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You’re pregnant. That’ll cost you. Here are 8 tips to prepare financially.

I was recently asked for some thoughts on “how to prepare for a baby financially”. I thought some of you internet people might be able to use this information; so, I turned my thoughts into a blog post. Here you go:

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Religion

4 Steps to Jump Start Your Spiritual Life

This past Sunday I had the opportunity to preach at a local church. I love it when these opportunities come along. Tip: if ever you lack the motivation to pray/study your Bible, commit to preaching one Sunday. Works for me every time. Here’s my sermon “4 Steps to Jump Start Your Spiritual Life” in blog format:

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Parenting

2010 – A Year in Review

2010 was a crazy year for the Wood Family. Here are a few highlights. I’ve left out tons of great times with friends, family, etc. because it seems like too much typing. To get an idea of a typical 2010 day in our house, view this post. I’m mainly writing this for my own reference so that 2010 won’t be forgotten. In related news, this post may be a bit boring…unless of course you are a stalker…then, this post will probably be amazing for you.

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Parenting

“Daddy, there’s a flower in my nose.”

My wife left town for a few days to visit some friends in the far away land of Austin, TX. I stayed behind to man the fortress with our 6 kids (ages 6, 4, 4, 2, 2, and 1 at the time) (that’s right). Saturday night we go through the normal bedtime routine: read Bible stories, say prayers, get tucked into bed. Approximately thirty minutes post-routine I hear one of my 4y/o daughters crying. I go into her room to check on her.

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Parenting

The Nap Time Experiment

So, nap times can sometimes be painful. Forcing a kid to take a nap for the sake of a cranky-free evening can be a taxing debacle. Punishing my child when he gets out of bed works; but, I hate doing it. So, a few Sundays ago I thought I’d experiment with a different parenting theory: rather than punish him, I’d gently place him back in bed every time he got up. It would be a bit of a hassle, but all I’d be missing out on was bits and pieces of the Cowboys’ inevitable failure. I was curious…how many times would it take? Here’s the answer: #1. Into bed he goes. (Yes, he is using a Ms. Piggy/Muppet Band pillow case ala 1983. Yes, he is using his sister’s comforter. Yes, he is fully clothed-shoes and all-the kid loves to wear his shoes. Stop judging me and enjoy the experiment.) “Good night. Stay in bed.” I exit the room and listen for the sounds of the inevitable escape. 

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