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porches + poetry | speaking kindly

When I stumbled upon this quote, it struck a chord because this is something we talk about everyday + especially so while raising two toddlers. 98 more words

Porches + Pillowfights

Raising tiny humans!

I think one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life is raise a child. There are so many things you have to take into consideration. 476 more words

The Fairie Files: Being a Village Member

I read an article that went viral several months back, about a young man who had decided to basically stock his school locker with a few different types of feminine hygiene products for his female friends.  441 more words

Philosophical Musings

Judging, Grudges, and Our Parents

Our parents.

I mean, they’re family, right? So, we have to love them…right?

I believe so.

In spite of the mistakes, in spite of our realization that holy crap, they aren’t perfect….we love  them. 544 more words


In the Image of a Father... Redux

Two years ago I wrote this piece about fathers and fatherhood, moved by the holiday to express some thoughts on the topic. As I sit here in 2018, thinking about my own father—gone now for almost 18 years—while blessedly, lovingly, still able to admire the parenting skills of the very alive man I married, I am once again moved by the role men play in the process of life’s continuation. 1,072 more words

Latest Thoughts

Tuck Us In Dad?

By Rob Pue

When my wife and I began having children, many years ago, we were advised by many people to TREASURE those times, because, as we were told, “they grow up so fast; before you know it, they will be up and out on their own.” 2,538 more words


Boundaries And The Open Door

This is my family: me and my wife and the two young ones are our next generation. This was taken about 4 years ago during one of our camping trips with Lake Huron in the background just north of Alpena, Michigan. 614 more words

Life Lessons