Moldable Moments

May 13, 2015

Muddy Knees

My arms ached as I hefted around 30 pounds of a muddy grimy two-year old boy.  Even though my muscles burned, I relished every moment down the mountain. My son Carrick was worn out. Tired of stepping over roots, trudging through muddy trails, and slipping on slick wet stones, my boy succumbed to his tiredness. He was a champ. His little legs had carried him […]
February 13, 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Who doesn’t love the lyrics from the movie Frozen? I’ll admit, I know every word of every song. But before you judge me, know that I have three children under the age of eight. As a dad, it is my job to be engaged with their world and their culture. Plus who doesn’t love Disney? I like living in Ohio. We get snow all winter […]
October 9, 2014

Child Evangelists

I recently moved with my family to a new house. My children love it because we have neighbors. Neighbors who are there age, children they can play with. Like any good pastor’s kids, my children quickly asked their new friends to come to church. We were proud of their initiative, but we shared in their frustration as the neighbors reported that they are not allowed […]
October 2, 2014

Mosquito Nets for Jesus

A cacophony of nighttime jungle sounds serenaded my son and I in our cabana. Surrounded by darkness in the lush Belizean jungle, Carver and I had time to talk about life and ministry. My seven-year-old son and I led a family mission trip to Belize. We were stationed in the city of Armenia. We spent the days hosting a soccer camp and read more here… […]
August 18, 2014

Cussing For My Kid

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August 15, 2014

Introducing Meeta…. Thunder Draka

Meeta is Avortovar’s trusty mount in The Last Waveson – Grafting. The thunder draka is one of the offspring of the Ancient Dragons of Ol. Learn more about the adventures of Meeta and Avortovar in the upcoming series, The Last Waveson.  
August 11, 2014

Rattlesnake Summit

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June 17, 2014

Snuggle Time

Check out my blog post about showing love to my daughter by making “snuggle time” special… You can find out more at the just18summers blog.
June 10, 2014

Disney Disaster

Sometimes God uses us to teach our children, and sometimes God uses our children to teach us. Learn more about my Disney disaster at the just18summers blog Moldable Moments.
June 3, 2014

Mold Love by Modeling It First

Check out my post on how I mold love in the life of my five year old daughter by modeling it in how I relate to her and cherish her. Find out more about these moldable moments, at the just18summers blog.
December 17, 2013

Elf on the Shelf…dilemma?

I hate the elf on the shelf… or at least I did. My wife and I didn’t want to add one more thing to our already long list of holiday traditions. We both mutually decided, no elf. We were going to resist the urge to participate in the “fad”. We already do the polar express, Santa, a chocolate ribbon calendar of Hershey kisses’, etc. One […]
May 28, 2013

What I learned from 56 holes of Putt Putt

  This week I played 56 holes of Putt Putt with my six-year old son. For you OCD people… yes I know we should have played 54, but we had playoffs. I lost by two strokes, I may have manipulated the score a little bit, but isn’t that what dad’s are supposed to do?   I learned a few valuable lessons half way up the […]
May 15, 2013

‘Did Baby Jesus Wear Diapers?’

When my niece Allie was 5, she frequently asked me imaginative questions about God. One day Allie arranged a pastoral ministry session for me. I waited on the front steps of her house while she gathered several of her friends. A study group gathered, and Allie announced, “My uncle is a preacher, and he can tell you what kinds of ice cream there will be […]
May 10, 2013

The Discipline Checkup

When our children were young, Barb and I quickly learned that parenting skills were not intuitive or inherited, so we sought mentors who could help us. Bill and Jane, a couple in our church, the parents of five wonderful daughters, agreed to share dinner with us once a month to discuss parenting issues. I remember the evening that Bill and Jane taught us about what […]