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Posted by on Jun 7, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

A little while back, a student said to me; “Did you know there is a National Paper Airplane Day?” It seemed a little strange, but we verified it. There online, among a list of holidays for May, was the designated label. To my surprise, every day in May has some sort of event or holiday. Some are serious (Memorial Day) and some a little nondescript (May 18th – No Dirty Dishes Day). Some I recognized as having been established over the years.  Although I was in my early teens before I realized folks weren’t saying “sink” and “mayo” on May 5th, that really did confuse me as a child. I didn’t know how to put those two words together. I’m not sure we need a National Wine Day (May 25th). Folks who partake in that beverage likely don’t want...

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Be Strong and Courageous

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Dad Voice | 0 comments

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) It feels overwhelming at times doesn’t it?  “I can’t keep up – the things these kids are into…” Our children have so many portals of information.  As soon as we think we know the latest news, fad, or phenomenon, another one comes along. How do we help our children navigate through it? We must be educated. Reading books on history, culture, socialization, and so on, will help parents understand current thought. In the past twenty-five years there has been a decline in plainly (without opinion) teaching the basics in schools.   Know what is happening by investigating cultural influencers. Use the Internet to discover what is “hot,” then investigate content. What are the lyrics of...

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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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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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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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