All posts from early childhood until I join the Marine Corps.

12. Reborn

Reborn Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11 I skipped wrestling the next year, instead I tried track and leaned out after I got better at running. Though I beat every personal record with each JV 100-meter hurdle race, I didn’t continue the following year. During this …

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10. Briefcase

Briefcase Turn to me and be gracious, for I am lonely and afflicted. Psalm 25:16 Although Austin struggled with porn too and spent many hours with videogames he had other struggles. He accompanied the mostly young, dejected masses who felt displaced in the nineties, finding refuge in the dreary dirges of that era. Bands like …

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8. Alive

Alive   Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.  Proverbs 18:1   Austin and I wandered through an emotional desert for many years. Much of this time was a blur. We were caught in an odd mix. We preferred our home in Sammamish but stored animosity towards mom …

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7. Root

Root The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the …

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5. New Man

New Man Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her… ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭ Two weeks became one month. One month became three months. Three months became six months. Austin and I were losing hope. We would see dad every now and then, but it was inconsistent. His frustration …

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3. Dreams

Dreams Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Colossians 3:21 Dad’s eruption didn’t come out of nowhere. The pressure leading up to it accumulated over many years. Though he was never diagnosed, his parents suspected he had ADHD. He was the first of four children, his siblings Peggy, Steve and Jenny, all …

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