Category: family

A Walk to Remember – On Our 12th Anniversary

Shannon & Michael Schmid on their wedding day, September 9, 2004

The walk I’m speaking of is the walk down the isle of a church that my wife and I took twelve years ago. And really, I’m writing not just of that walk, but of a journey… about the independent paths we both traveled to get to that wedding day, and the walk we’ve taken hand-in-hand ever since.

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He Said, She Said — Family Road-Trips

Vintage Royalty Free Family Road-Trip Graphic

A national survey sheds light on how couples navigate the open road… from who normally drives, to who gets lost more, to who requires more “pit-stops,” Think you already know the results? Maybe. Read on…

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Family Travel: Stop and See the Amazing Thing!

Vintage American Family Travel

Let’s daydream for a moment of summer; the summer ahead and the hazy memories of our childhood summers past. Oh, and I’ll tell you the tale of THE AMAZING THING!

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Dads Just Want to Have Fun

Family Roadtrip to Colorado 2017

Or at least they should. Let me explain. It was brought to my attention by my loving wife and also by at least one commenter on my recent blog: 7 Ways to be a Better Dad (aka: “Stop and Smell the Diapers”) that I had left something important off my list. So, here is that missing guideline on how to be a better dad: HAVE FUN!

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10 Things Police Wish You Knew about Answering the Doorbell

Stranger knocking at door or ringing your bell

It’s that time of the year, when door-to-door solicitations begin to occur more frequently. But how do you know when you should or shouldn’t answer the door?

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The Story of a Garnet Ring – and a New Family Tradition

Here’s the story of generations of love in my family… symbolized by a garnet ring… and how James Avery has helped me continue this lovely family tradition!

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Empty Chairs at the Holiday Table

Empty Chairs at the Holiday Table

This is a wonderful time of year to pause and count our blessings. Unfortunately for some, the holiday season is also one of sadness and loss. I just found out…

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Battling “Entitlement” in our kids {A Guest Post}

Entitlemania: How Not to Spoil Your Kids, and What to Do if You Have by Richard Watts

Do you worry that your kids already have a damaging sense of entitlement? Just want to make sure that you are raising them in a way that avoids the trap of entitlement? Then this guest post is for you! Read on…

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I Miss You Dad

My Late Father in Navy Uniform

There are certain times and life events during which the absence of loved ones is most acutely felt. Thanksgiving, Christmas and the birth of a child I’ve found rank high among these. So at this joyous time of year, please indulge me a brief sad moment.

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