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Shivering Well

Taken from a recent post from Alicia Guevara, Sabrina drew the short straw last night. Last shower. And the sibs who went before her took loooong longity-long showers. The hot water was gone. But she needed a shower. She had spilled paint all over herself in art class, and I’m pretty sure she forgot deodorant yesterday. And…

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Backpack

I was walking my kids into their school the other morning and I like to greet the other kids as they are walking in. “Good morning,” I say. Or,”You make it buddy/sweetie, good job getting up this morning!” My kids are tolerant of my outgoing nature but someday they might be embarrassed—but thankfully, not yet!…

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Parenting Survey

As a dad of 5 too-quickly growing kids, I know parenting is a wild ride. What’s especially challenging about it is that most of us are unprepared for the stresses and blesses of raising a family. Me, for example: I had no dad at home for my whole life. I’ve had to “wing it” and…

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Summer of Record

This year, my wife and I sending 4 of our 5 kids to Midsouth Covenant Camp—This is a record for us! But ours isn’t the only record being set this summer at camp… 2016 Midsouth Camp By the Numbers: Conference wide, we’re sending 119 kids to camp—the most campers this century! Restoration is sending 26 kids…

Slowing Down the Moment

Slowing down the moment

Our oldest son just broke the barrier… He graduated from elementary school. Along with the normal reflection and lament, probably my bigger concern is how his movement from grade school to middle school will mean that the rest of our kids aren’t far behind. I remember when Ruben started Kindergarten. Then the year flashed by…

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EduConnect at Old Town Ele

Some time ago, church leaders in the Austin area began to ask city leaders what they could do to make the most positive impact on our community. What they heard surprised them… Studies show a strong link between third-grade reading proficiency and future prospects for a positive adult live. A student who moves through the 3rd…

See You At The Pole

It was a stretch to get all 5 of our kids up a little earlier today but we made it (late) to See You At The Pole. In the past, we’ve maybe made it with just a couple of our kids or I think last year we sent our older kids to it, while I…

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Career Day (Pt2) Listen

So I was invited to Career Day at the school where my kids attend and my wife teaches… No pressure! What’s especially interesting is how differently wired my wife and I are. She was honored this year as “Teacher of the Year” for her school—which was a nice way to honor her love of her…

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Career Day

Last week, I was invited to participate in Career Day for Fourth Graders at Old Town Elementary. The format was a rotating around 5 classrooms with 10 minutes in each class. Being a Pastor, I found was going to be a challenge. I knew I needed to offer a description of what I do in a…