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Instinct and adrenaline are powerful things. Especially when it comes to emergency situations. Dad saves. Women lifting cars off of their children. Men leaping out of multistoried buildings to avoid vague questions from their wives about clothes and fatness. When your “spidey sense” is tingling and you have raw power coursing through your veins, there is nothing that can stop…

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“You can eat from the trash as long as your school work is done!” The spring air has forced our windows open lately. The gentle breezes move through our house ushering in the scent of fresh nature and new beginnings. This air movement also carries voices from inside of the house to our sidewalk and beyond. And last week, if you…

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I take pride in the fact that my girls have good imaginations. Nola(7) and Violet(5) don’t need a giant room full of toys to entertain themselves, not that they would be opposed to such an arrangement. When we send them outside they take toys and such, but often they will pilfer our suburban habitat for their imaginative purposes. Branches, rocks,…

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Char and I had a little fun with April Fools’ Day last year. I scared my daughter Nola by hiding in a tent the kids had put up in the dining room a few days prior. By then it was invisible. I sat in it for about twenty minutes while she ate breakfast and let her guard down. Then boom! All of sudden she was inches…

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I gave my 9-month-old Remy a uniform last week during my stay-at-home time. I didn’t really think about it, it just happened. Charity’s job was pulling her in early so I was the one that got Remy up to feed and change his diaper in the mornings. The Wednesday night before my first stay-at-home day Charity put him in the…

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Currently my stay-at-home days are all back-to-back, smack dab in the middle of the week. Towards the tail end of that stretch I find that taking care of four children really loses much of whatever luster the week had started with. The shine and nobility of the task is slowly tarnished with every diaper change, every fight mediation, every drenched…

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I was recently part of a “man panel” for a MOPS meeting (Mothers Of Preschoolers) at my church. It is an international organization where moms come together and…um…I really don’t know what they do. All I know is that every once in a while they get a few dads together, call us a “man panel”, put us on stage, ask us…

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I was getting a headcount of all four of our kids, preparing to take the “stay-at-home” reigns, when Charity stepped out the door on her way to work and casually said over her shoulder, “Oh yeah, Remy just ate the last of the baby food. Not sure what you are going to do for lunch. Bye.” The door closed. When…

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**Introducing Tidbit Tuesday. A single-serving story found in the trenches of stay-at-home dading, appearing every other week. Due to job changes I’m now watching our four children for half of the time. This is looking like fertile riffing ground. Let’s begin. Keeping a house clean is a continuous job. Especially when it’s packed with tons of tiny people that hold me responsible for…

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