May 172016
Toddler At Playground

I work from home, so the majority of my days are spent inside my home office. At some point during the week I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and do something with the family; it really seems to help everyone’s mood when we get out of the house and do something, especially something outdoors. A lot of times this is something really simple and either free or inexpensive, here are a few ideas that usually work pretty well for us.

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May 032016
Heizer Trail Trailhead

Difficulty: Strenuous
NOTE: This is not a hike for younger children; mid to older teenagers is the youngest I would recommend for this outing.

Heizer Trail is a very nice trail just west of Colorado Springs; it is not very well-known so there are no crowds, even on weekends. One Sunday afternoon instead of going to the gym, Lisa and I decided that we would go for a hike. This was a last-minute decision and we didn’t get started until later in the afternoon. We decided to try the Heizer Trail again; we hiked on this one before but turned around before we got to the top, mostly because of the hot weather (but we also kind of wimped out). The trail is very close to Colorado Springs; a short jaunt up U.S. Highway 24 will get you there pretty quick.

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Apr 292016
The Optimistic Collie

Julian over at GetConnectDad.Com has a great idea going: A series of posts detailing “52 Traits I Want In My Kids”. Julian asked me to write a piece on optimism, please follow the link below to the GetConnectDad site to read more! This is my second post for GetConnectDad, my first contribution was on Being Thankful

I must admit, I am not a natural-born optimist; I am a realist (what some may refer to as “pessimist”). So when Julian from asked me to write an article about optimism, I almost balked.** After all, what do I have to say about optimism?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him… Romans 15:13

Apr 272016
Mother and Daughter

Up until the time I had a daughter of my own, Mother’s Day consisted of some flowers and a phone call to my mom. Now with a child, Mother’s Day takes on a whole new meaning. It is a chance to show my wife how much I appreciate her and make what would be a normal, regular old Sunday into more special day. I’m sure all of us dads would love to really ROCK Mother’s Day, but rocking Mother’s Day will require some prep work and attention to detail on our part.

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Apr 222016
Father and daughter holding hands

There are many parallels drawn in the Bible regarding the relationship between the Father in heaven and His people, and the relationship between a father and his child. The Bible is clear on many aspects of fatherhood and parenting and there are many traits we could pull from scripture. I’m sure pages and pages could be written on this subject (and I’m just as sure pages and pages have been written), but here I have outlined five that bubbled to the top in my mind.

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Apr 152016
New Dad With Infant

Being a new dad is an exciting and sometimes frightening time. When we were expecting our daughter and after she was born, I consumed every tip and piece of advise I could get my hands on. This post has 5 tips for expectant dads, and 5 tips for new dads that will help get you going. Do you have any additional tips or experiences you would like to share? Let me and fellow dads know; post in the comments section!

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Apr 132016
Family Photo

Julian over at GetConnectDad.Com has a great idea going: A series of posts detailing “52 Traits I Want In My Kids”; the first trait is to be thankful. When Julian asked me to write a guest post from my perspective I jumped at the chance. Please follow the link below to the GetConnectDad site to read more!

What do I have to be thankful for? When things are going well in my life that can be easy to answer: I’m thankful for my job, my house, my family, etc. But what about when things aren’t going so well, can I be thankful then? The Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians to *always* give thanks for *everything*.

“Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19b-20, NIV

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Give Thanks - 1 Thessalonians

Apr 062016
Dad's Breakfast Egg Sandwich

I love breakfast! Especially fried eggs, toast, hash browns and bacon. What better way to enjoy this classic egg breakfast than to have it in the form of a sandwich; you’ll get a taste of everything in every bite! It takes about 15-20 minutes to make, depending on how well you time everything. This recipe assumes a couple things: You know how to cook bacon and you know how to make a fried egg over-medium.

A couple notes on the ingredients: No, egg substitute is NOT OK. No, you cannot use turkey “bacon”. Yes, you must use butter. Yes, Tabasco Sauce is a key ingredient.

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