Category Archives: Jonah

The Walk

JonahSchoolJonah started kindergarten last week and I can’t tell you how full my heart is each morning walking him to his class. Jonah’s school is right next to our church building and so each morning we park at the building and walk about a block to where his classroom is. I have made it my mission that each morning during that walk our conversation is intentionally given as a blessing to him. This boy is going to know he is loved…he is going to know that no matter what happens during that he is surrounded by loving, supportive parents who are determined to bless him and envision a bright future for him…not just years down the road but from this very moment until the last one we have together.

One of the most important things about speaking words of blessing is that it is more about God than anyone or anything else. It is an assurance that God is over all things and working through things and in things for the very best. So what we are really talking about is not just about his day or about what he can expect to happen or not to happen or what to do if he needs something…we are really talking about God and God’s love for him and what that means in his real, every day, kindergarten life.

Honestly, I think this boy is blessing me more than I even know how to bless him and I thank God for that.

God, Superheros and Kids

Last week, Missy was in Walgreens with the boys. Jonah had on a superman cape and caught the attention of several of the shoppers. One guy walked up and said, “He has a superman cape on” as if Missy would have been unaware of this until pointed out by a total stranger. When you haveContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Kids, Play and the Power of Narrative

I have been reading Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, highly recommend it. This book is Miller’s reflection on working with producers on the movie version of Blue Like Jazz. Turns out, life isn’t like the movies…most of us wouldn’t make good movie characters. As Miller reflects on their take onContinue Reading

Elijah and His Accessories

Our two year old son Elijah is all about standing out in the crowd. He knows how to get a smile and he will do whatever it takes to get one. Going out in public with him is always an experience. A few months ago Jonah, Elijah and I were going to Best Buy. AsContinue Reading

Toy Story, Jonah and the Power of Narrative

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Jonah and I make our morning run to pre-school. On the way we often have some really profound conversations about life, God, and toys. He has this new habit of rolling down his window so he can stick his hand out to feel the wind. This morning, I told himContinue Reading

Elijah’s First Haircut

Elijah got his first haircut today and took it like a champ. It is amazing to watch our boys grow up. Honestly, I didn’t realize the value of the people around me until I had kids of my own. It hit me one day…every single person in the whole world was just like this littleContinue Reading

Jonah and Elijah All Dressed Up

Here are some pictures of Jonah and Elijah from Sunday…                                                      

Perspective Matters

I was putting Jonah down to bed Wednesday after Bible class. I asked him what he learned. He told me about baby Jesus, the manger, the animals, Mary, Joseph, the works… Then he asked me something I didn’t expect. Not only didn’t I expect what was coming, I had never considered this one thing inContinue Reading

Some People Don’t Like Change

Missy was playing with some dominoes with Jonah yesterday. He found one that didn’t have any white dots on it. He asked Missy if she could put dots on it. She said she couldn’t. So then he asked her if Jesus could (not bad for a boy who just turned three, right!). She said, “Jonah,Continue Reading


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