http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5bfxGNMY9c& Kristen and I decided to introduce lent to our church hating, Awana loving kids. Our kids aren't game for anything. I get jealous when I go to my friends house and their kids would walk across the desert for a glass of water just because mom or dad said it'd be fun and meaningful.… Continue reading Introducing lent to the kids

You need clarity and focus

Paul’s teacher has been on us for a few months to get his eyes checked out. She’d tell us, “He squints to see the board” or “He says he has to sit up front. I think he needs glasses.” I assumed, just like his big sister, that he’d need glasses eventually. Everyone in my family…… Continue reading You need clarity and focus

Awana, I wanna apologize

O, Awana. How I’ve hated ye all of these years. I’ve hated your uniforms. I’ve hated the cult-like dedication adults seem to latch onto you, especially at budget time.  I’ve hated how you eat up more volunteers than any other ministry. I’ve hated that parents seem to think their newly adolescent children would rather carry…… Continue reading Awana, I wanna apologize

Grounded

According to Tripit, my travel tally for 2011 looks like this: 2011 Trips 3 Days 18 Distance 9,959 mi Cities 18 Countries 1 That’s as of February 2nd. And it doesn’t include all of the cities I’ve been to… just the places I’ve spent the night. The first 33 days of 2011 have been a…… Continue reading Grounded

5 Steps to Finding Family in Your Community

Divorce. Single parenthood. Extended singlehood. Living away from home. Broken relationships. Loneliness. None of these are surprises. None of these are ideal. All of them are our reality and bond. All of them are (by design) normative in the body of Christ. (James Dobson’s ideals are great. But they aren’t our reality.) We are a…… Continue reading 5 Steps to Finding Family in Your Community