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A Quick Parent Thought…

Today is a big day in the Puentes house. My son will be graduating high school today!

TP Grad pics

It doesn’t seem that long ago when my oldest daughter graduated high school, and now she is turning twenty-one years old later this year.

In a phrase that my wife uses sometimes, “Oh my word!”

Time sure does fly when your having fun.

Isn’t this true with most things? Before we know it, the things we felt were permanent, slip away and dissipate—it’s a thing of beauty and a curse.

I ramble, but in all honesty so many things in this world are temporal.

Even our relationships with our kids to some extent.

These, these relationships don’t have to be!

Make every effort to show grace and love to your kids before they move out—love your neighbor to Jesus. All of us are made in the image of God.

“Let this be your wish: That whether in life or in death God may be glorified in you.” — Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

Photo Credit: Pixabay

I have this set route that I take when I walk to the office in the morning (Occasionally, I add some diversity to my route for zombie apocalypse reasons…).

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Before you read the next paragraph and freakout, just know I still love Jesus and I love His kingdom and His church…

A little transparency never hurt anyone… Right…

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Photo Credit: Charlie Foster, Unsplash

Photo Credit: Charlie Foster, Unsplash


“The simpler you make things, the richer the experience becomes.” – Steve House (Alpinist/Mountain Guide)

I wonder why so many times I make things so complicated, especially relationships. Don’t get me wrong, I know there is nothing simplistic about people and relationships. That’s not the point I’m trying to make. What I’m thinking about is my response to the complexity in relationships. Continue Reading…

Look Beyond The Surface

joepuentes —  September 3, 2013 — Leave a comment
Photo Credit: Nicholas Swanson, Unsplash

Photo Credit: Nicholas Swanson, Unsplash

Today when you interact with someone, whether its new person or an old acquaintance; look beyond the surface. Don’t make snap judgements on what use they can be to you or you to them.

Be the person that isn’t looking to use someone. Take the time to get to know them, look beyond the surface. Continue Reading…

Yep, this is me…

joepuentes —  July 19, 2013 — 8 Comments
My mom and me. Maybe 1979 or 1980.

My mom and me. Maybe 1979 or 1980.

Yep, this is me…

Yep, this is me… I complain about sensitive people, but really I am just as sensitive.
Yep, this is me… I hate having pictures taking of me, because I hate seeing how fat I am.
Yep, this is me… I really want to be healthy, but I can’t wait to have the new Twinkies (It’s a go: Operation Twinkie-gluttony with secret agent Elle).

Yep, this is me… I struggle being comfortable with who I really am with God, others, and myself.
Yep, this is me… I think I’m a really awkward/nerdy person, and don’t really know how to have one on one conversations.

Yep, this is me… I love laughing and having a good time, but I struggle with enjoying the moment.
Yep, this is me… I still am trying to figure out who I am, and I’m 40 years old.
Yep, this is me… I struggle with getting older, even though I told myself I never would.
Yep, this is me… I am pissed off that some people think being 40 and older makes you unmarketable and unemployable.

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So it happened. Someone is living the dream I want to live, and now I am jealous. I overheard a conversation the other day where someone said their daughter and son-in-law is buying a 5th wheel trailer and hitting the open road; living, working, schooling, playing, parenting, and exploring life without the constraints that typical young families are bound by, all in a 5th wheel trailer on the open road. Mmm hmm, that sounds like the life for me…

Picture this: A young couple and their little niños exploring national parks, seeing new cities, discovering open country, being able to visit family and friends when they want to or NOT want to, and living in different spots throughout the United States… I don’t know the reason why this family is doing this, but I know why I want to do it.

The thought of not being shackled by what is deemed the American dream seems so freeing to me… No, it seems so simplistic and minimalist, and so refreshing in every way imaginable. Continue Reading…