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
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
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
One day a few months ago, my wife, my then-thirteen-year-old son, and I were in the waiting room of the one dentist office in town that takes the state insurance provided for foster kids. My son, per usual, was all over me, vacillating between aggressive hugs and affectionate bites, which simultaneously billowed my heart with … Continue reading Real Dad, Schmeal Dad; Here’s the Deal, Dad