18 August

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes… Wondering if this brings back childhood memories for some of you? Similar to songs like the Hokey Pokey, you’re not really sure why you ever sang it, but that tune can automatically pop up in your mind the moment someone mentions the title. Perhaps even the hand […]

13 August

Pick A Freshman

Pick A Freshman

At this time of year, there are lots of send-offs. For some, you watched your child walk down a school hallway for the first time. The backpack looked like it could cause your sweet thing to topple over. You can’t believe kindergarten is here. For others, you sent your adult child off to another country […]

14 July

6000 Days – Part 3

6000 Days – Part 3

On Saturday night, Annika, Chris and I found ourselves staring down an airport corridor, anxiously waiting to see Mark after two weeks away from home. For the second year in a row, Mark traveled to a student leadership camp. Our house had been so much quieter than usual that we were all ready for the […]

9 July

6000 Days – Part 2

6000 Days – Part 2

Raising children is such an incredible adventure. Throughout my journey, I’ve been grateful for the friendships I’ve had with women who are a step or two ahead of me raising their children. Today, as I continue from Tuesday’s post, I hope this will serve as a helpful perspective. If you’re earlier in your parenting, you […]

7 July

6000 Days – Part 1

6000 Days – Part 1

At Highpoint, we use the term 7000 days to help remind us to be intentional in our parenting. If we consider the typical crib to college time span, we only have 7000 days where our children are under our roof. As both of our children hover around the last 1000 days, I find myself wanting […]

14 May

Parenting from two different planets

Parenting from two different planets

If you could measure how much freedom Chris had in his home as a teenager, I had the equivalent amount of limitations. The parenting styles in each of our homes were as different as chocolate and vanilla. I remember having a conversation with a counselor about a decade ago. As we were casually talking, he […]

12 May

Round Two

Round Two

Just this past January, we released our firstborn son with a driver’s license and a car to use under our direction. I’ve barely adjusted to being a driver again after so many months in the passenger seat… yet by the end of this month, I’ll begin the cycle again. This time, our youngest will get […]

7 May

Don’t you chop my daughter like that!

Don’t you chop my daughter like that!

“Don’t you chop my daughter like that!” were the words I heard shouted by a mother of the opposing team at my daughter’s recent lacrosse game. I was a little startled by the comment. Don’t worry – there were no knives involved. It’s a term in reference to a move in lacrosse. Nonetheless, it was not […]

30 April

You can do less

You can do less

Not long after becoming a Christian, I became aware of the most famous, nameless Christian woman. She is the standard. She is the one who either inspires us to keep striving, or makes us cringe from a sense of inadequacy. I had her “name” imprinted on my bible years ago. No pressure. She’s the one […]

21 April

How long will it take?

How long will it take?

Are there things you’ve been trying to fix for years? Have you been begging God to remove a fear you battle? … or replace an unhealthy thought? … heal a gaping hole in your heart? Are you worn out from trying to talk sense into that family member or friend? Have you been praying for […]