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I am here to share 3 of my time tested and, some might say, spectacular tips to survive a busy week of fatherhood somewhat intact.
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    When November Sucks / Angry at God

    The last two months have been some of the most difficult since we moved to Scotland. It is difficult to articulate exactly how frustrating these times have been in a blog post without sounding as if I am depressed or complaining. Neither of these is the case, yet times...
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    My F(f)ather’s Love

    “Your F(f)ather loves you very much.” These words have been ringing in my heart for the past week. The last few days I attended a Chinese Missions Convention in San Diego, where there were over 3,000 people ready to hear about the different ways God is working throughout the...
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    2 Years In Scotland: The start of some reflections

    Next week marks two years in Scotland for the Carroll family. It’s been a time of ups and downs and many changes in lifestyle while we have been here. The family is really settling in well and Aberdeen has become home (at least for now). When we left our...
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    Awesome Questions

    My husband, Daryl, and I asked our friend and fellow blogger Grace Sangalang to craft the following interview questions for us. Basically, we wanted a way to tell you more about our upcoming family shifts (happening this week!) and this seemed a good way to do it. We’re about...
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    A is for Awesome

    About a month ago, my husband and I were enjoying lunch at a Japanese restaurant when the thought occurred to us, “What if we switched roles?” We had really been dancing around the issue for some time. I have been staying at home with our boy since shortly after...
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    Dealing with Disappointment Daddy Style

    I recently faced a Dad-moment that I had been dreading for a while. It’s one of those times where your son faces his first major disappointment in life. So far my oldest son Ethan had led a somewhat charmed existence. He’s the one that: wins the giant Lego set...
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    Fatherhood is Difficult

    Being a father of boys is difficult. Sure there are the annoying things: having to listen to the song “What Does a Fox Say?” over and over, constantly reminding them the living room is not the place to perfect their football Brazilian Flick, having to explain why it is...
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    Aristotle on Educating Younglings

    In my quest to uncover Philo of Alexander’s thought concerning the education of young people (my PhD Thesis topic), I found some interesting things in Aristotle’s Politics I thought I would share. Aristotle thought the soul had two parts. The first was the irrational (αλογον) part. The second the rational (λογον) part. His...
  • A Birthday Thank You To My Parents:

    I celebrated my 26th birthday this last Saturday. And, though I am a little freaked out by the fact that I am now officially closer to 30 than to 20, on the whole I can only feel a deep sense of thankfulness: I am thankful to be 26, to...
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    10 Lessons From 10 Days of Fatherhood

    1. Women are Manly There is nothing like hearing a midwife say “push” at the beginning of a contraction, watching your wife scream like her leg is being cut off with a blunt saw and knowing that there is nothing you can do about it. Occasionally, I would hear...
  • Trusting My Caregiver: Reflections on a Miscarriage, and Learning How to Be a Child (Guest Post)

    It’s Friday, 11:20 a.m. and I am so frustrated with my little charge, Giuliana. I just picked her up from school and we are driving back to the house when she asks me what we’re going to do when we get home. I tell her that she can play...
  • The Shaping Influences of Family Worship (Guest Post)

    You will look in vain for a section of the Bible entitled “Guidelines to Christian Parenting.” There are a few texts and they are extremely important and they fall under the general heading “Families that serve the Lord and live for him do these things.” With regard to children,...
  • Parents: To Love Your Children, Love God First (Guest Post)

    There has seeped into the church culture a “new normal” with regard to children “growing up Christian.” I say “new normal” because I can only imagine it has not been this way in past generations of believers. Nothing in Scripture seems to support the idea that children growing up...
  • A Little Child Shall Lead Them (Guest Post)

    In a recent staff meeting, the children’s ministries director told us that a family was “leaving our church for another place where their children could connect.” The presenting complaint was that the pre-teen and teenaged children could not understand the Sunday sermons. Therefore, they had a find a church...
  • Foolishness is Bound up in the Heart of a Parent

    It’s time to make a significant difference in our homes; specifically with regard to the spiritual formation of our children. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, my wife and I are becoming expert empty-nesters. I believe we have a way to go before hitting the “veteran” level. But...

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