Life Through A 3-Inch Screen
Our family recently visited Washington, D.C. I had the privilege of opening the House of Representatives in prayer on Thursday, March 14. We stayed in the city for four days, visiting memorials and museums, and eating some phenomenal meals. I…
Boys to Men: Hip Bar Mitzvah Video
I’ve got a 9-year old son who is itching on the inside to become a man. He tries to talk in a deep voice, give advice to everyone, including our pets, and volunteer for all the “heavy lifting” chores around…
"We'll Pay You Cash For Well-Behaved Kids!"
Think parenting is a thankless job? Well, think again. Or, better yet…stop thinking and go out to eat at Sogno di Vino, an Italian restaurant in Poulsbo, Washington. Laura and Chris King took their three children out to eat at…
Clicking Parties and Other Milestones
Our youngest daughter, Claire, has had a hard time learning to read. Our first two children took to books like honeybees to flowers, but their sister has had a harder time locating the nectar. Awhile back, my wife, Jamie, told…
"Daddy, What's Real…Disney or Planet Earth?"
I’ve been watching Planet Earth with my family. Huge kudos to the BBC Natural History Unit – these videos are breathtaking. They’re also raw and vivid in their portrayal of the brutality of “real life… painfully raw and vivid, in…
5 Dumb Things I Did (Or Almost Did) In Past 10 Days
1. Chased a mouse in my boot: On Monday night, I slipped on my Muck Boots to grab some wood for the fireplace. When I stepped into the garage, I heard a squeak. Another mouse, you’ve got to be kidding…
Setting A High Bar For Future Suitors
Listen up all you grade-school boys, in about ten years, you’re going to need to bring your A-game. I’m dating my daughters and setting a ridiculously high bar for you to clear. I’m calling them on the phone to ask…
Would You Rather Your Kids Be Smart OR Virtuous?
I eat this stuff up. I get juiced when a major secular publication such as The Wall Street Journal leans toward an aspect of biblical truth. The issue? Character. And, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Tough, it turns…
Focusing On The Heart… Theirs And Ours
As parents, it’s easy to expend our time and energy keeping our kids clean on the outside. Why we’ve got keep the focus on the heart, and not the dirt on the hands.
Becoming a Palpable Presence in Our Children's Lives
Some dads are present sometimes. Some are absent. And then some are palpable presences in their children’s lives. I love how Nathan Miller describes Theodore Roosevelt’s father in his book, Theodore Roosevelt: A Life: No one had a greater influence…