2016: New year, new lessons

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As we made out way out the door this morning for our Sunday trip to church, I began to get stressed out about my kids leaving messes all over the house, not being able to find my car keys, my son whining about his older sister hitting him, while my youngest poured water all over the floor.  At that very moment, I just wanted to walk out of the house and roundhouse kick my mailbox down the block, but I tried to keep my cool.

My wife and I talked a few days ago, and she put things into perspective.  I sometimes expect too much of my kids, treating them like they’re older and not realizing I’m dealing with an 11 year old, a 5 year old and a 1 year old.  Kids are kids, and guess what? They’re going to act like kids…

I had to take a few steps back and breathe.

This past year had its shares of ups and down, but for the most part, was full of great experiences and memorable journeys. From taking my wife on a memorable trip to Athens and Santorini, to making memories with our kids in our new favorite family vacation spot: The Blue Ridge Mountains.

This year, I vowed to continue growing that relationship with my wife and kids, to continue figuring out what makes the kid’s minds tick and challenge them to be better.  What greater way to get to know your kids than to go through the challenges with them?  Have them learn something new, and allow them to teach me, giving them a sense of pride and accomplishment, while my reward is simple: a smile and a smarter kid.

I’m sure 2016 will bring its own challenges, and although nobody can ever be fully prepared to take on anything, unless your last name is Norris, VanDamme or Segal, I’m ready for the challenge.  I’ve got some big plans in the works, and I fully intend to share it all online.  From DIY home improvements, getting the kids into investing (with minimal whining), continuing my search for the perfect Western North Carolina family getaway home, and growing physically, mentally and spiritually with my family.

I wish all of you reading this a healthy and prosperous 2016!


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