“You’ll lose your looks having kids. But you’ll lose your looks anyway. So you may as well do it having children and then they can remind you of how good looking you once were.” – Janet Smith Life is way too short to spend it worrying about your looks so much anyway. Gee whiz. And […]

Some good advice to pass along to any teens you know. But kids, do be patient with your stupid parents, they tend to get astonishingly smarter as you grow older.


Marriage serves two primary purposes. It is for both “the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring” [CCC 1601]. Yet, when we celebrate our wedding (marriage) anniversaries, we normally emphasize one of those things more than the other by turning it into a night or weekend away from the kids. In […]


[photo source] “Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” And actually, I’ve realized now that “one day” comes a lot sooner than you expect. In fact, kids understand the language of “example” far sooner than the language of “advice.” My toddler has been mimicking what […]


About 8 months ago our beautiful daughter, Katherine, was born. That’s when we also found out about her Down Syndrome. And in the midst of wrestling with what that meant – for her life and for our family – I realized a very important lesson. A week or two later I was walking into the […]


“When we find ourselves grousing about having so little time for ourselves, for being asked to do so much, let’s try to remind ourselves that that’s the way it’s supposed to be. God gave us our families to serve. We are being asked to give everything for our families. Indeed, we are being called to […]


Here’s a little poem I wrote as a hypothetical future elegy for Marriage. It’s partially modeled after Niemöller’s famous “First they came…” statement. And it’s to point out that our culture has already been “redefining” marriage in numerous ways for a long time now. — First, they said it was no longer ’til death, and […]

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“Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone I didn’t understand this before I had a child of my own. Now I certainly do. How often do we take for granted the marvelous thing that […]