note and archiving the short story or quip for future prosperity or to share with our kids when they get older. (more…)

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It’s Camp Time

July 7th 2008

Each July my daughter and I head to camp for one week. It started out as an opportunity for us to spend quality time together one summer and now is an annual “daddy daughter” event we look forward to each summer.

This will be the second year I’ll serve as a counselor for the K-2nd grade boys, and for some, that may seem to be a daunting task or not the ideal way to spend a week at camp. For me, however, it’s a lot of fun, very rewarding, and an opportunity to positive impact youth.

In so many ways, each of those boys positively impacts me as well.

Look for my camp experience recap later this month.

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A Couple Shirt Recommendations

June 23rd 2008

It finally happened. Our youngest daughter, prior to a daddy-daughter day, asked me to change the shirt I planned to wear to one she suggested would look better.

In a bit of disbelief, I asked myself, “Did my daughter – my little girl – just ask me to reconsider the shirt I picked for one she thinks will look better?”

I then thought to myself, “Oh no, my little girl isn’t so little any more.” (more…)

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Unique Activities for Father’s Day

June 2nd 2008

There’s been a lot of advertising for Father’s Day, and although I don’t usually plan ahead for Father’s Day, I’m thinking it might be fun to do some different activities with the kids.  Maybe even a few activities we’ve never done before.
 

I searched the Internet to see what I could find for unique or different activities, and here are five activities I’m considering proposing to my wife and kids to see what their interest level is for doing them. (more…)

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Losing My Marbles One Saturday at a Time

May 5th 2008

I read and shared with our readers at one time an inspiring story about a man who decided to place marbles – which represented each Saturday left in his life – into a jar.

Each Saturday, he would decide how he’d spend his day, and at the conclusion of each Saturday, he’d toss one marble in the garbage, which signified his Saturday was finished and he would not ever get it back.

The inspiring story is a great reminder we need to (more…)

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The Story of “The Wooden Bowl”

April 21st 2008

I received the story of “The Wooden Bowl” and hesitated to post it to the blog, but after reading it a second time, I believe it could serve as a great lesson for us all when faced with similar situations.
 

Here’s the story of “The Wooden Bowl:”
 

“A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. (more…)

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I was Taken Advantage of Last Weekend

January 21st 2008

Have you ever felt like someone took advantage of you?
 

Well, there’s no question I was taken advantage of this past weekend, but the funny thing is, I loved every minute of it!  Let me clarify what I mean.  Our youngest daughter demanded my time and I was happy to comply. (more…)

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Invest Time with those You Love

December 31st 2007

As 2007 comes to a close and we begin a new year, I’m reminded of a story I received about a daughter and her father that I thought would be appropriate to share with our blog readers.  I hope for those who are parents, you enjoy this message as much as I did when I first read it.

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated to find his eight-year old daughter waiting for him at the door. (more…)

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I Finally Went With the Flow

December 10th 2007

My wife frequently gives me a hard time about being “the planner” of our family, and wishes I was more of a “go with the flow” kind of guy.
 
Several years ago, my wife took over the reigns of our family vacation “planning,” and asked me to just “go with the flow.”
 
I agreed and since that vacation don’t get involved much unless she asks for my input, and even then I usually respond, “Whatever you and the kids would like to do.” (more…)

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The Game Plan

October 8th 2007

The game plan for our family this past weekend was to see The Game Plan, which was No. 1 in theaters for a second consecutive weekend, racking up over $16.3 million in ticket sales.
 

It was a neat film that I would recommend to those who enjoy sports – especially football – and those fathers who may have struggled a bit with their transition from being a bachelor to being a father. (more…)

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Being Present with our Kids

September 10th 2007

I read for the first time a quote by Jesse Jackson that was one of those quotes that made me go, “Whoa.” It made me stop and think about my priorities, and re-read the quote a second time.
 

Here’s the quote: “Children need your presence more than your presents.” – Jesse Jackson; a simple, to the point, and a powerful message. (more…)

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Quality Father-Daughter Time at Pinecliff

July 16th 2007

This past week I had the opportunity to serve as a camp counselor for K-2nd grade boys at a week-long elementary school-age church camp in the Utah mountains near Coalville, which is about two hours from Salt Lake City.
 

My original intentions a few months ago were to attend the camp with our seven-year-old daughter because it was “highly recommended” parents attend with their children who are K-1st grade and who have never been away from home for an extended period of time. (more…)

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It’ll Be Beautiful When the Rain Stops

June 27th 2007

Someone once said, “For every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.”
 

Well, the other day I said to my wife and kids that I didn’t think we should go outside because it was about to rain, and our youngest daughter quickly responded, “Why Daddy?  When it stops raining, the sun comes out and it’s beautiful again.” (more…)

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Dedicate One Week at Camp to Our Children

June 21st 2007

When I attended summer sports and Christian camps growing up, I don’t believe there was the variety and specialization I see today with camps.  I love it. There are father-son, father-daughter, mother-daughter, and mother-son camps offered all over the country…sports and non-sports camps.
 

There’s always been Boy and Girl Scout camps and other similar organizations who have encouraged fathers and mothers to participate in camps, but I don’t remember the father-son or mother-daughter-type sports and other specialty camps being offered when I was growing up.  I guess I’m showing my age. (more…)

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Take an Unplanned One-Week Trip

June 20th 2007

I watched the movie “Wild Hogs,” which is about four middle aged guys venturing out on a one-week road trip on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
 
I had heard mixed reviews for the film, and although I don’t own a motorcycle as I once did in college, I could easily relate to the film in a number of ways and laughed aloud quite a bit…even though I was flying on a plane. (more…)

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Taking a Break from Parenthood

June 19th 2007

My wife and I went on a weekend trip to celebrate our anniversary, and it’s one of very few trips over the years that we’ve taken without our kids.
 

It was awesome! (more…)

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Sometimes You Just Need to Shut Down

June 13th 2007

I’ve never been known as someone who enjoys a “relaxing day” since I have a hard time sitting still, let alone relaxing.
 

However, leading up to a weekend trip with my wife, I convinced myself – but not my wife – that I was going to completely shut down (on work) and focus on relaxing and enjoying the trip. (more…)

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Love is Spelled T-I-M-E to a Child

May 11th 2007

The last two days I have shared two inspiring short movies – one about Johnny and another about “The Dash.”
 

It’s only fitting I wrap up the work week with a touching short movie abut how a child spells love T-I-M-E. (more…)

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Take Time to Hold the Bottle

May 8th 2007

I enjoy seeing new inventions that people create.  Many times I’m amazed at the simplicity as well as the complexity of inventions, but the latest invention I came across this past weekend blew me away for a different reason.
 

It’s a universal hands-free feeding system for babies called HuggaBottle. When I first learned of the invention, I thought it was a joke, but it’s legitimate as you can see by following this link. (more…)

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Grandma Red Was One of a Kind

April 27th 2007

My Grandma Red, who passed away several years ago unexpectedly, was one of the kindness, most giving, and loving people I’ve ever known.

We called her Grandma Red because nearly everything in her home – including her stove! – was red. At the time, I thought it was a bit overboard. I guess, as I think back, it really was a bit much. (more…)

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Time to Start a Gourmet Club

April 25th 2007

A good friend shared with me that he and his wife have enjoyed their participation in a gourmet club.

I must admit, at first I thought it sounded like something I wouldn’t be interested in participating in, and since my friend doesn’t even live in the same state, I didn’t need to worry about him inviting me to be a part of his gourmet club. (more…)

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Good Call Not to Buy the T-shirt

March 20th 2007

Recently my wife made a great decision while shopping with our kids when she did not buy a T-shirt for our youngest daughter.

I’m not sure what stopped her. Likely another shirt that caught our daughter’s attention, but I was quite surprised she didn’t choose to get it because she was so excited to tell me what the shirt said when she returned home from the mall. (more…)

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Balancing Work and Family

March 8th 2007

I read an interesting article online yesterday – More Dads Resist Business Travel – in the USA Today, and it likely caught my eye because traditionally the stories written are about mothers who struggle with balancing their career demands and family.

It was refreshing to see an article dedicated to fathers and the challenges each – including myself – face with balancing business travel and family. (more…)

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