At dinner the other night, I told my kids I had a confession to make. “What,” Ivy said. (whispering) “I’m starting to get excited for school to start.” Unsurprisingly, they did not share my feelings on the matter. But it’s hard for me not to get a bit excited. A couple weeks ago I was… Continue reading A Confession….
We finished up our homeschool year with IOWA testing this week. It was a great year at Highlands Latin in Cincinnati, and I’m looking forward to next year, both the classes I’ll get to teach and the ones my kids will get to experience. But not yet. I’m definitely ready for a summer break. At… Continue reading Summer (School?)
Kyna and I have a bit of a Scrooge mentality towards Valentines Day. We frequently joke that it’s just a “made up holiday,” created for the sole purpose of compelling people to spend lots of money on cards, flowers, expensive dinners, etc. I suppose we mean this tongue-in-cheek, but…only slightly. So we basically ignore that… Continue reading Spouses by the Letters
For all the emphasis we put on Christmas gifts and the excitement of Christmas morning (and I’m as guilty as anyone…nor do I think these are bad things), you know what’s really surprising? Try to think back and remember individual Christmas mornings. If you’re like me, you remember specific gifts and noteworthy Christmases, but have… Continue reading Traditions and Memory
Several months ago I wrote a post about the gap that is frequently present between my childrens’ ideal behaviors (whether it be obedience or simple daily routines) and reality. This gap (chasm? no, surely not that far) is often filled with parental inconsistency. In that post, which you can find here, I mentioned some resolutions… Continue reading An Update on “Consistency, Consistency, Consistency”
When I’ve heard people say that “cleanliness is next to godliness” I’ve always assumed they meant that being clean (hygienically or in their personal space) is so important as to be just below godliness in priority. That probably is what they mean, I suppose, which is why it always get’s an inward eye-roll: Paul and the… Continue reading Cleanliness is Next to Godliness…Right?
So there’s a running joke at our house (and maybe beyond our house depending on how weird our friends think I am) that I do not fit the typical male stereotype when it comes to marital communication. While stereotypes are often dangerous, I think it’s safe to say that in many marriages the husband has… Continue reading Communicating with Cards
Our daughter’s birthday is in October and with Christmas following soon after, gift-giving has been on our minds. Increasingly, however, this presents Kyna and I with a conundrum: we want these events to be special and for our kids to get gifts that they’re really excited about, but they have so many toys already! They’re… Continue reading What to Do on Birthdays When There are Already Too Many Toys?
Confession: it’s not just because my kids think Netflix’s Voltron is a great show that we watch it. I think it’s a great show, too. I think I was a little young for the original Voltron back in the ’80’s, so I didn’t have any emotional attachment to the story or characters when I first… Continue reading “Voltron,” Homosexuality, and My Kids
I put too much on my plate this fall. It’s as simple as that. And I’m not – in any way – a super multitasker. So the last few weeks – with my new teaching responsibilities for Highlands Latin, my new leadership/teaching responsibilities for Boys’ Brigade, my leadership/organizational/teaching responsibilities for our church’s Kids’ Missions Conference,… Continue reading Busy, Busy, Busy