My daughter will be turning 2 in just a couple of weeks; I can’t believe how big she is getting. It seems like just the other day we were rocking her to sleep as a newborn and now she is running around, talking and generally being an awesome little kid. We finally decided it was time to get her a little table where she could sit at and color, play with blocks, read or whatever else she wants to do;instead of going out and buying a toddler table and chair, I figured I would take a shot at building one myself.
I have a lot of things that I want to tell my daughter that randomly pop into my head, however at 23 months old she probably won’t understand most of it. I’ve actually tried telling her some of these things, but I usually get the famous toddler response of “No!”. So what I decided to do was jot some of these down and then I can either tell her when she’s older, or maybe she’ll even read this blog herself! Anyway, here are some of the things I wrote down that I would like to tell her.
Anyone familiar with popular music of the ’80′s has heard the song “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by Tina Turner. It has a certain lyric that has always captured my attention: “What’s love, but a second-hand emotion.” I never quite understood what this line is supposed to mean, but I’m assuming it’s a sarcastic or hopeless commentary on the singers lack of success at love. In a strictly worldly view I guess I can see how this attitude toward love could come about. But as a Christian father this is a totally skewed perception and I think it is the result of the popular culture view of love. The lyric is flawed from the very start, categorizing “love” as an emotion. Emotions are all about “me” and how I feel, actual love is about other people; it is selfless action.
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.
“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.”
-Ken Norton, American Heavyweight Boxer
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.
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 GetConnectDad.com 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
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.
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.
“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” – Billy Graham