Summertime Parenting

With older children who go to school, our house is quiet during the day. But won’t last much longer. In just a few short weeks, we will experience a reverse exodus: the children will come home and stay for the summer.

This presents special challenges for our family. First of all, my study is at home and having little bodies around during the day can make getting some kinds of work done more difficult. (Frankly, their bodies aren’t so little any more, but you get the idea.) Second, we have four children at home (two in college) and so we’re dealing with parenting on a larger scale than some other people we know.

To start with, we start with two biblical principles. Continue reading


Guidelines for a Dude Going out with His Wife

My wife and I started having “date night” about seven years ago. It was the result of one of my initial assessments for church planting. The encouragement from godly men was “to continue to develop your marriage intimacy now that your kids have a baby-sitter.” (Parents with young kids know how hard it is to get baby sitters, and when the oldest child can help watch the kids, investing in, and developing, marriage intimacy becomes more feasible.)

Part of that meant we would start a weekly date night as a way to invest in our marriage.

But as it turns out, date night isn’t easy when two people are busy and life surges onward while mom and dad are out at Barnes and Noble sipping a latté.

I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, and a little humbled by my wife when she recently emailed me with some dates for our future nights out, along with some requests, which I’ll post below as guidelines for a dude going out with his wife (slightly modified from my wife’s initial email).

Read on for the guidelines as well as a poll on “dating your spouse.” Continue reading