Be the Adult You Want Your Child to Become

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

Road Trip for Foster and Adoptive Dads: Why You Need to Go!

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!

Quit Making Your Bed!

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!

Low-Oxygen Thoughts from the Manitou Incline

I mentioned on Wednesday that Zach and I attended Road Trip for Dads, and that once the event was over we attempted to conquer the Manitou Incline, as it had defeated us a few days prior. The Incline is incredibly steep. It climbs from 6,600 feet elevation above sea level to 8,590 feet in less … Continue reading Low-Oxygen Thoughts from the Manitou Incline

Photo Album:Road Trip to Colorado

Last week, Zach and I headed out to Colorful Colorado to attend Road Trip for [Foster and Adoptive] Dads, hosted by the good folks at Confessions of an Adoptive Parent. Zach will share more insights in an upcoming article, but for now we thought it would be fun to share a few of our pics … Continue reading Photo Album:Road Trip to Colorado

8 Habits That Make Me A Better Dad

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

Wild Animals in the Wall

A couple weeks ago, I mentioned that Zach and I had been on the hunt for a wild animal in my wall shortly before I took a couple boys as an emergency placement. Here's the story. Earlier that morning, I was drinking coffee with my Great Dane Jackson when I heard a strange scratching noise … Continue reading Wild Animals in the Wall

Feel Manly

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