So who else loves being called Dad?

It's pretty great isn't it?

They called me...Dad.

By today’s standards, I was young. Some would say I was too young to get married at only 20 years old. It seems the average 20 year old today is still learning to lace his shoes correctly. Pile on the responsibility of marriage and most would probably run the other way. It makes me feel […]

7 Simple Ways to Have Great Conversations With Your Kids

Starting with "We need to have a talk..." is not one of them.


A month or so ago, I posted Six Reasons to Share More Meals Around Your Dining Room Table. I hope some of you have spent a few more dinners at home. If you have, share your experiences here or on Facebook. One of my goals for this blog is to have conversations with you all […]

Autumn Treasures

and how quickly they are gone

autumn girl

“Look, daddy, look what we found.” Sunni and Jessie stood right beside me. Visibly thrilled about their newfound treasures. In one hand, Sunni was holding a old beat-up Kleenex box. It was full of…something. Actually, it was full of a lot of somethings. The quick glance I gave it wasn’t nearly long enough to figure […]

From a busy Mother’s heart…

lotsa kids

VERY SPECIAL GUEST POST!! Vikki wrote the following for our church newsletter earlier this year. I loved it so much I told her I had to post it on the blog. She doesn’t really care for the spotlight, but reluctantly agreed. So, here is my wife’s debut blog post (and probably her last unless we […]

You are not rich, Daddy.

Beg to differ, Little One...


“Why do you have your pinkie like that? You are not rich, Daddy.” Vikki teases me about it all the time. Jenna makes sure to remind me of my faulty floating finger–she is good at reminding me of my faults. I have to admit, yes, for reasons I don’t fully comprehend, my pinkie finger on […]

How to avoid Girly Middle-School Slapfests

An Imperfect Dad's struggle with anger...


Seventh grade was not a good year for me. I was the short kid. I was the chubby kid. My pants were either too long or too tight around the waist. (Wait, was that seventh grade or last week??) I suppose I was also dealing with some anger issues. Your school had tether ball poles, […]

Beware the Warm Cozy Arms of Bitterness

You have to Let it Go!

bitter and alone

So I recently had a rather heated discussion with my son about a situation that created some tension around the Rod household. Ok, it was less a discussion and more of an argument. Not one of my proudest moments as a parent for multiple reasons. Far from perfect remember? Now let me stop here for […]

The Myth of the Perfect Family

and why one will never exist

perfect family

The perfect family. Today or thirty years ago, it doesn’t matter. They are pretty much the same. Thirty years ago, they lived across the street. The had a perfectly coiffed front yard. They drove a perfect four door family-sized sedan. Their dog was a perfectly groomed well-behaved purebred. The Wife – beautiful, cheery, positive, an […]

Six Reasons to Share Meals Around Your Dining Room Table

family meal

I could not believe what I was reading. Bloomberg reports that for the first time ever, as of March this year, Americans have spent more money at restaurants than at grocery stores. “Grocery stores are finding it harder to make headway with shoppers as a surgeĀ in spending at restaurants over the past several months signals […]

I truly believe being father to a family of any size is a calling directly from our Lord…a privilege and a calling. — Josh Rodriguez