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May 27 2013

Memorial Day

Published by under Empty Nest,Family

I am finally settling down from a busy Memorial morning, lots of friends coming over and  Tami and I have been running around being busy. Forgetting that it has only been a few years since our son Aaron was in Iraq for a Memorial Day. It is easy to forget what that felt like because he is home, healthy and has just given us our first grandchild. Busyness makes that possible. If I can get busy enough, the day becomes a blur and passes without any conscious thought of what our country has set this day aside for. I promised myself when Aaron was gone for that year in Iraq that I never would do that again. This day is an opportunity for an entire nation to silently give thanks to the countless millions of young men and women who selflessly gave of themselves at a time in life when the rest of us were selfishly pursuing our heart’s desires. Today I will have a privilege that so many other parents will not have, to hug my son and tell him how much I appreciate his sacrifice for not only me, but for an entire nation. I will not take that lightly.  Many parents today will be eating across from an empty chair. It is a sobering thought not knowing where your child is and even worse to know that he is in a war zone and in potential harm’s way. Our prayer before dinner tonight will be a simple one, to thank God for our soldiers.

Blessings on this day to you and yours.

God’s Peace be with you,

Jeff and Son

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Jan 14 2009

WELCOME: “Teenagers: God’s Revenge on Mankind”

Hello all!  Welcome to the inaugural (I just looked up “inaugural” and I’m astonished to see that it means just what I intended! Namely: “serving to set in motion”) post of my new blog, Teenagers: God’s Revenge on Mankind.  Anyone who has seen my act knows that I pursue the lighter (and heavier) side of being married with teenagers. It’s true that I’ve been quoted as saying that I believe God created teenagers to punish us so we would know what it felt like to have someone created in our own image that denied our existence.

The purpose of this blog is to explore issues related to being married, raising children, even wandering around in the “empty nest” – that state of grace that many dread, only to come to appreciate, or long for, only to come to dread.

However, I’d like this to be different from my normal gigs – the ones where I do all the talking and you do all the laughing.  I’d like this to be more of a dialogue – a community conversation.  My hope is that we’ll all learn something, and have fun in the process.

Are you in?

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