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Grandsons!

My son and his family arrived yesterday for a week of vacation with Nonni and Poppi.  For the next seven days we will play with our grandsons at the beach, cook and eat together, read books, go for walks, and simply enjoy time together.   The time will go all too quickly.   Thankfully we know we will see them again very soon in both New York and Wisconsin. As grandparents, our greatest desire is to be a positive influence for our grandchildren.  As they grow we want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt ...
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Happy Easter!

(WARNING: Warren has his "Pastor" hat on today!) As many of you know I was a pastor for 15 years.  I taught, counseled, married, buried, baptized, prayed,  encouraged, and helped people who were far from God draw closer to him.  I loved my job and at times really miss it.  From time to time I would be asked, "Do you really believe in all this God stuff?"  I was never offended by the question because let's be honest, I have never seen God with my eyes, I have never ...
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The Power of Saying and Hearing “I Love You.”

Last week I spent a few days in New York visiting family and catching up on some David's Refuge business.  Before leaving I hid a note for Brenda to discover.  The note was short.  It simply said, "I love you!  When you find this note email me with three reason why you still love me." Even though we have been married for almost 33 years, I felt like a school boy waiting to hear how my girlfriend was going to reply to the note I stuck in her textbook.  Two days ...
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Matt Schmidt: 1990-2016

It is hard to believe that this Friday will mark one year since my nephew Matt Schmidt died in a car accident on his way to begin training as a missionary with Youth with a Mission.  In the blink of an eye his family and friends lives were turned upside down.  The empty chair at Christmas, the birthday uncelebrated, the pictures on the walls and desk that don't change with time, and the absence of his contagious mischievous laughter remind us that Matt is no longer with us.  At times the grief ...
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How Many Children Do You Have?

"How many children do you have?"  It's a question I ask often as I meet new friends here in Florida, and it's a question that is often asked of me.  On one hand it is a very simple question to answer.  We have three boys: Christopher, David, and Daniel.  But here is where it gets difficult.  What do I say if they ask, "What are they all doing now?"  Do I say, "Well, Chris is married and has two boys, Daniel is married and finishing up his Bachelors of Arts, ...
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