This week at HOPE, we started our last session of parenting classes for the year. Every class is special, but the last one of the year always seems a little different. I am not sure if it because of the change in the weather or that the holiday season is quickly approaching, but the year-capping [...]
The Christmas story clearly shows that the hope of the universe is a person. Hope was what the angels sang about. Hope lay in the manger. Hope caused Mary to wonder in her heart. It was hope the shepherds came to worship. Hope was presented with gifts from the Magi who had traveled so far. [...]
What Happens When a Patient’s Water Breaks the Morning of Her Baby Shower? We Move the Baby Shower to the Delivery Room!
As many of you know, HOPE provides roughly 50 to 60 baby showers every single year. These showers are a consistent highlight to our year as we get to experience the love of a mother for her child, the outpouring of support from our community, and the impact love has on broken situations. We recently [...]
Many will use Father’s Day as a day to point out the failures of men in child-rearing. This is not my motivation today. I have written in the past about the role of a father versus the role of a dad. How one is distant and one is engaged. I will not rehash that here [...]
As a parent, I can testify there is no hurt that compares to the pain of watching your child hurt. Anyone who watched their child struggle with hurt, pain, fear, and loss would liken it to daggers of fire piercing their hearts. Been there, done that. I have said more than once that I would [...]
This past weekend my wife and I hosted my brothers and their families for a celebration of birthdays and America’s independence. The relationship I have with my brothers is a special one, and I welcomed the opportunity to have them in our home. My goal with today’s post is not to discuss my relationship with [...]
“My favorite Summer.” This is a phrase I say to my daughter on a daily basis. Her response without prodding from me is, “My favorite daddy.” The first time I heard her say those words I nearly lost it. This seems silly, but these words are valuable. These words of affection and affirmation are meant [...]