When you wish it were different: A special needs mama reflects on the joy and the uncertainty

Cannon turned four years old this week. We celebrated with a family dinner, and his therapist decorated his room with a banner and a few balloons. It…


Got kids in sports? Here’s how to guard your witness

Booing. Shouting. Finger-pointing. Adults getting up in one another’s faces, arguing against a call.  All this I have seen—in an elementary school…


Wonder

One of my goals as a father is to infect my children with childlike wonder. Arthur Gordon is one of my role models when it comes to wonder. I read…


Seven ways children react to grief

One of the hardest things after my husband died was not only dealing with my grief but also watching my children try to grapple with theirs.  My…


Struggle well: Fatherhood, love, and grace

Fatherhood is a struggle.  Don’t get me wrong. It is glorious, exhausting, worthwhile, exasperating, a blessing, and painful.  It is all of those…


Prayers for a Tired Dad

God has always used ordinary people to do remarkable things. That’s where you come in, Dad. You are a man God can use. God knows we are imperfect.…


Role reversal: The beauty of serving a parent

I’ve observed my mom almost eat glass. She’s been lost around the neighborhood a few times, she’s told me she doesn’t love me anymore, and she drank…


Four truths about childhood for grandparents to embrace

Vacation requests were approved and tickets bought. Beds were ready and the refrigerator was stocked. Finally, the day came! Our three grandchildren…


How the discipline of Sabbath rest saved my daughter’s life

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” (Exodus 20:8 ESV). My daughter, Megan, is a senior in college and struggles with perfectionism and…