Thanks Mom!

The U.S., Canada, and Australia celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday. I'm so thankful for my mother and mother's everywhere for being the Saints that we all know you are. Thank you for teaching us right from wrong and filling us with love and compassion. Thank you for being there when we need you the most.... Continue Reading →

Five minutes with dad

I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately. I wrote about him in Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door, how he made an appearance in a recent dream that I had where I got a chance to get the VIP treatment and visit heaven for a day. I've been thinking about him at other... Continue Reading →

Getting the band back together!

I apologize if I'm a little excited. My wife and I and our three kids will all be home today under the same roof for the first time in nine months. Our son, a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, came home last weekend; our daughter came home yesterday for a long weekend; and... Continue Reading →

The best day

A rainy chill has come in the middle of the night. It's not overly cold, but still cold enough and it’s one of those mornings when you run quickly to the bathroom to do your business and then back again to get back under the warm covers. The sheets and comforter on the bed are... Continue Reading →

Where’s the instruction manual?

When you first become a parent, the maternity nurses and staff are saints. They check frequently on your darling new baby; help the mother get comfortable with breast-feeding, if that's your desire; physically check the backseat of your car to make sure that you have the carseat correctly locked in; and even hold your hand... Continue Reading →

A fool’s fool

I’m usually the fool in my family — the challenge with living with four incredibly smart and passionate people — but one year I was determined to change things. My youngest son had been a little flip with my wife and I on submitting an excuse for a school absence. He wasn’t disrespectful, but at... Continue Reading →

Give me a warning sign!

When you come up to a curve in the road, there's usually a sign as you approach that warns you to slow down and prepare for the change in direction. When you go to the movie theater in the U.S., the Motion Picture Association of America assigns one of five ratings to each movie, such... Continue Reading →

Some Mountain State love

We had barely pulled into Morgantown for a visit with our son, a freshman at West Virginia University, when he had asked us to make a Target run. When we got back to his dorm, he pulled the shopping bags out of our SUV like they were coming off an assembly line, handing them out... Continue Reading →

Love you forever

When our kids were young, we used to read them the book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw. The mother in the story holds her new baby and slowly rocks him back and forth, singing: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll love you for always, as long as I’m living my... Continue Reading →

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