Another Father’s Day is here and my thoughts turn to my experiences as a father. I like to think I’m better at it than when I first started, but regrets over the many mistakes I’ve made as a father get in the way of embracing that concept.
This year is my twenty-eighth Father’s Day from the father’s side of the celebration. I haven’t been able to commemorate it from the son’s side since 2007. I miss my dad and look forward to seeing him again in the future.
Last year, I compiled a list of musings about fatherhood that expressed how I felt about some of the questions, challenges, and experiences I’ve had as the father of four children. This year, I’m adding to that list.
On another beautiful morning in southern California in the mid-1990s, I pulled the shower curtain back to turn on the water and—lo and behold—the tub basin was covered with toys of varying sizes and shapes. This wasn’t the first time our sons’ toys were left strewn across my path.Read More »
Our daughter takes the bus to school each school day. About 10 minutes after she leaves, I hear the bus drive by our home — which gives me peace of mind, knowing that she’s on her way to school.
Some days, I wouldn’t hear the bus. This was bothersome to me and caused me to worry a little. Once, it caused me to worry enough Read More »
Truth: One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I didn’t serve a full-time mission for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Motive is a pretty cool word. Its correct meaning is, “a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious.” It’s easy to assume or question the motives behind what others say, think, do, or don’t do, but it’s more important—and constructive—to examine our own motives for what we say, think, do, or don’t do.Read More »
When we lived in southern California, we couldn’t afford satellite or cable TV, so when our church’s semi-annual General Conference rolled around, we took our three sons in tow to watch the conference sessions via satellite at a local chapel.
You can imagine how difficult it was to convince Read More »