Blessings Part One: Cul De Sac

When I was in the 5th grade, my family moved to Murrysville to our new home. We lived on the corner of a cul de sack, which was the epitome of cool for a young child growing up. That circular street would over the years be the arena for all manner of sporting events. It was our hockey rink. It was our baseball field. It was our battlefield for snowball fights. It was a legitimately safe place,…

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The Rookies: Mother/Father

"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth..." (Sarah) I've recited the Apostles' Creed many times, and I've addressed God as Father (and Mother), but I didn't truly grasp the meaning of God as my parent until after Julian and Joshua were born. They were only a few days old and I was up in the middle of the night feeding one of them. Though I was groggy and…

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The Rookies: Copycats

Most people know that I am a drummer. When I first saw the Beatles' movie, Help, I was totally hooked. I wanted to be just like Ringo, a complete goofball who hit things with purpose. I think we’ll all agree I achieved these goals. As a father, I’ve wondered if and when the boys would start showing an interest in music. What instruments would they play? What songs would fill their iPod or wha…

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The Rookies: Scream

The scene of this blog posts opens with me, standing outside on our front porch, in the rain, trying my best to catch my breath. Inside, two boys were in their cribs, where they would be unable to find trouble, screaming at the top of their tiny lungs. While these lungs were tiny, they were quite capable of filling the house with sound. Unpleasant sound. Screaming for relief for some ailment that…

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The Rookies: Ready?

As the one who frequently comes up with crazy ideas, I asked Sarah a few weeks ago if she’d like to join me and contribute to this series on parenting. As we’re just rounding the bend of our first year caring for and raising human life, we thought there might be some practical pieces of advice to give, mostly learning from our mistakes. And if that’s not helpful, we promise to load these posts up with …

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