Happy Birthday, Great Grandma

My great-grandmother passed away a few hours ago. Today was her 104th birthday.

When I first got the phone call, my immediate concern was for my mother, who was especially close to her.  After I finished that phone call, I spent some time reflecting on my experience with my great-grandmother. Continue reading “Happy Birthday, Great Grandma”

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The Nurses Were Wrong

A few days ago, I woke up in the middle of the night. I checked on Baby AJ, and I noticed I couldn’t hear his adorable little snore that I normally hear while he is asleep. I think it’s adorable right now. If he’s like me, someday he’ll have a college roommate that tries desperately to fall asleep before him, because the roommate knows once the snoring starts, falling asleep will be impossible. Then the roommate will have to resort to throwing things at him to wake him up and immediately start the race again. Continue reading “The Nurses Were Wrong”

Letter to AJ: What I Can’t Wait to Teach You

Hi AJ,

There’s going to come a day – and it is soon – when I am going to start pushing you to fulfill your potential. Your mom wants to start pushing you now, but I’m convinced that you’re perfectly content on your back, and have no desire whatsoever to roll over, capable or not. I’ll be pushing you in a lot of areas: taking care of your body, your grades, your hygiene, your cleanliness and, most importantly, how you should respect your mom.

I can guarantee that by the time you’re a teenager, you’ll think I am a tyrant bent on controlling the entire world, but since I can’t, I’m taking it out on you.

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Letter to AJ

Hi AJ,

I’m pretty sure you’re not going to remember the things I’m telling you right now, so I decided to write them down. Hopefully Evernote still exists in 18 years so you can read these. (If not, I’ll see if they still make this thing called “paper” at that point.)

You’re only three months old right now, but you should know that in three short months, you have changed my life.

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“Annual” Check-Up

Yesterday, I had my annual check-up. I’m calling it ‘annual’ anyway. Never mind that the previous one was in 2012, and the one before that was in 1997.

My appointment was at 11:15. I finally got to see the doctor at 12:30. He told me that I was overweight (thanks, but I own a mirror, doc!).

I’m having my first baby in June, and I’m a stepfather to 3 amazing girls already, so now I’m starting the process of focusing on my health. I’ve never actually done this before, but I have joined a gym once. If I remember correctly, the owner told a friend of mine to thank me for the donation.

I spent all evening learning about BMR and caloric intake and trying to decide if I should eat like a caveman or a hipster.

Long story short, I need to lose over 100 lbs. So any encouragement, prayer, tips and/or advice are welcomed and appreciated.

Final Speech – “Courageous”

Here is the text from the final speech in the movie, “Courageous.”

A father should love his children and seek to win their hearts.  He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God.  He should model how to walk with integrity and treat others with respect, and should call out his children to become responsible men and women who love their lives for what matters in eternity.

Some men will hear this and mock it or ignore it.  But I tell you that as a father, you are accountable to God for the position of influence He has given you.  You can’t fall asleep at the wheel, only to wake up on day and realize that your job or your hobbies have no eternal value, but the souls of your children do.  Some men will hear this and agree with it but have no resolve to live it out.  Instead they will live for themselves and waste the opportunity to leave a godly legacy for the next generation.

But there are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are and to teach our children to do the same, and whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no father in their lives but who desperately need help and direction.  And we are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution.

In my home, the decision has already been made.  You don’t have to ask who will guide my family because by God’s grace, I will.  You don’t have to ask who will teach my son (and daughter) to follow Christ because I will.  Who will accept the responsibility of providing for and protecting my family? I will.  Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family’s history? I will. Who will pray for and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do? I am their father…I will.  I accept this responsibility, and it is my privilege to embrace it.

I want the favor of God and His blessing on my home.  Any good man does.  So where are you men of courage?  Where are you, fathers who fear the Lord?  It’s time to rise up and answer the call God has give you, and to say, I will! I will! I will!