Month: May 2014

Turning Legal

Recently, we celebrated my daughter’s birthday. 21. Yep. The BIG ONE. This is the one everyone looks forward to. Except when you get to my age. Then you just dread each one, and at the same time just hope you can MAKE IT to the next day, much less the next birthday. What do you…

My daughter, guest blogger – How I made my dad sick

Parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the faint of stomach. My father can surely attest to this. After all, he’s had to deal with some seriously sickening stuff while raising my brother and me—everything from our various injuries and ailments to my ill-fated forays into cooking. And for the most…

The Empty Chair

Losing a loved one to cancer is never easy. You try to move on, but there are always reminders. Little things. Sometimes big things. At the dinner table, there’s always an empty chair. Just a few days ago, we broke out an old Scrabble game, and there were still some score cards revealing just how…

Just another “typical” day

What is a typical day? Not only do I not know, I’m not even sure I would know it if I saw it. Such is the life around our house. I don’t think typical days at our house would pass for anything close to normal in most houses. Here’s an example from just the other…

The latest sign of the Apocalypse: My son eats a baked potato

We reached a BIG milestone at my house this weekend: my son ate a baked potato. Why is that so big? Well, for starters, my son is a VERY picky eater. Actually, the term “picky eater” might not be degrading to people who actually are picky eaters. My son won’t eat. Anything that doesn’t start…

Dog’s Name Causes Confusion

As the first anniversary of my blog comes up on Saturday, I’m re-blogging one of the most popular posts. I want to thank everyone for all of the encouragement and support over the past year. Several years ago, my wife, daughter, and I lived in a small town next to a church, where I served…

Roughin’ It

I’m not much into camping or living off the land. In fact, I probably wouldn’t know there was an outdoors if I didn’t encounter it every day . . . as I walk from my office to my car. But my son . . . well, he’s different. He loves to camp – in my…