Day 107: The Great Shaving Creme Fight

During the summer, the uses for the trampoline out back were endless. Not only would we use them to have bouncing sprinkler time, but we often try other diversions.


One of these will be forever etched in my memory as a highlight of my childhood. We had a shaving cream fight. My dad went to the store and bought a bulk bunch of cheap shaving cream and gave one to each of us kids. Then we got on the trampoline and let loose, covering others with as much shaving cream as possible. None of us were old enough to shave yet, so this is especially fun actually to use the stuff in a way that we had always been tempted to do.

After making a foamy mess all over the place, the cleanup was exceptionally easy. Shaving cream is so water-soluble that the only thing we had to do was hose everyone off the garden hose and spray the trampoline for a while. Then, there was barely a trace that anything ever been there.


As an extra bonus, we all smelled extra good after that.


Day 106: Knowing the Father Through the Son

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?


John 14:9

In this passage of scripture, the disciples of Jesus Christ wanted to be shown Jesus’ Father. Jesus responded that those who it seen him had seen His Father. They were that much alike, in unity of purpose.


Whether you like it or not, your children are going to be a reflection of you. They will either be a testament to the good things you taught them and the good example that you set for them, or they will be a detriment to your name. We need to be aware that this starts at a very young age. Children are by nature observant, and their brains are geared towards learning and adaptation. You’ll notice that they will start imitate the things that you do and say, not only the content, but how you say and do them.

Sometimes, I laugh but sometimes I cringe when I hear the things that come out of my five-year-old mouth that he is heard. I do everything that I can in order to make sure that my sons only have good things to copy. The good thing is that you start young, actions become habits, habits determine behavior, which in turn determine personality.

Day 105: Galaxy’s Greatest Dad


Shouldn’t it be “Galaxy’s Greatest Dad” or something?

My wife bought me this t-shirt for my last birthday, and of course I laughed a lot about it. It was also kind of sad in a way. Darth Vader could have been the world’s greatest dad if things had gone a little different. Then he turned to the Dark Side.  Even if he wore this apron, I bet no one had the guts to make fun of him.

The moral of this story is…don’t turn to the Dark Side.

Day 104: The Non-Complaint


Ask yourself, what’s the one thing that I have to do that I grumble through? We all have things we should that we wish we didn’t have to. For me, for example, for me it’s trying on clothes at the store. I don’t know why, but I can’t stand it. My method of clothes shopping “Well that looks good, and it’s the right size too. Let’s get it.”

Whatever is your equivalent is for you, your spouse probably knows about it that is used to you being uncomfortable with it. Something that I’ve tried before to surprise her is to actually take something like that to be cheerful about it, even though you may not feel like it. That way, something that is coming up that she might think might be a headache to get you to do, suddenly becomes much easier. This will brighten her day in a significant way.

Day 103: George Patton


“Cowards are those who let their timidity get the better of their manhood. You will never do that because of your bloodlines on both sides”

-George Patton to his son George III.

When and where did they live? He was born Nov 11th, 1885 in California and died Dec 21, 1945 in Germany.

What are they the father of? Why is he famous? George Patton was a U.S. General and the leader of the U.S. forces in Europe during World War II.

How many children did they have?  Did they follow in their father’s footsteps? He had only one son, George S. Patton III.  After his father’s untimely death in a car accident, George III continued a military career of his own and attained the high rank of Major General in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. This continued the long military tradition in the family as his grandfather fought in the Civil War.


Day 102: As I Set My Lips, All Lips Will Be Set


I noticed as soon as I opened the door that the fellow was surly and with a frown just as black as the one he wore, I angrily told him to go. I hadn’t the slightest intention to be as surly, uncivil and hateful is he, but that is the trick, which he played upon me.

Another chap came to my doorstep that day, a twinkle he had in his eye. With a smile on his face he began in a way that prompted a gentle reply. Though a stranger he was I was happy to be as kindly, good-natured and civil as he. But that is the trick, which he played upon me.

As fathers, our children look to us for leadership and guidance. We can set the entire tone for the family with the attitude we bring when we walk in the door. I know that it is extremely difficult some days to walk in after a long day of work and not be grumpy. Being cheerful takes energy, and being grumpy takes little. Your wife and children are, however our investment. What you give to them in terms of your attitude, you will receive in return. So next time you’re tempted to bring the gloomy attitude and your home, remember this one trick you must forget.

Day 101: TLC for Babies with Colds


With their usually fragile immune systems, infants and babies are especially susceptible picking up colds and other infections. This can be a stressful time for both the baby and parents, but there are certain measures you can take in order to relieve some of your child’s discomfort.

1. The most important thing to remember is to check the label of any medicine you administer to a young child before you give it. Giving an infant or young baby a full adult does of a medicine can be extremely harmful if not fatal.

Medicines will indicate on the label whom they are intended for and if there is a smaller recommended dose for children. Many medicines are not recommended to be given to children less than two years old, but there are often infant’s versions of the same medicine for children versions that are less potent and are safe to use with children. Still check the label to make sure. If you believe you have overdosed the child, it is a good idea to contact your local poison control center and ask them for advice.

2. When cleaning off a runny nose for an infant the soft, tender skin around the nose can becoming easily irritated. In order to avoid this, you might consider using a warm washcloth to clean off mucus or using extra soft tissues instead of the normal variety. If the area around the nose does become irritated and red, apply gentle baby lotion to the spot to provide some relief.

3. If the baby is congested, you might consider using a humidifier. These are readily available at normal stores like Walmart and Target. Fill the humidifier with water to the fill line and plug it in the baby’s room. This provides a more humid atmosphere which can be soothing and make it easier for the baby to breathe in addition. You can also use a menthol rub like Vicks vapor rub and apply it directly to the baby’s chest and neck as this will assist with easier breathing and the clearing of the nasal passages.

Most importantly, be sure to show your child an extra degree of care and love. Urge them to sleep and recover. Having a few colds or other sicknesses is normal for young children, but if something persists for a long time, be sure to consult your pediatrician.

Day 100: Summertime Sprinklers


If you need you an alternative if you can’t get to the swimming pool. It can likely be found on the side of your house. Growing up, my dad often got out the sprinkler and set it in our backyard in a central location.

He turned the water on high and we got in our swimsuits to play in the sprinkler to cool off. Most the time because it was even more fun, we placed the sprinkler underneath our trampoline. The trampoline’s holes were large enough to let the water spray through.

In many ways, it is even more fun than a swimming pool We would be able to bounce around for cooling off. We had to be careful not to let children who were too young to get on though because it was a bit slippery, though most of the older kids played there regularly without incident.

Sometimes, we even got multiple sprinklers, our sprinklers with different patterns to mix things up. It just goes to show that you don’t have to go very far and spend a lot of money to go have fun with your kids.

Day 99: Brightly Beams


Brightly beams our Father’s mercy

From his lighthouse evermore,

But to us he gives the keeping

Of the lights along the shore.

Let the lower lights be burning;

Send a gleam across the wave.

Some poor fainting, struggling seaman

You may rescue, you may save.

This is the text of a hymn I’ve always liked, because of its beautiful message. The way I look at it, there are two ways you can see the words. The first way is that our Father in Heaven is the lighthouse, the great light that points people toward the shore. We, as his children, can be the lower lights. These are the lights that are closer to the actual outline of the boundary between land and sea so the ships do not crash on their journey. Our lights are not nearly as bright as our Heavenly Father’s, but they are similar in nature and they’re both essential to guide others home from the stormy seas into the safe harbor.

On the other hand, we can also see this in our own families. As parents, we can be a lighthouse and our children the lower lights. Together, we can help and serve others as mother and father set the example and the children pitch in, in their way.

One way that we did this in my family occurred around Christmas time. We all pitched in, making homemade treats and bread and wrapping them carefully on plates. We would go to our friends, but also to those we knew we needed special boost because they were experiencing hard times. We would deliver the bread and treats and sing to them on their doorsteps, letting them know that we care for them. The entire family was united in an effort to serve others and I think that this is the best way to make it happen.