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I have been taking my kids to school for about 12 years now.  There are a few insights I have gleaned over the last 12 years and I thought I would share them with you today.

1.  There is no such thing as a routine (it can change daily – just deal with it!)

2.  You cannot get up too early (regardless of when you start your morning – most likely you will still be late)

3.  Normally acceptable drivers leave their brains at home in the mornings (enough said)

4.  Regardless of the understood process, someone is still going to park in the drop off line and leave their car (not sure if they are going into the school for coffee or a teacher conference – but that’s why the school also has a parking lot!)

5.  No matter the age of the child, 6 or 16, there is still a tinge of sobriety that hits me every time they shut the door – they are getting older and it is just a matter of time before they are gone (make the most of every moment!)

These are just a few of the things I have learned – don’t even ask about pick-up in the afternoon!

What are your experiences?

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My Boys Are a Blessing

Sometimes, parenting can be stressful and worrisome.  When I look at the world today it makes me wonder what we were thinking when we decided to have kids and bring them into a place like this.  But then I have a day like yesterday and have to stop and thank God for blessing us the way we have been blessed with three wonderful young men.

My oldest read scripture yesterday in the worship service, and if you know him, you have to stop and say, “Wow, he got up in front of all those people!”  It was really cool to get up and preach after he had read the passage – he did a great job and I am really proud of him.  My middle one, week in and week out, has committed to run the video for our services.  All the slides for the music, etc. are visible because of the work he does during the service.  I am really proud of him as well – that takes real commitment.  Then at the end of the service, during the invitation and prayer time, my youngest came up to me at the front of the church and asked to pray with me about God’s guidance for our family.

I have to tell you – God has truly blessed Kristi and me.  I wish we could take credit for them but in all honesty, God has blessed us with some pretty cool guys!

Thank you Lord – now help us to encourage them to continue and guide us as we try to guide them.

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