I hate devotionals, mostly because just about anyone can write one (such as that world-renowned New Testament scholar Sarah Palin) and thus there’s no real guarantee or even likelihood that they present any accurate biblical truth. That being said, this article is, for all intents and purposes, a devotional, but I refuse to call it … Continue reading Opportunity is in the Interruption
I love to read inspiring and perspective-altering quotes from wise people, particularly when the words are overlaid on an image of a mountain or a forest, but oftentimes the truth in those statements can be inconvenient. Recently, I read three such inconvenient quotes all on the same day, and none of them were coupled with … Continue reading Be the Adult You Want Your Child to Become
We here at The Foster Dads are big proponents of adoption in cases where that is appropriate and necessary. November is National Adoption Month, so we want to send out a "keep on keeping on" to all of you adoptive dads like me. I know from personal experience that being an adoptive father isn't easy, … Continue reading November is National Adoption Month!
A few weeks ago, Dave and I loaded up his VW Bus and hit the road for a stirring expedition into the untamed wilderness of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. On a mountain high above Colorado Springs, some top-notch men were putting on a non-conference, non-retreat specifically for foster and adoptive dads called Road Trip. Typically … Continue reading Road Trip for Foster and Adoptive Dads: Why You Need to Go!
A few years ago, there was a video floating around Facebook of a Navy Admiral giving a commencement address at the University of Texas. During his speech, he encouraged the graduates to make their beds every day, because starting off the day with one completed task makes it easier to make the completion of tasks … Continue reading Quit Making Your Bed!
I don't know about you, but I learned a lot about myself when I became a dad. Unfortunately, most of what I learned is that I'm not as good or strong a man as I thought I was. This isn't to say that I discovered I'm some horrible monster because I didn't. Rather, fatherhood uncovered … Continue reading 8 Habits That Make Me A Better Dad
On Saturday morning I posted an article on The Foster Dads in which I publicly and definitively proclaimed that I am not a saint, and then that very evening I proved it. That’s right, my fellow foster/adoptive dads (and moms who are eavesdropping), I must confess that I completely blew it as a dad. Allow … Continue reading Confession: I Told You So!
Every once in a while, I'm suddenly struck anew by the fact that I have a teenage son. It's particularly bizarre because of my young age and because of the fact that until a little over a year ago I didn't have any kids. Similarly, when I hear those AdoptUSKids “What to Expect When You're … Continue reading I Am Not a Saint
A few weeks ago, Dave and I took my son Thomas on a super manly camping trip* at a local state park. The park is situated alongside a man-made lake, the choppy waters of which we heroically canoed by moonlight while Dave and Thomas bickered over who knew more about canoeing. It also features a … Continue reading Feel Manly
My wife and I finalized the adoption of our teenage son a couple weeks back and, unlike when he first moved in with us a year ago, there was no honeymoon period. Even though we were adamant about being realistic, we quietly hoped that making everything official and legal would curtail the testing behaviors that … Continue reading This is Hard, But We’re Doing It