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Trombone Arms…really?!?

I grew up in a house jammed with music. Or drums, anyway. My dad was a drummer, so these instruments were part of the living room furniture, and a part of me. In fourth grade it was finally time to join the band. My classmates and I lined up to select our weapons of choice. “But you have good, long arms – perfect for playing the trombone!” This was the best sales pitch the music teacher could muster, after informing me that too many kids had already signed up to play the drums. … [Read more...]

5 Reasons To Go On A Mission Trip With Your Family

Early this month, our family traveled to Guatemala to serve the orphans and widows in and around the village of Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Deciding to go in the first place was a pretty significant leap of faith. As a father and husband, did I think we would be safe in a strange land removed from many of the luxuries we currently enjoy?  Did I really want to spend my vacation time working instead of relaxing somewhere?  How were we going to come up with the money necessary to make this … [Read more...]

Dads with Daughters: Do You Know This?

Here’s a guest post from a great writer and e-friend, Joana Hyatt. She is an author and speaker who focuses on dating, and relationship issues - she's one of my favorites! If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ============================== Standing in line at a coffee shop the other day, I couldn't help but overhear the phone conversation of the man behind me. He was clearly upset and at the end of his patience when he blurted … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get Stuff Done

Here’s a guest post from writer, Rachel Thomas who writes about kids and family issues over on her web site www.babysitting.net . If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ========================== I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have fun and waste time then actually get things done. There is just something so intimidating about starting a new project or cleaning up that last mess. However if you never get … [Read more...]

The Story of Three Vases

Here’s a guest post from writer, Lynn Mosher who writes unique devotionals over on her blog http://lynnmosher.com/. If you’d like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: “God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain.” ~unknown “Here comes a prospective customer,” whispered the cut-glass vase to the porcelain vase. “She’ll pick me. I’m the prettiest and I can tell she likes the best of everything,” the … [Read more...]

Cheering Your Kids Without Spoiling Them

Below is a guest post from a great writer Melanie Hargrave. Melanie  is a wife and homemaker from Idaho whose pride and joy is her family. She is her daughters' number one fan, always ready at a moment's notice to grab her foam fingers and spirit shakers and cheer on her girls. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves being outdoors, playing sports, and sharing her experiences with others. If you'd like to submit a guest post for The Daily Retort, check out the … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Beat the Honey Do List

Here's a guest post from a great writer, Marie Ortiz, who's a part-time staff writer for www.DIYMother.org and a full time social media manager. She is a mother to two beautiful girls and enjoys teaching them and watching them grow. She loves to share her findings along the way. If you'd like to write a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines here: ======================== My husband and I have been married for ten years and together, we made and raised two … [Read more...]

How to Enjoy the Company of Your Spouse

This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter or at his blog. If you'd like to submit a guest post for The Daily Retort check out the submission guidelines HERE. ============================= One of the best choices I made in my life was to marry my wife, Pam. She's been by my side ever since we … [Read more...]

Why We Need More Pinky Promises

Here’s a guest post from a talented writer and graphic designer, Maria Cowell. Check out her site HERE or follow her on Twitter: @HipMamaMedia. If you’d like to submit a guest post for The Daily ReTORt, check out the guidelines HERE. ============================= Some places are more free-wheeling than others. I live in Southern California, the epicenter of the laid-back lifestyle. Seriously, dressing up for a wedding here means wearing the flip-flops with rhinestones instead … [Read more...]