My Best Advice to Every Parent

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Over the past few weeks Trish and I have navigated a new season. Our oldest son Micah graduated from high school. It is such a weird feeling. While you’re never “done” as a parent, part of our role as parents graduated with him. I’ve never felt so sad, excited, nostalgic and proud all at the same time. Micah attended a Christian high school and part of the graduation ceremony included a…

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The Changing Role of a Parent

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Our oldest son, Micah has his first basketball game of his senior year tonight. I (Justin) made the huge mistake of going down memory lane,  flipping through old pictures of he, Trish and myself growing up together. I cried like a baby. They weren’t tears of sadness, but tears of joy and gratitude. It has been such an honor to partner with my best friend to raise an amazing young…

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Seasons of Change and Letting Go

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Recently, Justin was sifting through photos and found this gem of our three young boys from one of our favorite vacations to date!   The picture below is just four years later! Countless pounds and inches have been added to our family (unfortunately not all of them by my boys, but that’s for another blog post). I was so taken back at the contrast not only in the physical appearance…

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4 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Parent

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Trisha and I got married the summer before my second senior year of college. I squeezed four years into five. (Anyone else on that plan?) Four months after we got married, we found out Trish was pregnant with our first son, Micah. Now, almost 18 years later, we are preparing to send him off to college. We had no idea what we were doing as parents…and still don’t at times….

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Surprised By Motherhood

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I (Trish) could not have been more at my worst. I’d experienced certain levels of burnout before but this time around I was wrestling with emotions unfamiliar to my heart. It was a warm fall day in Austin, Texas and I had just walked into an intimate and gorgeous outdoor dinner prepared for forty women. Being one of the first to arrive, I threw my purse on the nearest seat…

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Overcoming Unmet Expectations

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Our family just returned from a six day vacation in Seaside, Florida. We ruthlessly guard spring break as a family vacation and love going to the beach together.The week turned out to be beautiful and filled with memories, but it didn’t start that way. When we arrived in Florida, so did the rain. In fact, for the first three days of vacation, we looked at the ocean from our condo…

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Talking to Your Kids About Sex

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A few weeks ago, Trish took our oldest son, Micah (17-years-old) and our youngest son, Isaiah (10-years-old) to the doctor to get physicals for basketball camp. Everything was normal until it was time to get shots. The shots weren’t for Isaiah, they were for Micah. As Trish sat in the room, the nurse came in and said to Micah, “I need to give you this shot, as it helps with…

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Talking to Your Kids About Sex

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A few weeks ago, Trish took our oldest son, Micah (17-years-old) and our youngest son, Isaiah (10-years-old) to the doctor to get physicals for basketball camp. Everything was normal until it was time to get shots. The shots weren’t for Isaiah, they were for Micah. As Trish sat in the room, the nurse came in and said to Micah, “I need to give you this shot, as it helps with…

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I’m The Worst Parent Ever

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There are days that I feel like I am a great dad. I have an authentic conversation with one of my boys. I help them solve a problem that they have in a relationship. We discuss a deep spiritual truth. Those are good days. Then there are days that I feel like the worst parent ever. I say something I regret. I checkout when I get home from work and…

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I’m The Worst Parent Ever

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There are days that I feel like I am a great dad. I have an authentic conversation with one of my boys. I help them solve a problem that they have in a relationship. We discuss a deep spiritual truth. Those are good days. Then there are days that I feel like the worst parent ever. I say something I regret. I checkout when I get home from work and…

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