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Make a Note to be Thankful

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

This past Mother’s Day we as a family invited those around us whom might feel a disconnect to join us for our special meal. By “disconnect” I mean those who would be separated from children or parents on Mother’s Day. As it turned out, our choice was my new supervisor and his wife. They have recently moved from Indiana and were separated from family. We had a nice lunch together blessed with laughter and camaraderie. A week later our mail contained a nice handwritten note: a thank you card.  My wife opened the envelope and read the contents.  It was a simply stated but obviously heartfelt expression of thankfulness. One of my sons commented, “A thank you note for lunch?” “Sure,” I said and gave him the card to read.  Then I asked, “How does that make you feel?”...

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The Value of a Good Father

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Michael G. Moriarty, (The Perfect 10: The Blessings of Following God’s Commandments in a Post Modern World, p. 113) reports that: “Almost 75 percent of American children living in fatherless households will experience poverty before the age of eleven, compared to only twenty percent of those raised by two parents. Children living in homes where fathers are absent are far more likely to be expelled from or drop out of school, develop emotional or behavioral problems, commit suicide, and fall victim to child abuse or neglect. The males are also far more likely to become violent criminals. As a matter of fact, men who grew up without dads currently represent over seventy percent of the prison population serving long-term sentences.” Further statistics are staggering.  Numbers from the US Department of Health, US Department of Justice, and the Center for...

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Filling the Gaps

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Recently our family was watching a game show. The contest was based on contestants guessing names of famous people. The players knew rappers, TV roles, and all the current and former partners of something called a “Kardasian.” One name they needed to guess was Abraham Lincoln.  The host began the clues: “A very famous president” “President during the American Civil War” “Was assassinated” “Gave the Gettysburg Address” “On the penny” They could not guess it. Eventually he had to make up a silly name to form a final clue.  “His name sounds like Brabraham Plinkon.” That is when one contestant buzzed in and hesitantly gave the answer. She was still obviously unsure of the answer. Later in the show the name was Harry Truman, the lack of responses were worse. My boys were as amazed as I was and...

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Leaving Social Media

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 1 comment

I am proud of my son Ben who has decided to take a break from social media. His reasoning showed real maturity. Ben has always had a high level of empathy. He realized Facebook had become a constant source of negativity in his life. As well, he has said he is, “Losing respect for some because they are placing their hate for some leaders above their dedication to truthful statements.” He followed this by saying, “Dad, you and I have talked about some of the bad things about social media. I realize I agree with you so I have decided I need to step away for a while.” That was over three months ago and he still remains social media celibate. Ben made his own decision but you may be interested in exactly what we had talked about. My...

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Our Children are Watching

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Lying next to each other in his bed, my nine-year-old Dawson says, “Daddy! Do you know that you have hair growing in your ears? You need to find a really good barber and have him take care of that.” Thank you, son. I already knew the inevitable fact that I do have hair growing in my ears. Weekly, I get the small pair of scissors and trim back the ever-growing weed coming out of the dark recesses of my ear. Surely my wife and barber have noticed it too. But my son is not quite old enough to adopt the cultural norms of not always stating the obvious. He often shares out of the mouth what he observes with his eyes. Our children listen to the prayers we pray. They hear the Bible lessons we share with our family...

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Choosing a Guardian/Godparent

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Recently we published “A Titanic Error: Do You have a Will?” to encourage parents to have a will and to name a guardian for their children in the unfortunate event of a tragedy turning their children into orphans. “People who do not acknowledge God tend to think in the here and now. The choice of guardians or godparents is critical. Christians need to think eternally. Who you choose to raise your children is eternally important” (J18S A Titanic Error). This time I want to follow-up with some advice about choosing a guardian (or godparent). Guardian is the legal term but I like “godparent” because the reference to God elevates the role. Your decision to lead your child in the ways of God sets a path that allows you to bestow the honor of naming godparents. The basic physical need...

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