Take Time to Be a Dad Today!

Take Time To Be A Dad Today

Take Time To Be A Dad Today

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I am so lucky to be a dad to three wonderful boys.  My life has been blessed by these hilarious little guys.  It is often hard for me to spend time with them, but I do the best that I can and it pays off.

Research has proven that the more involved a dad is, the more successful his children are. A father's influence can determine a child's social life, academic achievement, and future achievements.

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10 Life Hacks for Raising a Son

10 Life Hacks for Raising a Son

10 Life Hacks for Raising a SonNobody knows exactly how to raise their son. There is no instruction manual that comes with the birth of a boy. If someone ever tells you how you should raise your child without actually knowing your child, just glean what you can and move on. No two boys are the same. However, every male is born with a certain set of needs, and the potential to become a great man. 

Here are 10 life hacks I feel may help you in guiding your son through his first 18 years: They aren't easy, but they are worth it.

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A Link Between Millennials and Gen Xers

link-between-millenials-genxers      I'm technically a millennial, (born between 1980 and 1999) although I've been told I'm not like my contemporaries. Most of my friends are at least in their mid-thirties, or older. Most of my co-workers (past and present) are in their 50s and 60s. I grew up with the millennial generation and I have tried to fit in with my age group for most of my life.  For those of us on the older end of the millennial range, we spent most of our teenage years in the 90's and early 2000's. To me, those years were defined by some key elements that shaped the way we lived and made decisions. Here are the top five cultural influences that I believed shaped my generation's teenage years.

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Oven Grilled Shrimp – Perfect for a Valentine’s Date

Oven Grilled Shrimp – Perfect for Valentine's Day

Every man loves meat, but man and woman are not created equal. So how are you going to make that special Valentine's Day dinner tasty for both of you? Oven grilled shrimp seasoned with Grub Rub, is the tastiest, healthiest, and easiest way to meet in the middle.  (Grub Rub doesn't have MSG or preservatives.)  Recently, my wife made this recipe for us, and I haven't ever enjoyed shrimp as much as I did then. This is a recipe you'll want to steal and put in your pocket for Valentine's Day. But because it's so easy and no-mess, it serves well for a summer picnic too! 

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Mama’s Chili: Easy and Healthy Chili Recipe

Easy and Healthy Chili Recipe

Winter is just upon us and it's warm dinners are paramount. There are so many chili recipes out there, and everyone thinks their mother or father makes the best.  Rather than claim that my chili is better than yours, I'm going to claim something else. My easy and healthy chili recipe is easier, and most likely, healthier and cheaper than what you'll find online. Not only that, it tastes great and kids love it.  With my Mama's chili, you can cook and eat in as quick as 20 minutes, depending on the amount you're serving.

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Ten Signs That You Are a Dad of Boys

Ten Signs That You Are a Dad of Boys

Ten Signs That You Are A Dad of Boys

If you have sons, you can probably already tell where I am going to go with this.  Chances are, you have experienced most, if not all, of this list.  True fatherhood is messy….the messier, the better.  Our poor wives are outnumbered against the high levels of testosterone.  When you are raising boys, dull moments don't exist.  Here are just a few highlights of being a dad of boys.

1. The top of your fridge is covered with many long pointy toys that were used as weapons.  

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2. Your daily chastises include the phrase: "that's inappropriate!"  

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Christmas Gifts for Ministers

Christmas Gifts for Ministers

Christmas Gifts for Ministers

This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are mine.

After being a minister for over ten years, I've realized there are only a few things that we need on a regular basis.  I am betting that you never realized that your ministers really only need a few things, but are pleasantly surprised when they get a gift they really want.  If you are looking to bless your minister, check out my recommendations for the top Christmas gifts for ministers.

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The Perfect Christmas Gift for Men: ESV Men’s Devotional Bible {Giveaway}

Most men ask for tools, guns, or tools/guns accessories for Christmas. If it's not tools or guns, they want something for their favorite sport or vehicle.  Your gift's purpose may just be to make their life a little easier if they use it. Why not give a gift to your man that will help make major positive changes to their outlook for his life on earth? This perfect gift will not only change his life now, but it will change his life for the one to come. Don't you want to help give that kind of gift to someone you love? Crossway just put out a new ESV Men's Devotional Bible that is perfect gift for men.

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Enjoy Medieval Times as a Family

Medieval Times DallasLast week the family went to Medieval Times in downtown Dallas. We frequent this place as a family so it has become a great way to celebrate victories we share at home.  In this case, we were celebrating our two boys' first 6 weeks of school, and good grades on their report card. This 2 hour experience is a unique, family-friendly experience, for all ages and genders. They have great food, music, drama, and sportsmanship.  Being someone who is very money conscious, I would say that this is not a budget-friendly outing.  However, if you only go on special occasions, and take advantage of their specials, it can be affordable for families living in DFW. They are always running specials that are promoted on their website. One of my favorite perks of this outing, is that it includes free parking.  That is rare in downtown Dallas. 

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Our kids love to dress up as knights, so we bought them costumes years ago. This is a great place to let your kids wear their knight costumes because the atmosphere is very imaginary. The first thing they do after taking your tickets, is send you through a "king/queen" entry. They put a colored crown on your head, and ask you if you want to take a picture with your party, and the MT king (actor). 

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The Dude’s Guide To Marriage

This marriage post is brought to you by Family Christian.  All opinions are mine.

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Marriage is the 2nd biggest (longest) commitment you may ever make, behind your commitment to God.  One would think that if we are making such a life-long investment in a single commitment, that we would work more at making it succesful. Although I've been working at my marriage for 10+ years, I'm always in need of guidance. So when I found this book The Dude's Guide to Marriage: Ten Skills Every Hustband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well, I immediately related to it.  After cracking the cover and breaking it in, I haven't been disappointed.  Darrin, and his wife Amie Patrick, do a great job of laying out practical ways to help my marriage.  Each chapter focuses on a topic – Listen, Talk, Fight, Grow, Provide, Rest, Serve, Submit, Pursue, Worship – with action steps for improving each part of a couple's relationship.

The Dude's Guide to Marriage

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