Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Oyster Stuffing... Traditional Bread Stuffing.

Cornbread Dressing Stuffing... Pork Sausage Stuffing.

Gluten Free Stuffing... Vegetarian Stuffing. (which I guess doesn't go in the turkey?)

Stuffing, stuffing, stuffing!

Sure, I love my turkey on Thanksgiving. But for me, it's all about the stuffing.
I'll skip the 'tators and the gravy. Skip the green bean casserole. Skip the cranberries.
Skip... skip... skip.

Show me the stuffing.

I guess it really is what's on the inside that counts.


Friday, November 20, 2009

"Over the hill, and Thru the Woods..."

I love my children.

AND I love my wife.

I'm also grateful that my parents are willing to take on the four kids overnight.
This is so important for Samantha and I. It not only affords the both of us rest,
and quiet time; it goes far in keeping it real for us. It's needed, time alone.

Oh, How I urge all of you to find this time alone. It's hard, I understand.
Finding babysitters, parents live far away, no siblings to help out. I understand.

But some how, I urge you, find a way. Your marriage needs it. Your children need it.
Find someone you know and trust at church to take care of them for you. If not overnight,
at least for a long evening.

In the words of Nike: JUST DO IT!

Monday, November 16, 2009

"It's in the Genes"

Sometimes I wonder if I have an influence on my children's lives. I wonder if they listen and hear me. I wonder if they see how I live and will choose to model their lives after mine. This is a scary thing; because I do understand that they will not only (hopefully) model the good things in my life, but that they will also model the things that I do that are not so wholesome. I wonder.

But do I really have to wonder. Though some where I live in Western Pennsylvania may think we all are born with the black and gold gene, the fact is, loving our Steelers is a learned behavior.
Thankfully. 'Cause when that first rebellious child comes home one day wearing brown and orange... well, look out below.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"11, 11, 11"

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. Thank a Veteran if you have the opportunity. Go out of your way to do it. They certainly went out of their way to provide you the cover of freedom you enjoy right now.