GodlyDads.com Live in Sandpoint

9 03 2010

If you live in the Sandpoint area your favorite blogger will be doing stand up comedy as part of the Dessert Theater Missions Fundraiser held at the Sandpoint Assemblies of God this Friday, March 12. The event starts at 7pm and the cost is $5. All proceeds go to fund various missions organizations.

Nick will be performing his brand of comedy sharing his humorous observations on kids and parenthood. Don’t miss it!!


Family Bonding

7 03 2010

Having a solid relationship with your kids when they are older begins with building a relationship with them when they are younger. There are no short cuts to bonding, you just have to put in the time and play with your kids. It’s not always easy, it’s not always fun, and you don’t always feel like doing it. I’m nowhere near perfect at it. Often my wife has to remind me that even though I’m tired when I get home from work my kids have been asking about me all day and desperately want some dad time. Of course, it’s always a little easier when your kids ask you to hit them with pillows–if only I could justify it when they are throwing fits!

Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough!

27 02 2010

Here’s my son showing some of his moves!

Local Family Slays Potty Training Giant

20 02 2010

AP News — Sandpoint, ID — There have been recent reports of a cataclysmic alignment of planets and stars over one section of the sky just north of Sandpoint, ID where it is said that one family has climbed Everest. Not literally, that would be ridiculous, but metaphorically through the potty training of their two year old daughter, Elliana.

This marks a special day for them in that they no longer have any kids in diapers as she has mastered both number one’s and number two’s in the potty. The associated press was made aware of this inspiring story when the local sheriff was called due to reports of much shouting and the smell of something burning.

Upon arriving at the house law enforcement officers discovered that this was not a domestic dispute, but rather a celebration. The shouts were not arguing but rather shouts of joy as the family celebrated this monumental occasion. There was a fire as reported but it was a properly contained fire being fueled by unused diapers.

When asked for comment amidst a shower of champaign and confetti Nick Higgins stated, “Not since David defeated Goliath or since Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France has such a feat of incredible magnitude been accomplished. Against all odds that little girl silenced the critics and overcame all doubt. This momentum is going to give her the confidence she needs as she faces forthcoming difficult seasons of life such as learning how to get her slippers on the correct feet, drinking out of a cup without spilling milk all over the place, and asking for something without crying and throwing a big fit. All the credit for this goes to my wife who persevered after several accidents. She didn’t give up, stuck with it and got the job done in just four days!! We’d like to thank our sponsors: Underoo’s, Bounty, and Tide. I feel like Jack Dawson, ‘I’m king of the world!'”

We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

Bottoms Up

17 12 2009

My daughter has entered a new phase. She no longer wants to wear a diaper, however, she doesn’t quite grasp the concept of potty training so we continue to put them on her.

Recently my wife opened the door to Elli’s bedroom to wake her up from her nap and smelled a foul odor: poop. As she surveyed the room she found that poop had been smeared all over the room by poopy wipes. As she gasped in horror she looked over and found our little angel asleep with her no longer diapered poopy-bottom sticking up in the air. Read the rest of this entry »

Follow Through

3 12 2009

In sports follow through is important. Whether you are shooting a takedown or teeing off how you finish is crucial to your result. The same is true for parenting. Recently I made a comment to my 3 year old son that he and I would go camping without the girls this summer.

“Like a date?” He asked.
“Uh, no, like a guy trip.” His homophobic father answered.

Since that moment he hasn’t stopped talking about our pending summer camping trip–or referring to it as a date.

Father/Son camping trips are some of my fondest childhood memories and gauging from his enthusiasm they will be for Judah, too. I know this is something that means a lot to him and therefore I MUST follow through on it.

It is unrealistic to say you will never let your kids down in some way here or there. However, it’s important to take advantage of those clear cut significant opportunities and follow through on them. It is equally important to learn not to make promises that you won’t be able or plan on keeping. Make promises and follow through on them.

The result just might be two points or a hole in one!

To Pee or Not to Pee…

28 11 2009

Say No to PeeI never thought I’d be at a place in my life where the word “Pee” is a logical response to the question, “What is that?” But, as I approach the end of my 27th year of life with two toddlers and a puppy that is exactly where I find myself. It’s always interesting to catch up with old friends on Facebook and see what they’re up to. Some have taken the path of starting families, some have started thriving businesses, some are balancing careers as well as families, and others are struggling just to become a functioning member of society.

As you reflect on what you thought they’d do with their lives it becomes easy to get introspective. Am I where I thought I’d be at this point in my life? In some aspects yes and others no. But, I realized something as I sat hoping that the suspected pee was on the hardwood and not the carpet again: I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. It’s been an adventure every step of the way and God is continually revealing more and more of himself through it.

What about you? Did you have aspirations to become a senator but couldn’t even get voted onto the board of your homeowner’s association? Did you want to be a pro athlete but pull muscles when playing Wii? Big deal! Stop thinking about where you are at and let God take you where he wants you to be. Pursue Jesus with everything you’ve got and you’ll find the journey of life to be much more satisfying.

Now, off to find that pee…