Empty Chairs at Thanksgiving

My recollections of sitting around the dinner table at Thanksgiving are filled with potent memories, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins galore. Eventually, the table configuration added my own family; a wife and children. As the passage of time added people to the table, it also took some away. In my mind’s eye, there are … Continue reading Empty Chairs at Thanksgiving

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The Joy of Parenting: Dear Dad

Dear Dad, Happy Father’s Day! On fifty-three occasions you have celebrated this day as a father. I wonder what your memories are of our very first one. For the record, my memory of that occasion is a little fuzzy. Over the years, my respect for you has grown, not because you are more worthy but … Continue reading The Joy of Parenting: Dear Dad

The Joy of Parenting: Mom

Recently there was a video making the rounds on the social networks of someone interviewing several applicants for a job. As the perspective employer described the long hours, the multi-tasking, the lack of peaceful bathroom breaks, and the absence of compensation, the applicants were heard to say phrases such as “you’re nuts!” and “is that … Continue reading The Joy of Parenting: Mom

The Ambiguity of Life

It is late Sunday evening as I begin this post. I am relaxing on my reclining leather coach. It is quiet. No television. No music. The only noise is the clicking from my wireless keyboard and the hum of the refrigerator from the kitchen. I’m staring at the walls that I painted a few weeks … Continue reading The Ambiguity of Life

Youth Milestones Toward Maturity

Milestones are useful markers in many areas of one’s life as they offer guidance and give a standard which allows evaluation of one’s course. For parents, some of the most important areas include milestones for spiritual development and mastery of adulthood tasks. Milestones for Spiritual Development Parents who follow Christ recognize that leading their children … Continue reading Youth Milestones Toward Maturity