We have an awesome friend named Steve. He is one of our favorite people. His beautiful wife, Andrea, is wonderful – & all 3 of their now adult children survived us as youth pastors. If I were to create a youth ministry hall of fame – these people would have a huge display. They were so supportive & I’m honored to call them my friends. 

Steve is a heating and AC expert. He’s our go-to guy when we need help with our aging AC unit. When he was here this week working, the boys were playing out back. They were enjoying the sun and some otter pops. They kept chattin’ him up and offered him an otter pop. I kept telling them to leave him alone, but it was precious and Steve is far too kind. 

Before Steve left, Levi made him a drawing and both boys gave him hugs. Then it hit me: our kids love who WE love.

My sister-in-love, Amanda, does this very well. She talks up the entire family in front of her kids – especially those of us who live hundreds of miles away. When we roll into town, her kids practically throw a ticker tape parade. 

Our kids will love who we love. 

And they’ll also dislike who we dislike. Hate is learned. 

Let’s be intentional about teaching love.


Textbook extrovert. If there’s a stage, Jenny wants to be on it; whether it’s singing in church, doing stand-up comedy or acting. She has recently joined a cult called LuLaRoe. Her husband, David, is deeply concerned. Jenny and David, a pastor, are recently celebrating eighteen years of marriage. After years of infertility, they became adoptive parents of two year old twin boys in 2014. They’ve never been happier or more exhausted. Every day is an adventure. Jenny blogs at thefivestages.wordpress.com and has a regular feature in Tualatin Life newspaper called Everyday Heroes to celebrate those serving our community. She and her husband started a clothing line based on their story and you can check it out at bottlecapbadge.com. There’s nothing we can’t do with a little bit of love and a whole lot of caffeine.

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