Big Plans: Part One. Bunk Beds


We are moving our kids from bunk beds to single beds. This is very disturbing to them. They have been roommates ever since our son graduated from a crib to a real bed.  Every night he left his bed and crawled in with his big...

A Christmas Lesson


Unwrap a present.  Love the present.  Squeeze the present, sometimes too hard.  (We’ve broken a few before they ever made it out of the box over the years.)  After they process this new reason-not-to-do-homework comes the wisdom of children and their newfound loyalty. “I’ll never...

Almost there.


For many of us, the build to Christmas is a natural, orchestral crescendo of joy and anticipation.  We work less and less each day.  The pile of gifts purchased grows while the Still-To-Buy list shrinks.  As the radio stations play more and more Christmas songs...

A Perfect Christmas


The light of the star flows perfectly through a serendipitously placed window and shines down on the residents of the architecturally and aesthetically perfect stable, designed and decorated by Martha Stewart.  The cattle are lowing the tune of “Away in a Manger”, somehow in perfect...

Something happens when we talk to kids


Last week I got to listen in on a video-chat conversation between a friend of mine and her 4 year-old daughter.  It was beyond adorable.  Daughter was home in New York with Dad while Mom was sitting in a minivan at a gas station just...

“…for this is Holy ground… hold on! I have to go pee.”


Do me a favor and kick off your shoes for this one.  You’ll appreciate it later.   The other night we had some music playing and my son saw the title of the song on the television.  “Ho…ly…  Holy… Gr.  Grow…  Holy Ground?”  He looked...

Dear Innkeepers,


(An open letter to Salvation Army Corps Officers during the Christmas season.) We are praying for your Inns. We are praying for your places of business that have been completely overrun by the season.  Every room is full.  There is no extra space.  You have...

ThanksgiBlaFridAdvent, whew…


Buy all the food.  Cook all the food.  Turkey+ham+stuffing=coma.  Gravy on everything, including cranberry sauce.  Football till you pass out.  Up at 5AM for all the sales.  College football til you pass out.  #Saturdayisbutafadingdream.  Then lets talk about baby Jesus. Anybody hurt?  Everybody ok? A...

Parenting 101, or something.


I’m never quite sure how we’re doing as parents.  Sure, the kids tell us “you’re the best Dad in the world” and “You’re my favorite Mommy”.  Those are the things we pay them to say. Maybe we ought to do a weekly evaluation.  “Here kids,...

a glimpse of God, pt 2.


29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.   (Exodus 34:29)  A glimpse of God changes a person.  To...