Tuesday Tips for Parenting — Take a Break

new logoFor the past two months or so, we’ve been presenting “Tuesday Tips for Parenting”, some of which have been well-received, and others that have been simply, er, received.

We’re away from our dear kiddos as we attend this church leadership retreat, so we didn’t really have anything to say about parenting, except that is awfully nice to take a break, every now and then. Your marriage provides the water in which your parenting is accomplished — if the marriage suffers, it becomes much more difficult to parent from a balanced perspective. While we’re here, purportedly, to build relationships with other church leaders, truth be told, Kathy and I are mostly having fun with each other.

Our children are fortunate to have grandparents on both sides of the family that love them and take an active interest in their lives. Over the years, we have been thoroughly blessed by our parents’ willingness to pinch-hit for us, sometimes for days at a time. Today Kathy and I walked down the beach for more than two hours, renewing our souls and our relationship with each other, secure in the knowledge that our kids were safe and well cared-for. Thanks, Mom and Dad!

I’ve written the last couple of blog entries, as Kathy stays up late playing Cranium with the girls, or working on her BSF lesson. “Enough is enough,” I scolded her. “You need to write a blog tonight, or we’ll lose all our readers.”

Kathy was unfazed. “You write one, and then I’ll fix it for you and make it funny.” She waved her hand dismissively in the direction of the laptop.

Humph. I think she just doesn’t want to write because she knows we have no pictures to share — whenever we fail to come up with eye candy for our demanding readers, we get a lot of guff. In all honesty, I must admit that Kathy has a rare gift for tweaking my blogs to give them that extra edge of humor. If you’ve ever laughed out loud while reading one of my posts, it is likely because of her inspiration.

As I said, today we walked along the Oregon Coast, admiring the sun and the surf and some glorious rock formations (including Haystack Rock). Here’s one of the pictures we took, but can’t download (because Kathy forgot her camera cable):

Haystack Rock

And here’s one of Kathy looking pretty, about to be splashed by the surf:

Kathy and the Surf

As you can clearly see, it was a glorious change from all the rain we’ve been having, and a great day to visit the beach. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s “Works for Me Wednesday” posting, which will (I hope) be written by my lovely bride.


Oh, all right, here’s a picture. We didn’t take it, but it is pretty much what we saw today.

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9 thoughts on “Tuesday Tips for Parenting — Take a Break”

  1. Hi, are you in Oregon? We stayed at a place with Andy and family near Haystack. Or are there many under such name??

    I love that you are having time TOGETHER. YEA.

    Love to you both. (I miss the pics!!) Aunt Kate

  2. This one got me to laugh out loud! :) The first non-photo was what did it. I want to get away to that exact place! Looks incredible! Enjoy your time together!

  3. A good reminder that we were husband and wife first before we were mommy and daddy… and before that, boyfriend and girlfriend. That means we actually had interests that revolved around something else besides kids. Easy to forget that while you’re in the trenches of parenting.

    And Haystack Rock is one of my favorite places… what a beautiful place for a church retreat. Truly a place where you can marvel at God’s creativity and beauty!

  4. Glad you all had a great time at the retreat. It’s always nice to have some get away time with your honey. Can’t wait to see the pictures.

  5. I live in Oregon, and I can’t think of where Haystack Rock is,~ however it sounds like you had a great time…!!

    I for one… will be looking in your archives(sp?) for those parenting tips….
    – hummm… maybe I ought to put some of …
    my “tips” on my….blog? {note to self!}

  6. Oooo! Stunning photography… : ) See? You can do funny all by yourself! My husband and I went out together for dinner BY OURSELVES for the first time in AGES last night… and you’re right – very good for the ol’ perspective! There is just something so peaceful about an entire meal where one doesn’t have to constantly mutter… “Take another bite… Take another bite… Take another bite… Stop making finger puppets out of your banana slices…” : P

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