Posts Tagged ‘kids’

I’ve posted before about the importance of guarding our heart. It is the first verse we’ve had our kids memorize and sets up a lot of the parental decisions we make. There are many things we don’t allow our kids to participate in because we feel it would be letting our guard down.

However, over the years the more I’ve thought about this verse the more truth I’ve gotten from it. I ask my kids often, “How’s your heart?” We talk about if anyone has broken a promise to them. If anyone has lied to them. If anyone has hurt their heart. I don’t want my kids to grow up with broken, pain-filled hearts. Because people with broken, pain-filled hearts not only have a hard time in life, but often inflict brokenness and pain on others.

As a dad this gets tricky though and sometimes feels like a daunting task. Pain in many shapes and forms happen. Broken promises and lies happen. Broken hearts are a product of these things. But a few weeks ago I was reading and realized we don’t have to do this all on our own. The peace of God is here to help us.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

– Philippians 4:7 (NIV – emphasis added)

As a dad, and as a Christ follower, it’s good to know that God doesn’t leave this awesome task to us alone. He is here to help our kids… and us.

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Merry Christmas!


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Happy Birthday!

My little princess is 4 today. I asked her earlier, “Anna Brooke, how did you get so cute?”

“Cause tat’s how God made me!” was her reply.

Too cute for words!

Seriously though, I’m thankful that her heart is turned toward God at such an early age. She really is an amazing kid.

New aspects of her personality are showing up every day. She may be the singer of the family but she also may be the comedian (watch out Danielle).

Whatever she grows up to be it will be because of the wonderful giftings God has placed in her life. Along the way though, I plan on enjoying every step of the journey as her dad!

So Happy Birthday Princess Ballerina Barbie Fancy Nancy! (This is the name she’s given herself.) Hope you have a great one! I’m looking forward to dinner at IHOP!

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My Kids are Punny!

On of my favorite things to hear Anna Brooke say, while she laughs, is, “That’s PUNNY Daddy!” Well, this week is Blake’s Spring Break and they both are in Birmingham for a few days. Not sure if I’m just missing them, or answering my sister’s request, but here are some photos of them doing one of their favorite things… Photo Booth!


magic fingers


crazy faces!


Funny Girl!

BROWN BEAR (our other kid… and yes he is a twin)

Brown Bear… our other kid

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Blake & Anna Brooke (2)Earlier this week, Blake and I went to Fun Station: a video game haven for young kids similar to Chuck E. Cheese. Our objective for the night, besides male bonding, was to get as many tickets as possible from the carnival type games. So we didn’t waste our precious time or tokens on those regular video games that give you nothing in return.

Well by the end of the night (which means when we ran out of tokens), our tickets totaled out at a whopping 381! A pretty good showing for us. So we proceeded over to the prize area to pick up our bounty of cheap toys.

After a few minutes of looking over all the prizes, and with no prompting from me, Blake said, “I know what I want to get first!” He walked to these plastic princess tiaras and said, “I’m gonna get one of these for Anna Brooke!”

I said, “Wow buddy! That’s a great idea, and this would be an awesome big brother gift.” But knowing the price I said, “Do you realize this will cost 200 of your tickets? If you get that for Anna Brooke, it will leave you with only 181?” This realization caused him to hesitate.

The young lady assisting us realized Blake’s dilemma and jumped in. “I’ll tell you something, if you get this tiara for your little sister,” she said, “I’ll give you a total of 400 tickets, so you’ll still have 200 leftover.”

Blake’s hesitation immediately cleared and he was all in. He picked up the tiara and we thanked the young lady for the extra tickets. She then helped Blake pick out a ‘flashing-light mouthpiece thing’ for 200 tickets. Which he loves!

With our male bonding adventure coming to a close, Blake and I headed to the parking lot. He was a blissfully happy boy and I was an immensely proud dad!

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Christmas Card

Christmas Card

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Evil Eye

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