How to Transform Your Frustrating Weaknesses into God’s Strength

On January 1st, I stayed up past midnight to ring in the New Year. And I’ve been ringing in the New Year non-stop ever since. Matter of fact, I was ringing in the five weeks leading up to 2015 as well.

Beginning in late November my ears starting ringing. And they haven’t stopped for a break since. Doctors call it tinnitus, which I suspect is a fancy Latin word for “incessant, high-pitched tone.” Apparently, about 10% of Americans have it in some form.

Adult Kids Knee-d to Make Their Own Choices

Children should obey their parents, the Bible tells us. I’ve frequently reminded my own kids of this very important verse—sometimes several times a day—and stressing that God never set any age limits on it. Even when I’m 95 and I demand some applesauce, my kids are biblically obligated to get me some, even if they have to mash up the apples themselves.

But alas, children do not always adhere to this rule as much as they ought when they become adults (or, at least, as much as I think they ought).

Being a Child with a Strong-Willed Parent in the Home

My four-year-old son doesn’t know how to write yet, but the following is what I imagine he would write about his experiences living life as my son if he could.

My dad is pretty awesome. Like “Everything is Awesome”-from-The-LEGO-Movie awesome. I love him a lot, and I like wrestling with him. He also makes the best chicken nuggets.

But he can get kinda stubborn and grumpy sometimes, and he doesn’t always listen to me when I have questions about what we’re doing or what he wants me to do.

Green Space Can Cure Stress

Let me preface this blog by completely discrediting myself. That’s always a good place to start, right? But seriously – I’m not a doctor, a psychologist or any expert on life. So, read the following with the grain of salt it may or may not be worth.

Now that I’ve lost most or all of the people who clicked to read this entry, let me make the bold claim that green space can cure stress.

What do you mean by that - What is green space?

Balancing the Impossible

Recently, I had someone remark about how crazy our lives are right now and how we keep it all from going crazy. I had not stopped to think about it before, so I stopped and spent some time looking at our family. Since our fourth child, Timothy, was born in January, our family has had to readjust and redefine what is “normal” for us. Since he was born two months premature and with Down Syndrome, Timmy has faced a long, tough struggle to grow as a baby and that has really impacted all of the rest of us in the family.

Running … Out of Time

By the time you read this, I’ll be in Orlando, probably soaking my legs in some sort of tub recovering from the Disneyworld Marathon. My kids may be soaking their legs, too. All three of us are running the thing. Whether we make it or not … well, that’s an open question.

No matter. It’ll be a run worth remembering. Just like they’ve all been. Like …

When I ran after Colin when he was 3, swooping him up in my arms before he could dash through a puddle, him squealing with joy.

5 Pieces of Advice from A Year With Down Syndrome

The other day, someone asked me a question that took me by surprise and has stuck with me since. The question?

“What would you tell someone else who is expecting a child of their own that has Down Syndrome?”

At first, my instinct was to respond with something along a cheesy cliche about how “awesome the journey is” or something like that. But I stopped myself because I wanted to give an honest, authentic answer to that person who is just starting to walk on the path I started a year ago.

Chore Wars: Impatient Parents Vs. Sluggish Children

Since becoming a parent, I’ve discovered that patience isn’t my strong suit.

I imagine I’m not the only parent to ever struggle with patience. It’s strange for me, though, because prior to becoming a parent I had considered patience to be one of the few virtues I wasn’t actively terrible at living out. So you can imagine how surprised I was when these kids came along and shredded that misconception.

Generally speaking, my impatience shows itself in most of the stereotypical ways.

Christmas is Over… What’s Next?

My New Year’s Resolution

If you’re like me, you are very grateful that the holidays are over and life can return to normal. The holidays for my family is always stressful because we have a large family and we host our annual Christmas Eve dinner. On top of that, our kids are teenagers and presents are so much more expensive now than when they were little. To say the least, my wife and I try to enjoy the holidays and for the most part we do, but after everything is done on Christmas day, we just are plain wiped out.

Going Into the Woods With Fatherhood

Dads are important. Anyone who doubts that just needs to go to the movies.

Just look at this year’s crop of Oscar wannabes: In Birdman, struggling actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is desperately trying to patch up his long-dysfunctional relationship with his now-grown daughter. Bill Murray’s titular character in St. Vincent becomes something of a father figure to a little boy named Oliver … and shows us why it’s probably a good thing he never had kids of his own.