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The Flower Boxes

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

February is a big month for florists, and some will elevate their prices to take advantage of the captive market. If price determines value, a mid-February rose has more value than that of a May rose. This puts me in remembrance of an object lesson I witnessed as a twenty-year-old, one that I’ve never forgotten. It was (none of your business) years ago and I cannot recall the presenter, so I am unable to give credit. If you know, please tell me and I will attach credit.  For now, I am going to call him, “Martin.” Martin stood at the front of our church and, on some music stands, lined up a number of flower boxes. You may know exactly the type of boxes I am describing; the type in which a dozen roses would be delivered. They were...

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Traditions Matter

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

Okay, I realize that Christmas has come and gone—but there are some important lessons we can learn from that season that we can carry throughout the next year. Every year when we strip down our Christmas tree, there are two ornaments that come and will not be placed back on the tree the following year. Their time on the tree was short because it was only placed there a few days earlier—on Christmas Day. It may seem a short life, but the ornaments will live again—because they are part of a Christmas tradition in our family. For much of our married life my wife and I have lived far from the rest of our family, and initially, as a couple, we had few traditions. My family always had Christmas stockings so we did the same.  We always attended a...

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Setting Goals No One Sees

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

“I will not be where I am forever.” I spoke those words aloud into the sterile hospital room where I sat in semi-darkness. Monitor lights blinked, beeps sounded, and answers vanished. It’s nice when ah-ha moments are born out of inspiration and excitement, but sometimes such moments are birthed in deepest desperation and despair. Perhaps those are the most pivotal of them all. My daughter, once a vibrant twenty-six-year-old mother of two didn’t respond to my declaration into the quiet night. She couldn’t. Paralyzed by a mysterious brain stem lesion, her ability to walk, talk, and move had been stripped months ago. Postponing death while praying for life took all who loved her through an endless tunnel of blind corners, cruel and disheartening. At each turn the road seemed blacker than the one behind. Hope like a reoccurring mirage...

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A Modern “Loaves and Fish”

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 1 comment

I have always been an advocate of setting aside a portion of my earnings to support the church and other charities. It’s a practice I learned from my parents. My wife was not raised in a Christian home, but she quickly was assimilated into my dedication to this practice. We in turn wanted to ensure our children had the same values. When opportunities arose, we would talk them through the concept of giving the first portion to help others. They easily got into the habit of charitably giving at least ten percent of any income they received. This is what many call a tithe and our family considered it a standard practice. But I also wanted to teach them about the concept of offerings—a voluntary giving beyond the ten percent. We had an opportunity to teach this lesson after...

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Who is that Baby in a Manger?

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

Every year, of my childhood, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, Christmas pageant practice began. The characters were the same every year, the players different. We sat in wooden pews, lines of grade-schoolers, and waited for the announcement of who would play Mary and Joseph. The revelation always sparked envy, admiration, or vanity. The angels came next, then the shepherds and wise men were named. Sometimes even animals had parts with costumes of sheep, cows or camels. A living star shone above a wooden shed built and carried into the sanctuary each year. Herod, the bad dude and his evil cohorts had parts too around a throne big enough for ten kids. The leftovers made up a choir of children who jostled and joked throughout every practice. There were robes for the shepherds, crowns for the wise men, wings and...

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The Five Magic Words

Posted by on Nov 23, 2018 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

I have no idea how many times I heard this question growing up; “What’s the magic word?” Even as I write this I hear my mother’s voice. Those who teach manners call them the “five magic words,” although some of them are more than one word. What are they? Excuse me. Thank you. You’re welcome. Please. Sorry. Why are they called magic? Because of their potential power. The magic words are an easy way to create positive communication and goodwill—and it’s important for us to instill this in our children. “Excuse me” or “pardon me” are polite ways to smooth over the intrusion of your life into another’s. Sometimes, there is a need to interrupt a conversation. Sometimes we need to make our way through a blocked area. Sometimes we accidentally interrupt or inadvertently step into someone’s way. All...

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