Dare To Be Different

I have heard insanity be defined as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. For too many of our years spent as parents, the word insanity could correctly define our lives. We had an idea of what we wanted our house to be like, but nothing about our behavior or parenting techniques changed. As a result, we repeatedly lived our mistakes over and over and over. In fact, one of the easiest things in the world is to become content in your misery and we exemplified that.
Somewhere along the lines, my wife and I had that “Ah Ha” moment when things clicked and we realized that in order to have the family that we wanted, we had to make whatever changes were necessary. I have no desire for my family to turn out like a “normal” family by the world’s standards. I do not expect my children to turn into the rebellious teenagers that our TV shows portray. My wife and I can have an incredible marriage that is full of passion and friendship, a decade after our wedding date.
In order for this to happen, old habits had to die. We had to stop parking ourselves in front of the TV for hours a day, making the kids keep quiet so we could watch our favorite show. For a dad who has two sons named after Hall of Fame pitchers, I learned that an afternoon with my kids was more important than the game on TV. Family game/movie/reading nights replaced the constant phrase, “KIDS BE QUIET!”
My family is far from perfect and we are still learning our way through things. The awesome thing is that a lifestyle change can get addicting. The more time we spend with our kids, the more we want to spend with our kids. We have learned to truly value what is really important, and lay down the stuff we filled our lives with that only take up time that should be spent with our kids. 
In Him,
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Make Time for Memories

Let’s be real honest, it is so much easier to throw some cereal in a bowl and let the kids eat on their own while we get ready in the mornings. I have been guilty of this more times than I would like to admit!  Recently though, I have been taking the time to stop and make a homemade breakfast for the kids. No, it doesn’t have to be a super long, elaborate meal to start the day. It can be as simple as scrambled eggs with cheese, or a semi-homemade cinnamon roll (compliments of a recipe I found on pinterest!).  It really does mean a lot, even to a tiny tot, that you would take the time out of your busy schedule to not only make a nice breakfast for them, but actually sit down and take the time to eat and have some fabulous family time before you all start your day!
They are only little for a very short time….take the time to make some memories 🙂

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We are ready to run!

For a while now, I have been really feeling that there was something missing from our lives. We have always attended church and known there was a call on our lives. However, we haven’t ever truly pursued what our calling was meant to be. I can not begin to tell you in this one small post of all the changes the Lord has brought to our family over the past year, but the start of this blog is the beginning of something great, that I can be sure of.
A year ago we were a typical American family with our priorities, well lets just say, not as they should have been. Spending hours watching tv, not spending quality time with our little ones, and never really spending quiet time with God. Both my husband and I started to feel very restless and began to really focus on what was missing from our lives.  Our kids have always been very well taken care of, but we lacked a close relationship with each. We recently bought our first home and decided with the fresh start for our family it was time for an overhaul on how we live!
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