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This past week I (Mike) had the opportunity to see a pre-screening of the new movie Selma, which debuted in theaters across the U.S. yesterday. The film was overwhelming on many levels. I knew my heart would be moved. I just had no idea to what degree!
It’s the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men, right? The reality, however, is that many enter into the Christmas season with a lot of stress and unrest. How do you find peace during the holiday season? Our family’s answer may surprise you! It’s not an easy thing to do. In fact, the Holiday season is one of the most unrestful times of the year for our family, it seems. Every year, in-spite of our planning, early shopping, and focus, we find ourselves rushing around like crazy people up until the last minute. Peace alludes us. While it
Every now and then I (Mike) will venture off the parenting, marriage and family path to write about something miscellaneous, but valuable! Today’s post is just that. However, I wouldn’t do this unless the content I was sharing was life-changing!
Some people are born simple, some have simplicity thrust upon them. We fit into the latter category.
A little less than 2 months ago I was suddenly fired from the church I served with on the Northside of Indianapolis. While I won’t go into the details of the firing, I’ll only say that I did nothing morally or ethically wrong. It simply came down to a difference in philosophy. In the weeks that have followed I’ve learned several important lessons about life, my family, and the world around me.
As a kid, I was bullied. From 4th grade to 9th grade, life was hell. I’ll never forget coming home from school, collapsing on my mom’s lap, and sobbing, because I couldn’t escape the cruel words of my classmates. As a father, 20 years later, I’ve held my own broken-hearted children, helpless to defend them from the hateful things their classmate’s say or do. The hardest thing to figure out as a parent is how you’re going to help your child face another day of torture.
In a world that pushes perfection and tries to convince our daughters that physical beauty is the most important thing, even if it’s falsified, singer/songwriter Colbie Caillat gets it. Her latest song, “Try” left me in tears. I saw my 4 beautiful daughters in this video:
Three years ago, almost to the day, Kristin and I found out some exciting news. We were going to have a baby. This time, the old-fashioned way. We already had 8 children through adoption, so this was an exciting new journey. Little did we know the pain and agony we were about to face. In early November we miscarried. The following was written by Kristin, a few days after walking through this painful experience.