Great family vacations take careful planning beyond how to get to our destination, and what to pack. Great family vacations pay attention to relationships, and what we can do to nurture them. The five keys to making your family vacation the best ever starts with your family meeting together well before leaving for your trip. [Read more…] about 5 Keys to Really Great Family Vacations
Creative connecting with others is one way to ease the loneliness many of us feel during this coronavirus era. A Florida listener to our You Were Made for This podcast shared what she did to cope with feeling isolated from people. She wrote to tell me:
“I enjoyed your podcast today [Episode 60] in which you encouraged listeners to create something. I had the same idea when we first went on quarantine many weeks ago. So I gathered some smooth rocks and painted glossy hearts on them. I had great fun distributing them randomly all over our neighborhood… [Read more…] about Creative Connecting with Others: A Listener Story
Obstacles in a relationship are opportunities to reflect the character of God. How we deal with them are occasions to glorify him.
Being critical of others will humble us when we better understand why people do what they do.
I was reminded of this in a humbling moment a few weeks ago. I discovered a robin building her nest ON TOP of a birdhouse I had put up for my feathered friend’s convenience.
A nest not IN the birdhouse, but ON TOP of it. [Read more…] about Being Critical of Others Will Humble Us
Dads spark joy when they create memories for their family. It’s one of the great privileges of fatherhood. If you’re a dad, it’s what they’ll talk about at your funeral.
I saw a memory created by four fathers working together on a recent Monday. Let me set the context first. No one can remember exactly when the memory happened for the first time. But I have photos of it from six years ago, and by then it had been going for several years. [Read more…] about Dads Spark Joy When They Create Memories
How to celebrate Father's Day in 2020 is different this year due to Covid-19. I saw it on the face of a father talking about his son graduating from high school. It’s a good news/bad story. I’ll start with the bad news, which as you’ll see at the end, is part of the good news.
The other day I was taking my usual morning walk around the neighborhood. It was one of my daily It’s Amazing Out There walks I wrote about in last week’s blog post. I came across a man I had never met who appeared to be getting ready for an event at his house. There was a small “Congratulations Graduate 2020” sign stuck in the lawn near the end of his driveway, together with balloons and a container of sidewalk chalk.
“Are you having a graduation party today?” I asked.
“No. We’re just having neighbors over to congratulate my son by writing something on our driveway. We all built our homes together about the same time years ago, and he grew up with these people,” he said. [Read more…] about How to Celebrate Father's Day in 2020