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Written by Aaron

May 13, 2008 at 10:51 am

My Girl

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My Girl….that is what I call my wife, Jennifer.

Let me tell you about My Girl.

She is my best friend.

She is Supermom.

She is a “part-time” teacher for my oldest son who attends a University-Model school.

She is a “part-time” staff member for the children’s ministry at our church.

She does almost all of the house cleaning, laundry, dishes, and everything else in our home.

She is the room mother for my son’s class.

She takes my son to swim practice every day and volunteers as a timer at his swim meets.

She regularly takes our boys to the library to develop a love of reading and learning in them.

She serves as a leader of our small group from church.

She is an awesome friend, twin-sister, sister-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, and aunt.

On this Mother’s Day, I just want to recognize and thank her for all she does. And thank her for being My Girl.

Written by Aaron

May 11, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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Plan B?

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If you have children…..or no children

If you have experienced loss or tragedy…..of if you haven’t

If you believe in God……or if you don’t

Watch the videos here

Thanks to Pete Wilson for sharing the videos…..but more importantly, thanks to Todd and Angie Smith for sharing your story.

Written by Aaron

April 28, 2008 at 10:42 am

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An Unexpected Special Moment

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I have 2 boys……..7 and 3 1/2. And they are growing so fast.

Lately, I have been trying to pay closer attention to some of the things they do, things they say, moments that we have together. Almost like mental snapshots so that I can remember those things when they are older.

This morning I had an unexpected special moment with my 3 1/2 year old.

He and I woke up before my wife and our older son. Nothing unusual about that. But today, instead of tuning into a cartoon or playing with his toys, he just sat in the bathroom with me while I got ready for work.

Here are a few things he said…..

Daddy, look how big I am. (as he stared at himself in the mirror)

Daddy, why did you grow faster than me?

Daddy, I want to go to your work with you.

Notes to self….He is watching me. He wants to be like me. He wants to know that I am proud of him.

Written by Aaron

April 25, 2008 at 12:45 pm

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I posted earlier about Learning….but that is only half of the story

Mark Batterson wrote…..

Half of learning is learning. The other half of learning is unlearning. Unfortunately, unlearning is twice as hard as learning.

My 2 boys are in learning mode right now. They are full of questions. They are curious and they want to learn.

Me, on the other hand…..I am having to ‘unlearn’ a lot of stuff. This world passed on a lot of bad info to me about life, relationships, parenting, marriage, career, success, money, etc.

Is there anything that you need to ‘unlearn’?

What about your organization? Does your team, company, church, etc. have the ability to ‘unlearn’ stuff?

Written by Aaron

April 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

Creating Memories

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The following line in this post by Mark Batterson caught my attention

I feel like part of my job as a parent is to create memories.

In my household we often fall into a pattern where……..

Tuesday looks very similar to Monday

the 3rd weekend of the month doesn’t look all that different from the 2nd weekend of the month

and the only big difference between March and February is the number of days

I want to break that pattern and ‘create memories’ for my children like Batterson suggests.

As parents, let’s create days…..weeks……and months that stand out from the rest.

Patterns are safe, comfortable, easy.

Stand out days, weeks, and months require effort and intentionality.

Written by Aaron

March 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm

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Quote of the Day

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Tonight, while looking for a snack in the fridge, my son blurts out……

“Daddy, I think the grapes have hair.”

New item on this week’s to do list….Clean the old food out of the fridge.

Written by Aaron

March 9, 2008 at 7:40 pm

Posted in Parenting