A First Grade Lesson

The holiday season, a time to be thankful, a time to count blessings, a time to be with family and friends and a time to prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus. For whatever reason this year I have had a harder time preparing my heart for all that is about to happen this year. Maybe it is all that negative that is all over the television set. Maybe it is just the stress that sometimes comes as the Dad of 4 active boys.

I have done a lot of reflecting about the holidays lately and I think part of my struggle is wanting to make the holidays for my boys something I never really experienced. Holidays as a kid were not important. I don’t really remember celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas was usually just Christmas Eve at my Grandma Norman’s house eating Pizza Hut and drinking punch (although I do love the punch and we make it every year now). Gifts were sparse, family time was nonexistent and church was a complete unknown. The term Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas were just words. Continue reading “A First Grade Lesson”

5 Things Every Husband Should Do

After 25 years of marriage, I’m blessed to have found someone who can tolerate me over all that time. We’ve enjoyed beautiful highs and extremely dismal lows and I by no means think I’m an expert at marriage. However, I can tell you that we love each other more today than we did 25 years ago. So how does love survive the test of time in a day and age when we are told it’s OK to throw anything away that is broken or requires too much effort to fix? The obvious answer, that is far harder to live than say, is perseverance. Love requires constant effort and attention, just like anything else you want to grow and flourish.

With that being said, there’s a few other things I learned along the way that I wished I knew 25 years ago. So, if I could jump in a time-traveling DeLorean and go back to give my engaged self some advice to help make this journey a little easier on my part, these are some of the things I would share with my younger self. Continue reading “5 Things Every Husband Should Do”