As I was putting Sara to bed tonight I had a flashback moment. A flashback to 1996 and a time when Marena was 2 or 3 years old. I was so impatient back then, at a young age. It would be my turn to put Marena to bed and I’d think how easy it would be. “Ok, Marena. Off to bed.” As if that was all it would take. I’d get her to bed and she’d say, “Dad, I want a drink of water… Dad, I have to go to the bathroom… Dad, I forgot to brush my teeth… Dad, I didn’t hug my momma.”

Then Sara showed up and I’m older and wiser. I never once put her to bed without those essentials being taken care of and putting Sara to bed was never a ‘task’ to be completed.

Dear daughters, I love you soooo much. It has been such a pleasure to know you, to raise you, to influence you, and to just simply hold and care for you.

I love putting Sara to bed at night. We always say a prayer together. Sometimes she leads, sometimes I do. Sometimes it is the more ritualistic Lord’s Prayer. I always keep it a surprise for her what is going to happen.

Tonight was special, though.

It was her turn to pray and she did a particularly good job. We’ve been trying to get her to elaborate more on her thoughts in prayer – graduating from 1st grade prayer to 5th grade prayer is how I put it. So she was doing surprisingly well, going past 1st grade and making it to 5th grade. And at the end she says, “God, I pray that Natalie’s sister’s dog and Dawn’s (her aunt’s) dog have a good time breeding in the garage tomorrow. Amen.” Are you kidding! That about made me laugh all the way down the stairs!

Apparently we have a breeding opportunity and our home is the “place” to be and I had no idea. But Sara’s innocence was so precious….

And then Sara confesses that she’s been crying about the passing of Grandpa Phil recently. She says she drew a picture to deal with the crying and it was a picture of a sunny day with blue skies and Grandpa and her are holding hands.

Dear God, thank You so much for this brightness at the end of the day. Thank You so much for allowing my marriage, though challenging at times, to allow for moments like these that allow me to be such an important part of Sara’s childhood. Thank You, God. Thank You for my marriage. Thank You for my children. Please help me. Amen.

I know I’m putting a lot of pix of the family on the boat… But I like the boat! I enjoy the family time and this weekend mom went out with us, too.

Sep 022009

Last night I cancelled a breakfast meeting because I needed a break to be with my family in the morning. At the time I had no idea how good of a decision that could be. We just finished breakfast with the whole family. That is so rare for all of us to be home together anytime, let alone in the mornings. Sara, Tasha, and Marena were all great to be around and we had a nice time. We had another family over for dinner last night and that was great, too. Sometimes it all comes together and what a great feeling that is.

Check out Matthew 18:19-20. God was present with us this morning. Thank you God for wonderful times like these. Thank you for my family. Thank you for allowing me to see the good around me and to slow down to enjoy it and appreciate it. Please help my family seek You out in their actions today. Help them to honor You. Amen.

Aug 122009

Not much time for blogging in August. It’s all about a mix between work, cross-country, and family. But here is another quick pic of the kids having fun in the tube. The little guy is named Graham and this was his first time that he allowed me to go fast with him in the tube.

Jul 202009

So we dropped off Marena to O’Hare on the way to Houston and that left the three of us in Chicago for the afternoon. Millenium Park is a cool place. It was a very relaxed afternoon that was just so beautiful. Not too hot/cold, just right. The Bean is very cool and so were it’s surroundings known as Millenium Park.

We had some tremendous pictures and we had a blast posing for them all. I really enjoyed the time to be with just the parents and Sara. It gave her a real opportunity to show off for her parents and it was a pleasure to watch her. Thanks Sara for a great afternoon!

I pray:
Acts 19:20………I thank you Father that Your Word prevails over our children.
Isa 54:13………..That they are taught of the Lord and continue to be
Prov 13:1………. the fruit of godly instruction and correction.
Isa 54:13………..Great is their peace and undisturbed composure.
Prov 2:6………… Father, give us counsel and wisdom in bringing up our children.

Cool link here. God bless and good night.

Jul 202009

Marena had a chance to travel to Houston, Texas, to visit family friends Cyndi & Jeremy Dull. I was hopeful that Marena would continue to build confidence in her decision making ability on this trip – a trip without mom/dad hounding her at all. Check out that look on her face coming off the plane at the end of her trip – that’s confidence!

I was typing about one thing when I was drawn to something totally different looking at the top of this pic. My girls are growing up! I love it. I’m proud of the young women they are becoming and I’m all ready missing them and they haven’t even left.

But back to Houston. I want to thank Cyndi and Jeremy for being a positive part of Marena’s growing up. They’ll forever be a part of her memories of childhood. You are good people, God bless ya’ll (get it?).

I had a great day yesterday skiing with Marena and Tubing with Sara and her cousin Angelica. I’m definitely a proud papa! Sara was almost up skiiing – I think she’ll do it this year and she’s only 9!

Jul 052009

Sara is doing a great job learning to drive the boat. She is only 9 but she is very teachable in all kinds of different things. She’s a little bit of a dare-devil, too. We had a great time tubing and swimming even though the lakes were really busy. I am very proud of her for her willingness to try new things and her ability to learn them quickly.

Dear God, thank You so much for a wonderful 4th of July weekend. My wife and I spent the night on the boat after fireworks at Coldwater Lake on the 3rd, I started a 4th of July road race at Heritage Park, went fishing with Marena, watched fireworks with my church family in Coldwater, and spent the 5th on the lake tubing and swimming. Because of the strength You provide me with, so many things fall into line in a way that makes You undeniable. Please help me to make decisions that glorify You. Amen.


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Jun 272009

I remember my dad watching M*A*S*H when I was too young to appreciate it. I was annoyed that I couldn’t do what I wanted on this ‘neat’ thing called a TV. Dad almost made me watch that show with him. I say ‘made’ because I was hooked on TV and M*A*SH wasn’t all that bad….

So today Sara (9 years old) actually asked if I wanted to watch M*A*S*H with her. It was the end of the day and I was tired. But I know that Sara’s primary love language is quality time, so all I have to do is say ok in this situation. But then there was a moment in the show that Sara repeated one of Hawkeye’s lines, figured it out, and laughed with a genuine smile of haha on her face.

Here is a link to a cool M*A*S*H fact. Check it out.

Dear God, though M*A*S*H isn’t in complete accord with Biblical teaching, thank you for keeping it clean enough that I can enjoy this show with both my father, AND my children.

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