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March 30, 2016

Strict Parenting

Right away you have a million different ideas where this post is going. Some of you are having flashbacks to childhood when certain shows were outlawed in your home or when you were forced to eat vegetables you despised. For others it might bring back memories of strict faith-base values or daily chores. In our parenting, what we've laid down…
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February 9, 2016

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

It's crazy how fast the video of Eli Manning's facial expression near the end of the Super Bowl spread throughout social media. What's more amazing is the assumption that he was somehow disappointed that his brother was about to win a second ring like him. I'm sure most just spun it that way for laughs, but I think many really believed he was jealous. His brother, Peyton, was later asked a question making a comparison to Eli and the number of Super Bowl rings. I love his response: We don't do that. That's not what we do. Maybe you guys, your brothers do that. That's not what we do. As a father of two boys, I respect the Manning brothers. Or better yet…
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January 30, 2016

2016.01 // Elliot’s 5th Birthday

For the record, Elliot has never seen a single Star Wars movie... yet. That hasn't stopped him from loving it though. He really wanted a Star Wars-themed birthday party, and being fans ourselves, we couldn't resist!
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July 8, 2015

Running on Empty

A while back running was my thing.  Not a thing I consistently loved, even then, even when I was pretty good at it.  It was a thing I did, regularly and without thought.  I was disciplined to do it. Two kids later, with the constant desire to sleep rather than lace up my shoes and beat the pavement, I have…
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July 1, 2015

Don’t forget where you came from

The other day we went "monkey climbing" in our front yard. We have a decent sized tree that has just the right thickness of branches and enough spacing to get 15-20 feet up in a hurry. For our little guys it's the perfect starter. Elliot was pretty eager to get some elevation and was probably ten feet up with a…
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June 11, 2015

Twenty-First Century Parenting

We're in a new era of parenting facing challenges no other generation has faced before. No, we're not doomsayers lamenting on the good ol' days or Debbie Downing the times in which we live. We are hopeful because of the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead for our children. They really can do almost anything they can imagine. What we are…
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May 24, 2015

2015.05 // Memorial Day Weekend

A little rain didn't spoil our Memorial Day weekend. We grabbed some bubble mix and had some fun getting wet in our yard.
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May 16, 2015

2015.05 // Vietnam

I had a good time traveling to Vietnam last week with a couple of friends. It's an amazing country with incredible people and great food (except for durian). We had a lot of fun experiencing the culture and cuisine of Ho Chi Minh City.
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November 1, 2014

2014.10 // Halloween

Howdy! The Reed posse had a blast at Halloween Twenty Fourteen! We first walked down the street to the fire station which was serving hot dogs and juice before looping around the neighborhood for candy. When we got back to the house, the gang helped hand out candy. Numbers were down for the third year in a row, but it…
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October 30, 2014

2014.08 // Vacation Pt 1

Our 2014 vacation officially kicked off with Haley on Valleyfair Day on August 7th. We spent some time riding the rides before hitting the road for Pennsylvania. After driving through the night with a small early morning nap in Indiana, we finished off the last leg and made it into Pittsburgh. We spent a few days with family on the…
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April 30, 2014

2014.04 // Quinn’s 1st Birthday

Quinn had just started walking a few weeks before his first birthday celebration with family and friends on April 12, 2014 at our house. He was dedicated later that evening at our church in Maplewood by Pastor James and Pastor Mark.
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April 19, 2014

Forgive and Forget

I guess I don't live according to God's form of forgiveness. I mean to, but I don't. (more…)
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