Learning to Lead an Imperfect Family

Welcome to our blog...

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Thanks for taking the time to visit Learning to Lead an Imperfect Family. I am thrilled you are here. I am a Christian husband and Dad who is still struggling to learn to love, lead, and nourish my large (there are 12 of us) family for the glory of God. Every day is both a […]

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!

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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

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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 […]

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

Fathers, you are never alone.

Someone's got your back...

Fathers, you are not alone.

Their facial expressions tell the whole story. Their first reaction will range anywhere between subtle surprise to absolute horror. “You have how many children?!!?!” Once the initial shock subsides, their face gently slides to relief. But only for a moment before plunging to guilt and maybe even a little pity. “And I feel overwhelmed with […]