Category Archives: family

Lessons I Learn From My Granddaughter

for blogShe’s three years old. I’m over fifty. The gaps in our knowledge and understanding are enormous. She is insatiably curious, like the elephant’s child. I love to teach. We are a great pair.

And so naturally, I learn something from her every day.

1. Slow down: Three-year-olds can move like lightning when they want to…but usually they’d prefer to take their time.  I match my steps to hers, so that she can keep up. I stop whatever I’m doing to see what she’s made. I put my agenda aside when she is hurt. It is an exercise in condescension…I stoop to her level, to meet her needs. And I think about God stooping to earth, meeting us where we are, taking time to listen and to care.

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I hope ‘Incredibles: 2’ is at least pretty good, because the original WAS ‘Incredible’…

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In case you (somehow) hadn’t heard, one of the best family films in recent memory will finally get its sequel:

(via Total Film) – “…Yep, The Incredibles 2 is a reality, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Officially announced by Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger at today’s shareholder’s meeting, that sound you can probably hear is Pixar fans’ brains exploding.

The project is in the very early stages – Brad Bird has only just put pen to paper – but just the fact that Disney / Pixar will be continuing the adventures of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and their children Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack is reason enough to celebrate…”

And the official “Tweet” is below:

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Alternative lifestyle leads to Olympic gold

Who knew? I’m ALSO living an “Alternative Lifestyle”.

Welcome to the new-and-improved United States of America, where traditional maturity and responsible decision-making are now considered to be “counter-cultural”…

A Brief Celebration of Marriage

Since this is Valentine’s Weekend, and last Sunday was Worldwide Marriage Day, it seems appropriate to celebrate one of the greatest gifts that God ever gave to us: marriage

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I stumbled across a brief sermonette by Jonathan Bartlett of Bartlett Publishing, which was given at his brother-in-law’s wedding. It hits on themes which are, sadly, too rarely heard in our society nowadays:

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If you’re a #parent, then you’ll understand: The “Parent Rap” (VIDEO)

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My beautiful wife was homeschooling our two sons when I left for work this morning and she was doing a wonderful job, as always. For whatever reason, this video then jumped into my mind, …and made me chuckle.

Our boys are older than the ones in the clip, but I can still relate to every word. We posted this a couple years back and, after watching it again, it seems to hold up nicely.

I’ll reiterate here what I said back then: “…if ALL hip-hop was this entertaining, I’d listen to it waaaay more often…

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Choose Life: “Darby’s Story”

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First of all, we were alerted to this by our wonderful friend & blogger-in-arms James (aka “Biltrix“).

With all of the gifts which our society has, there is no gift greater than that of life itself. Likewise, there’s no gift which we treat so cavalierly. Rather than viewing all life with awe and gratitude, too often it is greeted with revulsion, apathy or outright disdain.

In a nation where people have become insensitive to the plight of others to an almost absurd degree, where 17 states fund all or most “medically necessary” abortions, where men like Kermit Gosnell practice their trade for years with impunity, where 90% of Down Syndrome babies are killed in the womb, where infanticide is an actual practice, …we need as many stories like this video (included below) to be seen as possible.

It’s very short yet tremendously powerful.

Please: share it with everyone you can.

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Is God Color-Blind? Should He Be?

heart tree goodFor the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appear-ancebut the Lord looks on the heart

–see I Samuel 16:7

I have a number of good friends who have adopted one or more children from a different ethnic background (three couples adopted internationally, two domestically). These children will never by any stretch of the imagination be mistaken for their biological children. And all of them are loved and cared for, well-adjusted and happy. I’ve never heard a disparaging remark about any of these families.  Continue reading

Are we Protecting our kids, …or Failing to Prepare them?

If today’s children truly are the leaders of tomorrow, we are going to have the most passive, ossified leaders in the history of the planet.

It’s no secret that the tree-climbing, BB-gun-shooting, rub-some-dirt-on-it ways of past generations bear no resemblance to today’s bubble-wrapped youth. Trying to eliminate pain of every kind, both physical and psychological, has resulted in a society where no one is supposed to keep score (even though kids still do), and games like Dodge Ball are widely banned.

But is this really healthy? Didn’t we all learn how to get back up after we fell? Didn’t we learn how to take a punch, or play through pain? Didn’t we figure out that scraped-up knees and elbows were a reasonable trade-off for seeing how fast you can run, or how high you can jump?

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Not according to the risk averse, anti-fun squad otherwise known as today’s parents and educators: 

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