I am the father of a daughter and a son, born 2000 and 2002 respectively, whom my wife and I educate at home. These are open letters, from me to the two of them.
This site arose from eight or so years of blogging during which time I have developed, shall we say, a relationship with the world of the internet. I’ve discovered a few things that I’ll mention here in passing before I weave them into a whole cloth. This internet thing is a great place to interact with ideas, and even to learn how to interact… civilly. Without the blogosphere, I don’t know how it would have ever been possible to learned the many lessons that it has taught. Blogging has also afforded me the time to analyze and think about the thoughts of those with whom I disagree; to unpack and to understand them in ways that ordinary conversation simply will not allow.
Also, the blogosphere introduced to me another completely new thing, another monster that would devour my attention and time with ever more ferocity. When I would sit down to my computer the clock would disappear. Hours would seem like minutes. Then I had an epiphany a few years ago. It happened that I was writing, perhaps even about the importance of family and fatherhood while my children were playing in the backyard just a few feet away, their lives passing by while I wrote to a world that would never read my words.
So, to pull all this together for the purpose of explaining the “About” of this blog, here are three things. First, this blog is written from my heart to my children. It is an area of teaching that I am officially ordained by God to carry out, just as he has ordained it with every Father. If you are a father I encourage you too to rise to the occasion. I am plowing my own field as I write, and there is a personal comfort I get with knowing that. Still, we live in a time of great fatherlessness, so in the meantime, if these letters admonish or bless you too, then I am likewise blessed twice.
Second, by making these public I not only welcome input, I ask for it. If there is an angle, a thought, a challenge, or any advice you’re willing to give then I am more than pleased. If it is not consistent with my theology, I won’t give you a hard time here. I have found fatherhood to be daunting. It wasn’t until I was in about waist-deep that I realized I’d never plumb the depths of it. Beware to all those who think they know too much… or even enough. I pray constantly that God would call my children to Himself, and to hinder all my efforts, however well-intentioned they may be, that interfere with that end.
But there is another reason that I request your input. It is my ultimate goal with this blog to cull my favorite and best posts a few years from now and bind them into a nice book to be given to my children individually as a gift, probably for their 18th birthday, or maybe graduation. So please feel free to call me on misspelled homophones, bad punctuation and the like. If you are still reading this, 700 plus words in, I guess what I am asking is that you do a little volunteer-editor work, if you have time and are willing. Also, with this in mind, know that I am in the habit of rereading and editing these posts, sometimes quite drastically.
So there you have it. I hope you are blessed, admonished and encouraged by reading this blog. Feel free to copy and paste anything you see here, and though a link and/or credit would be nice, it is not necessary and you have my permission to use any of it without credit.