When I was growing up you couldn’t see the paint on my walls in my bedroom. Every inch of my walls were covered with posters, pictures from magazines, and even pictures from newspapers. I loved sports and you could tell the minute you stepped foot in my room.
Someone shared this video with me today, and it provided my feel good moment of the day. So, I thought I’d pass it on. I have nothing to add to the video other than saying…
I’m a Daddy!
Would you say one of the best gifts you’ve ever received is the opportunity to be a daddy? If so, please tell me in the comments section, followed by the words, “I’m a Daddy!”
On my wedding day I was given the advice, “be a man for your family.” To a 26-year-old man who was entering marriage already with a child, it sounded like profound advice. I thought, “this is what it takes, I have to be a man for my family.”
If I could just be that man for my family, then things would go well, and I’d be doing what I was suppose to be doing. But over time when life, marriage, parenting, and family become more real, I realized I had no clue.
I’m not a big fan of TV, and because of this our family functions a little different than most. First, we have one TV in our house. That’s right, one for a family of five. My wife wants to add another, but as of right now I think we are fine. Second, we do not have cable TV.
While this is not that big of a deal today, it used to be several years ago. We might be one of the pioneers in this because we’ve probably been without cable TV at least seven years. I have no plans on going back to cable, but our family does enjoy having a weekly Family Movie Night.
Have you ever gone in your bedroom with your spouse, locked the door behind you, and ignored your kids? My wife and I have, and we plan to do it more often. In fact, we believe doing so consistently is going to improve our marriage.
I recently made the decision to turn all the notifications off on my cell phone. I just reached the point where I was overwhelmed. No matter what time of day, no matter what I was doing, and no matter where I was I just kept getting interrupted.
Notifications distracted me from everything — from work, from my family, and even from myself. I learned that removing them is a great way to bless your wife and kids.
Finding quality family time is a challenge for most families. You have work, your kids’ school, your social life, and extracurricular activities for your kids that all compete. It can be hit and miss for many families.
I’ve written about one my favorite organizations, All Pro Dad, here on my blog in the past. Since I primarily write about marriage and fatherhood you can probably guess why an organization called, All Pro DAD, would be one of my favorites.
They are an organization with a vision and mission similar to mine. I love what they are doing, and any chance I get I try to share it, and come alongside to help, I do so.
I haven’t left my house since Saturday night. We have experienced one of the worst snow storms in decades. First, 10-12″ of snow came only to be followed by a few days of cold wind leaving the temperatures around -13 degrees, with wind chills making it feel -40 degrees.
I’ve gone to our front yard with my wife and kids to make a family of snow people, called the BledSNOW family — see what I did there. I’ve reached out to throw water in the air to see if it would turn to snow or ice, and leaned out to see how long it would take for a wet t-shirt to freeze. I shoveled the drive and checked the mail, once. Let’s just say there has been a lot of down time at the Bledsoe household this week. And we have yet to go crazy!