Our son does something at the breakfast table, each morning, that started off funny, but then got kind of, well, difficult: Jack: Dad, how you doing? Dad: I'm good buddy, how are you? Jack: Mama, how you doing? Mom: Pretty good, thanks for asking! Jack: Dad, how you doing? Dad: Uh, I'm good man. How's … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic: But Are You Really Happy?
Steve Cuss was a very young graduate of a Bible College. His first call in ministry was to serve as a chaplain in a Level One trauma unit. On his first night, he describes walking into this scene, in the Intensive Care waiting room:"There were more than a dozen family members, most of them screaming, … Continue reading When Someone’s Son Is Killed…
After he turned forty years old, Ray Kinsella decided to take up farming. He’s never done it before. But he, his wife and daughter move to Iowa, and buy a cornfield. One day, when he’s out in the cornfield by himself, he hears a voice: “If you build it, he will come…” Then, Ray sees … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic: Forward, Together?
My two year old son calls him "Dark Gator", but to the rest of us he's "Darth Vader" - the baddest Sith Lord on the block; unforgiving commander of the Empire; Intergalactic HR officer who does not want to field your puny work complaint, thank you very much. He's also the voice in my … Continue reading Planting in a Pandemic, Part 4: *Darth Vader Voice* “I Find Your Lack of ‘Expertise’, Disturbing…”
We were not expecting it, but on Friday evening we got an amazing, grace-filled treat: Our daughter put on a (very short, impromptu) ballet recital in our Living Room. What made this so special, was our daughter's journey to that day: For more than a month before COVID-19, she wore a boot that immobilized … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 5: And Your Child Shall Lead You…
Isn't it good that I - as a father and husband - would never, ever want to have as much control over my family, as my two year old son, Jack? Obviously, I've left behind two-year-old-James' belief that his home environment should completely serve him. Waiting to hear my wife laugh out loud, as she … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 4: Control?
Okay, it took a Pandemic for me to stop disliking the term "self-care". I've distrusted "self-care" for at least a couple of reasons: First: I love the Apostle Paul. Yes, he wasn't Jesus (Duh!), but he threw himself completely into the work God called him to do, and he was a church planter to boot! … Continue reading Planting in a Pandemic, Part 3: “Self-Care”?
The comparison game was bad before COVID-19. You know the feeling: "I'm not matching up. We're not keeping up with the Joneses. They're at least two steps ahead of us, honey!" Keeping up with the Joneses existed long before social media, but - man - it seems to have exploded, since. No one posts video … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 3
I didn't get my car inspected, when I should have. The inspection sticker sits dead center, on the front windshield - can't miss it; can't hide from it. It got to be one month, two, three.... six. I was just too busy, I kept telling myself. I wouldn't get stopped, and if I did, the … Continue reading Planting in a Pandemic, Part 2
A good friend totally sold me on the idea. I bought it hook, line, and sinker: I had not used a paper planner for at least three years, but I would "love" this, cool new planner. The new paper planner had a place to list goals: 1 year; 5 years; 10 years out. It had … Continue reading Parenting in a Pandemic, Part 2