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The Often Overlooked Beauty of Homemaking

I would how our culture would be transformed if Christian women not only embraced but relished in this vision: Carolyn Mahaney wrote "Homemaking Internship " especially for moms with daughters. It's about how to pass on to the next generation of young women some of the most important things in life. She says, But the truth is that homemaking involves so much more than just cleaning a house. The commands in Scripture to love, follow, and help a husband; to raise children for the glory of God; and to manage a home encompass a vast responsibility. Homemaking requires an extremely diverse array of skills—everything from management abilities, to knowledge of health and nutrition, to interior decorating capabilities, to childhood development expertise. If you are to become an effective homemaker, then you must study these subjects and many more. It turns out that, in God's plan, the home is the University and mom is the Professor of this all-encompassing subject. The whole a…

5 Reasons I Tell the Kids that Santa is Not Real

For the last week or so my kids have been in full Christmas mode. They are all sugared up from the cookies, they're seeing Santa everywhere, and they're in high spirits for presents! Nothing is so cute as hearing my three year passionately sing "Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock."
As a parent I want to make sure they don't miss what Christmas is really about, namely the birth of Jesus Christ. So in addition to watching endless Elf reruns, Stephanie and I have made sure to read the Bible story and to try and teach the kids about generosity and developing a giving heart.
I have also decided to tell the kids Santa is not real. I know, many of you may be shocked that I could break the hearts of my kids (ages 6, 5, 3) over something so trivial. "Just let them have fun with it for a few years," you're thinking. Well, before you fling tomatoes at me and call me a Grinch you can relax, because my kids don't believe me.
(it is sad and wor…

Book Review: From Peanuts to the Press Box

From Peanuts to the Press Box by Eli Gold is a book about a young man's dream, passion and journey to become a professional sports announcer. In this easy to read autobiography Gold shares all kinds of entertaining, enlightening and just plain interesting stories from the many bus rides he's been on, the thousands of plane trips he's taken and the innumerable sporting events he has announced during his life. I really enjoyed reading about how a man set his mind on something as a young boy and then through great fortune and lots of hard work achieved those goals.
Gold has been a mainstay behind the microphone for the Alabama football and basketball programs for many years, but his vast experience includes many minor and pro hockey games, minor league baseball, and even NASCAR. As a sports fan the book kept me interested and entertained. It was fun to get a look inside at sports and to see it through the experiences of an announcer. Gold made me realize that sports is …

Highlights from Boys Night - Dec 2009

Stephanie and Izzy were at my mom's house for a girl's night so the boys and I had a little party of our own.
Here's the rundown:- trip to Menards for shovels - stop at Cub Foods for a cookie, some Powerade, and cough medicine - McDonald's value meal for snacks - wrestling in the living room - playing toys in the bedroom - frozen pizza and grapes for dinner - watch Star Wars episode II - Skype with Mom and Izzy - Boneless Buffalo Wings and Onion Rings at Applebee's - watch the news and go to bed
Boys Night continued into this morning with... - sleeping in - trip to Cub Foods for donuts - wrestling - watch The Night at the Museum - chili for lunch - trip to the doctor (for Jacob's cough, not because of the chili!) - knee hockey

Setting Goals for 2010

Have you started thinking about goals for 2010?I have a list started. My #1 goal for 2010 is to make progress on the goals that I set for 2010.
Last year I made a few goals/resolutions but I never revisited them or put any plans in place for charting improvements during the course of the year. As the saying goes, "You can't expect what you don't inspect." Monthly self-inspection will be key. I want to be more intentional about this in 2010 so that when 2011 rolls around I can look back and see how much I have grown and accomplished.