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At Winter Jam I made some new friends..... Bob and Larry! I also scored some cool points with my kids and you can do the same by checking out the VeggieTales' Thanksgiving Sale!

Since this month is National Adoption Month, I wanted to showcase some SOS listeners that have experienced adoption first hand. I would like to introduce you to the Souza family. 

Thankful?

As we enter the season of thanks, I have to ask myself, am I truly thankful? Sure, I mean God's done some amazing things in my life. I have six kids and an amazing wife. Life is pretty good. Then I was challenged by a quote a Pastor posted on Twitter.........

                         "What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?"

Veterans Day is coming up Friday November 11th and Applebee's want's to show their appreciation. On Veterans Day, Veterans and those currently serving will be able to eat a free meal at participating Applebee's restaurants. For all the details click here!

 

 

 

 

 

( Photo by Paul A. Valentine )

Daddy's in charge...... Brownies for Breakfast!

From Place to Place Being a Foster Parent has been quite the ride over the past 5 years.  Last night I had the opportunity to attend a screening of a documentary on the Foster Care System. This film is not, I repeat not family friendly ( language and other items not suitable for those under 18 ) but it is real.

This film gives a first person look at what it would be like to age out of the foster care system. Can you imagine not having any family? Not having a place to call home? Turning 18 and being told you have two weeks to find your own place? This is a reality for some of the over 30,000 kids that age out every year. 

Mat Kearney providing a little in-flight entertainment!

In September my oldest child was 6, fast forward a month and now our oldest foster child is now 15. That's right, 6 to teenager in just a couple days. After the shock passed, I started seeking advice on parenting a teen. Your responses from Facebook, Twitter and Email have been helpful and humorous:

1. Pray harder!? Don't always assume they are up to something bad.- Shannon

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We raised five teenage daughters! PRAY HARDER!!!- Larry

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Listen! Keep open communication. Don't be quick to react to what they say. Literally bite your lip if you need to!- Debbie

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A Wedding Proposal

Judge not; the thoughts of his mind And of his heart you can not see; What to your eyes looks like a stain, In God's pure light may only be A scar, brought from some battle... where we would only faint and give up.
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