Category Archives: family life

Best Father’s Day Ever

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This year, on Father’s Day, I thought I’d reflect back on the most important Father’s Day I ever had. It happened in 2008. I still carry the lessons from that Father’s Day with me. And to all the Dads out …

A Farewell to South Carolina

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Waves I am standing in the not-exactly-warm April Atlantic. My daughter grasps my hand and says “Up, Daddy!” with urgency and glee when the waves come in too big. I watch As my son braves on into waves that swell …

Conversation with My Kids about Fractions

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Alison This is my friend, Alison. To say she was my former co-worker is to minimize what we went through together. Every single day for two years, we worked to build a youth group where kids could encounter and become …

Conversation with Jaelle: Feb 2014

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NOTE: This is a picture my daughter painted for her school’s art show. She told me, “It’s a beautiful picture of some hills and pretty blue sky” adding, quickly, that “it’s not as pretty as God’s painting. That’s the actual …

To all sleep-deprived parents

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Perhaps the most difficult aspect of parenting (for me) is the chronic sleep deprivation. I’d like to remind you that sleep deprivation is an actual tactic of human torture, used to break the spirits of prisoners. So, to help all …

Did I Over-react by Calling 911?

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A Running Diary of the Events that Comprise the Second-Most Scared I’ve Ever Been In My Life The street view of Frost Elementary, where my children attend. Let’s Start At The End Let me begin this story by telling you …

School Pictures

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Look Your Best This morning, my kids had their school photos taken. You know, that annual rite of passage where a second-rate photographer gouges parents to the tune of $40 per kid to have a mediocre 5×7 and wallets they …

Actual Conversation at the Tieche Household

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NOTE TO READER: The following is an actual transcript of an actual conversation that I had with my two children (ages 5 and 8) at dinner tonight. JUSTUS: Can I have whipped cream in my chocolate milk? ME: Give me …

10 Years of Marriage.

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WARNING: The following video is entirely sappy. I don’t care. Mainly because, sappy or not, it happens to be true. The sweetest days I’ve found, I’ve found with Traci Nicole Kozma Tieche. NOTE: Make sure and change the quality to …

The Cutest Flower Girl and Ring Bearer. Ever.

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At the end of July, our favorite uncle, Kurt is getting married and they (smartly) asked our children to be in their wedding. Jaelle, like Lebron, is reaching the peak of her powers this summer. And Justus might be the …