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The Cornhole Song

A New Classic.


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New Look

The blog is going down for about a week. I am going through a re-work of the site and new hosting…see you soon.

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Talking About Sex

As I said in the last post, we began talking with our kids about their bodies and why God made us (men and women) differently when they were young. We found age appropriate books to help us initiate conversation with them about these subjects. As they have grown older the conversation has become more specific to the issues they are about to face or the issues they are facing presently.  Beginning these conversations hasn’t been any easier, but the kids do feel more comfortable in talking with us because of the ground work that happened along the way. We, the parents still initiate future topics, but the kids are more open to talk about the topics we have already covered. We are not perfect on this and we are still very much in process of learning and making mistakes, after all we have never been parents of teens before so it is still new to us.

When our oldest was in the fifth grade we decided that Amy would take her away for a girls weekend, just mom and daughter. We rented a hotel room for them to go and stay in for a couple of days. We purchased 2 copies of the book, Preparing Your Daughter for Every Woman’s Battle: Creative Conversation for Sexual and Emotional Integrity by Shannon Etheridge. One book for Amy (my wife) and one book for Jordan (my daughter). They left for their hotel early in the afternoon so they could check in, swim and have fun. At different points Amy and Jordan would read a chapter of the book quietly and highlight parts of the chapter they wanted to discuss. They did the reading together at the same time and then Amy would initiate conversation from the chapter they had just read. It was difficult at times, funny at times,  but bonding all the time. After each discussion Amy and Jordan would go do something fun and light to break things up. They would eat out, go to the movies, or get a manicure. The weekend was an incredible success at opening communication.

I had a father son weekend with Peyton during his fifth grade year prior to moving into middle school. We went away for a similar week-end experience only no manicures. We did eat lots of steak though. We went through the book Preparing Your Son for Every Man’s Battle: Honest Conversations About Sexual Integrity, by Stephen Arterburn. There were moments that were tense for dad and son, moments were we both looked at each other and laughed, but most of all there were great moments of fun and bonding together that is still paying off today.

When the weekend was over I asked my son what he enjoyed the most, his answer will always stay with me. He said “I enjoyed just hanging out with you. I know I can talk with you about anything.”  WOW, that is what I wanted to accomplish. I didn’t try to answer every question or address every situation he would be faced with as a young man, I wanted to open communication so we could talk together when those times arrived. I still have to initiate conversation after all he’s a man. Which is difficult for me because I’m a man and talking about sensitive things isn’t easy, but it is necessary.

There is no one way to start opening conversation with your child about healthy relationships and sex. But, God does intend for us as parents to take the lead.

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Still Here…

Just haven’t felt like posting lately.

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Back Online

Well….I’m back on after a five month hiatus. It has been very restful and I think I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish by backing away for a while.

I am going to get things started back with a video from my recent trip to China. Enjoy!

Chinese Worship

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I am going to stop blogging for an indefinite period of time. Thanks for reading and looking in. See you later.

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Books Page Updated

Updated the “Books” page at the top of the blog, maybe an interest to some.

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