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About three weeks ago we took some of our students from Two Cities Church to the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. It was “Christian Fellowship Night” and “My Job Depends in Ag Night.”

During the game I was taking a lot of video on my Go Pro Hero 6 Black. Some kids took notice and eventually came up to us and excitedly asked, “Are you guys YouTubers?”

Josiah thought it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Here are some highlights…

Your local public park can be a great source of adventure. Most people take their kids and sit on a bench while their kids play. They (we… I’m guilty too) use the time to catch up on email or Facebook. But what if we helped their imagination bloom? What if we became part of their games? What if we participated with them? We’re making these YouTube videos to encourage people to play together and Go Do Something. Life is actually pretty amazing and my kids are growing up fast, so I’m trying to be more proactive in enjoying each day with them. Sometimes it’s little and simple and sometimes it’ll be bigger, but it’s something.

What kinds of things do you do with your kids to create memories together?

 

 

Future Musician

August 8, 2013 — Leave a comment

Tonight Brynn was introduced to a keyboard. I was immediately impressed with her precision. She may be a future musician.

Brynn just had her first birthday party. I can’t believe she’s one already. We had about 30 people over and she was showered with tons of gifts. But she’s taken to a specific set of princess figures and she plays with them in the strangest way. She pretends they’re soccer balls.

[Don’t see the video? Click here to watch.]

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013 — Leave a comment

One of the great things about being a parent is that you get to discover each holiday in a new way again. And Valentine’s Day is no exception. Hope you enjoy this little impromptu photo shoot with our kids…

[photo gallery above]

Family Photos

December 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

A couple of weeks ago we took some family pictures. It was a quick and great experience. The Photo Credit goes to Katie Nisbett Photography. Josiah is 3 and Brynn is 6-months in these pictures. Enjoy.

Baby Laughs

October 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

Baby Laughs are the best. This is my son, entertaining my daughter. They already have a bond. They sometimes hold hands too.

If you’re not smiling after that…
you need to watch it again and again until you do.
Enjoy life.
Take a breather.
Spend time with family.
Don’t worry so much.

Matthew 6:25-34
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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

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Following up from yesterday’s post about vision… I’ve been thinking about having a vision for my kids. I have one son, Josiah, and one daughter, Brynn. Josiah turns 3 tomorrow and Brynn turns 4 months in one week. There’s a fine line between planning your kids life, to having a vision for their life. One involves specifics of their occupation and interests while the other is a much more general thing. I’ve heard someone say, “my goal for my kids is to raise them to love God and be productive citizens.” So if you think of it in a general since, I’ve got a big vision for my kids.

Every night before bed there’s a routine in my house with my son and if I don’t do the routine correctly, he has a hard time going to sleep. The biggest parts of the routine are:

Time together reading books, Prayer together and telling him some Secrets.

The secrets I tell him aren’t really secrets at all, but a vision for his life. Every single night he hears me say:

God made you.
God loves you.
And Jesus wants to be your friend forever.
Love the Lord your God, with all your heart, mind, soul and strength…
With everything you’ve got.
Love others like you love yourself.
Take care of the widows and the orphans and those who can’t take care of themselves.
Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.
I love you Josiah and I can’t wait to see the man that you grow up to be. 

It’s important to be that I establish some intentional things into our life together, some teachable moments. This morning I intentionally took time away from working on Two Cities Church, the church we’re planting, to spend a little time with him. I think I’m going to build that into the rhythm of our lives, a regular time for just the two of us, where I can expand on those secrets, while we do something together. Josiah really enjoys throwing rocks, and knowing that I decided to take him there so that he could throw rocks and we could spend time together. He loved it and I got to speak some things into his life and pray with him. I loved it.

As Brynn grows older I’ll have to discover what those things are that she likes, that we can bond over. But I intend on doing the same things with her, 1-on-1.

What kinds of things do you intentionally do to build the values and character in your kids that you have a vision for?
Do you lack a vision for your kids and family?
What can you do today to change the quality and direction of your family’s life? 

Meet my baby daughter, Brynn Kelly Foster.
She was born 05.25.12 @ 7:10pm. She weight 8 lbs and 1 oz and 20 inches long.

She’s pretty amazing.

The hardest thing about the last 30 hours, is that I was sent home from the hospital because I came down with the flu.

So that means, I had to leave my wife in labor at the hospital and miss my daughter’s birth. It’s the worst feeling in the world to not be there for your family.

Thank you to Paige, my mother-in-law, for being Erica’s coach.
Thank you to Jenn Haugen, for watching Josiah.
Thank you to Paul Haugen, for taking care of me.

I hope to meet her in person later today.