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4.3.2017 ~ I’m Writing Again

I’m writing again.  I haven’t ever really stopped, I just don’t post a lot on here, and I go long periods without ever typing anything into the computer.  A lot of my writing is strictly done in my head.  Doesn’t pay the bills, but provides an interesting narrative and ongoing dialogue through out the day.

Lately, I’ve been working on the book I started over 10 years ago. I haven’t really looked at what I had typed or felt led to finish the book the last five years, but am closer to getting this book done.  Just need to shore up my confidence, finish a couple of chapters, finish editing, raise/earn some money, and self-publish this thing.  I honestly had forgotten how much of the book I had completed until a week ago when I printed off every document under the “NTWGD” file folder.  I’ve enjoyed reading the thoughts that poured out of me many years ago, and am hopeful others will enjoy reading my thoughts as well.  Here’s to hoping and trusting I remain diligent in my pursuit!

In the mean time, my new goal is to post pertinent thoughts on here once or twice a week, and to use Facebook and Twitter to encourage parents and their off spring.

I had a revelation of sorts yesterday as I was considering why something was bothering me so much.  In the process of praying through and discerning why I was feeling what I was feeling I realized that it was because I value family time so much and don’t like it when other things or people threaten my time with my family.

A couple of days ago I wrote about the trip I took this past Saturday to Boise with my boys, while Heidi was out of town.  At the training Heidi was at she was sharing about how our boys talk to us and like spending time with us, and many of the other people seemed shocked that teenage and one preteen-age son would still like to hang out with their parents.  They called it good parenting, and Heidi told them what I often remind people is that we really don’t have any idea what we are doing.  We just like spending time with our sons, (spending time with them is one of the reasons we had them), and are thankful they enjoy spending time with us as well.

There are things in the world in which we live wanting to distract us from spending quality time with our families, and I’m here to encourage you to not let those things distract you.  Set family time as a priority, set standards you won’t sway from, and keep spending time together as a family.  I’m convinced the more we do this the better off our children will be, our families will be, our communities will be, our nations will be, and our world will be.  Let’s all do our part by spending time together as families.

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I have been spending time reading Jon Acuff lately.  Last year I read his book Quitter, and I am currently half-way through Start.  The themes and ideas in these books are helpful to me as I work through some recurring themes and ideas in my mind.  Donald Miller’s website www.creatingyourlifeplan.com has been extremely helpful as well, giving me some direction as to the story (stories) I am supposed to share with the world.

In Quitter Acuff suggests, “90 percent perfect and shared with the world always changes more lives than 100 percent perfect and stuck in your head.”  In Start his words, “Just start.” jumped out of the Kindle page at me as I consider those stuck in my head ideas of mine needing to be shared with the world.  This is why I am here.

This is why I am starting to write again.  Years ago, I found I had an interest in writing, but over the years I have not pursued this interest with the greatest of intensity.  This website is a challenge for me to work on this craft to see if writing is something I want to pursue with passion on any level.  If nothing else I think the creative outlet in an area of interest will be nice and since I always write with an audience in mind I figure the option for others to read might as well be there.

The majority of this website’s content will be related to parenting.  Many years ago, probably eleven, I had an idea to write a book about fatherhood called I Am Not the World’s Greatest Dad.  The idea behind the title drives the idea behind this website and eventually (hopefully) the book, website, and other ideas will all tie together.  I’m still working on purpose, goals, and intent, but I figure those things are in the 10% and they will work themselves out as I begin again to write.  (In case you are wondering the book idea is very much alive, as most of the chapters sit finished in rough draft form.)

My plan is to post 6 days a week, taking a break on Sundays.  Content will revolve around matters related to parenting, marriage, and family.  Thank you for being with me as I start this journey, hopefully something you read will benefit you, although there are no guarantees.