Anyone who has had children for more than a day knows parenting is about as easy as swimming the backstroke across the Atlantic Ocean. Rewarding, yes. Enjoyable, yes. Enlightening, yes. Challenging, for sure. Easy? No way. Parenting can be difficult, and painful, but sometimes love stops us right in our tracks overwhelms us. Sometimes life just turns over and spills out joy.
>>Russell is having a bad hair day. Patrick’s latest hamster has disappeared. Lauren is wearing her most outlandish dress-up clothes and is out visiting elderly neighbor ladies. Donovan has wiggled a loose front tooth all week and now it’s finally under his pillow. Zachary yearns to go camping alone with his father, but has to put up with the whole family going along instead. There is no syrup for the Saturday-morning pancakes. Laundry is piling up everywhere.
Meet Zachary, Russell, Donovan, Patrick, and Lauren, the lively brood of Thom and Lisa Hunter. As the head of this energetic household, Thom often feels like an air traffic controller at a major airport. But as he determinedly guides his children in the way they should go, he is surprised to find himself learning from them. And each day has new lessons to teach and new blessings to bestow.
With gentle humor and delightful storytelling skill, Thom Hunter explores the joys and trials of Christian parenting through real-life tales from the front lines. Poignant, bittersweet, and often profound, these episodes will elicit chuckles from parents who have “been there,” as well as provide comfort and encouragement for those just embarking on their parenting journey.
>>THOM HUNTER is an author and blogger who lives in Norman, Oklahoma with his wife, Lisa. Now that his children are grown, he continues to write and has expanded his outlook to more serious issues that affect the modern family. His work can be found at www.thom-signsofastruggle.blogspot.com.