You just gotta do it, guys. Make it happen!!

You won't regret it.

I didn’t think it was possible. At least not for a really long time. Maybe when our Littles are in Jr High. Maybe even further down the timeline than that. High School?? Certainly not now. Certainly not this week. It was a pipe dream. Impossible. Pie-in-the-sky type thing. We could never pull it off. No […]

Lead, Dad. Lead.

Hi all, Welcome to the new website!!!

Well, it isn’t really new. Just updated the look and brand because of the new direction I am heading with writing.

Dads are leaders. (so are Moms, but that is for another site)

We lead. At our places of business. In our churches. In our Community.

But before we can effectively lead any where, we have to start at home. Let’s learn how to lead together. Right here.

The new heart of the blog is simple:

Lead, Dad. Lead.

–JR

Broken Things

It is kinda funny. Most people wouldn’t think so. But I do. When you have a lot of kids in a relatively small living space, things don’t tend to last very long. I have a little phrase that I like to tell people when talking about my super sized family: “I have two types of […]

I quit…for reals.

That’s it. I am throwing in the towel y’all. I am tired. I am drained. I am through. I am spent. No more.  The…horizontally challenged female is singing her tune and I am drinking it in like Anne Shirley in a pasture of fresh spring blossoms. Calling it a day. Done and done. You have […]

One Thing You MUST Make Sure Your Kids Know…

And never let them forget!

She sat slightly slumped in the dining room chair. Her head hung a little too low, chin pointing to the floor. I knew what the problem was. Vikki had already brought me up to speed by text earlier that day. “What’s up, Jess?” I asked anyway, wanting to hear it directly from her. She spoke […]

Who wants a slice of pain spread with a little discomfort?

Beginnings, endings, and our comfort zone...

My family eats a lot of bread. No surprise, right? If everyone eats a slice of toast (or two) and a cup of hot cocoa for breakfast we pretty much destroy an entire loaf, or at least close to it. Making everyone a sandwich? You don’t even want to know. Good thing bread is still […]

Sometimes it is easier to ask, “Why?”

Sometimes it is easier to ask, “Why?” It is less confusing to ponder the unknown. There seems to be less pain in wondering what could have been. It’s much easier to sift through hypotheticals than to face the gritty, soul-shattering truth of reality. Don’t be ashamed. It’s our natural response when we are faced with […]

Have we forgotten?

I said I would never forget...You did too.

I said I would never forget. You did too, BTW. We all did. We will never forget what happened today, we promised. We will never forget the hollow empty pit gnawing at our insides. We will never forget the hopeless and helpless feeling of waiting for the next shoe to drop. We were all sure […]

Dealing with #daddyfails

Dad-deVotional #3 - The Dad's Sustainer

dad devotional

Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Failure is big business these days. Been on YouTube lately? #fail #instantkarma #failvid How many hours have you burned watching fail videos on YouTube? Go ahead and […]