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14 JulThe Day They Fired Mom

My mom grew up on a hog farm in Iowa. She was the third of three daughters born five years apart. Her father—picture the farmer in the painting “American Gothic”—must have grunted in disappointment at the birth of each child because he needed boys to help run his farm. Being an innovative man Grandpa learned […]

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30 JunRaising Virtuous Children

“Is it possible to raise healthy, engaged children who are sexually pure in today’s world?” I want my children to grow up virtuous. This means I want them to be honest (even when no one is looking), responsible, kind, intelligent, courageous, and sexually pure.  In this blog post I will be concentrating on sexual purity […]

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23 JunSexy, the New Beautiful?

I am a man who is attracted to women. It’s a fact. I admit it. All day, every day I am aware of the female forms around me. I may be driving down Main street and see someone walking on the sidewalk. Without even thinking I become aware if the figure is feminine or not. […]

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16 JunThoughts On Being “Dad”

I am the father of eight children. By today’s standards that is a lot. When people hear how many children I have they often ask me how I do it. That isn’t an easy question to answer. What I don’t tell them is I don’t know how I do it. I didn’t plan on having […]

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11 JunOld Fashioned Family

I just read an article about a family of five having a difficulty making do on their combined $110,000 a year. They were doing fine before they had their twins, but now they are on the financial edge. This made me grin a little. I support a family of seven on a fraction of what […]

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02 JunFamily–A “Moving” Experience

The other day my oldest son moved from a house where they were house-sitting into student housing on BYU campus.  It occurred to me that they might need some help. At 8:30 on a Thursday morning I showed up with my wife and four of my children. My daughter-in-law was well organized and had most […]

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19 MayThe Annual Fathers and Sons Campout

The other night was the annual father’s and son’s campout for our ward. The fathers and sons campout is a vestige of the “manly” days of yore. Back then fathers didn’t spend so much time with their sons. Fathers were too busy doing the manly business of providing for their families to spend much time […]

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27 AprReading As a Family Activity

There are a million amazing things in this world (maybe more), but one of the most amazing things in my book is reading (pun intended). Think of it—little lines, squiggles, and dots on a paper turn into meanings and images that change destinies and the world. People have been led to despair and suicide by […]

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15 AprIt’s Official; I’m a Crood

In the past few weeks I have become aware of a horrible theme in the news. High school girls have gotten drunk and then been raped by high school boys they go to school with. The twist of the knife comes when pictures and videos of these girls during the attack are posted around the […]

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17 MarChaos Theory in the Family

I’ve already raised three boys to adulthood. Two of them are married. A third is in college. I must have had plenty of experiences raising those boys, but it seems so long ago. My fourth son is coming of age now and it seems I am learning about raising sons all over again. My fourth […]

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