Daddy Diary

The Kingdom Of God Is Like…

by jpserrano on February 18, 2014 · 0 comments

…a group of women from our home congregation, all cancer survivors, who take a photo to support my wife in her fight with cancer.  

This is truly the Kingdom here and now.

This is one of the most beautiful photos I’ve seen.  These women are the salt of the earth.



My wife is a school teacher and for the summer she took our three children to spend some time with the grandparents.  She was gone for 4 weeks. I slept in, came home to silence, watched whatever TV show I wanted, ate whatever I wanted, came and went as I pleased.  It was wonderful.  The house was clean….let me say that again THE HOUSE WAS CLEAN FOR 4 WEEKS.  

For the first 2 weeks life was grand.  But, I started to miss them.  

I realized I wanted to prepare myself for their arrival so it wasn’t a big culture shock.  I put together this handy guide to help me re-adjust to the family life.

How to prepare for the family’s return.

6 Days Before: Take all the pillows in the house and carefully put them down the center of the bed.  This will re-create your wife and cats sleeping position and remind you how to contort your body in bed.

5 days before:  Take 4 legos throw them into every room in the house and once a day walk through the house with your eyes closed.  This will retrain the way you walked nimbly when the kids were home.

4 days before: Ask some someone to call you at 6:30am for the next 4 days and whisper, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy can I watch TV?” This will help you be less cranky on the first morning after their return.

3 days before: Play the same song over and over again, the song should have some kind of question. This will get you used to the never ending questions and reminders of what they did when they were away.

2 days before: Create a mess in every room of the house.  This will help you remember the chaos and disorder that seems to spring up from nowhere.

1 day before:  Hire someone to knock on the bathroom door every 30 sec every time you enter it.  This will help you remember what it’s like living with children under 9 yrs old, no longer can you be in a room be yourself in silence.

The day of their return:  …wait anxiously for your family.  Meet them for dinner on the road just so you can see them sooner =).

Life is back to normal.  I actually sleep better in those contorted positions. I think of the legos as a course for training me how to tread lightly. I realize that the day should begin before lunch.  Their questions and stories are actually pretty great. The mess…still working on that.

I am glad they’re home.



Putting the Puzzle Together

On fridays I stay at home with my youngest son who is 2 years old.   He’s pretty activity.  On this day he migrated from reading books to making me food in the play kitchen to assembling a puzzle.  In fact, he worked on that puzzle for a while.  At first, I didn’t want to […]

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Daddy Diary: My child must learn…

Caedmon (my 7 year old) has a friend over and wanted to show off a bit for her.  She thought she was being funny by going to the bathroom sink, wetting her hand, and flicking me with water. It was funny, but she must learn! So, I found the two water bottles that we use […]

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Daddy Diary (Ambush Edition)

With three children in the house, I’ve given up hope that I will ever take a shower alone again.  I have resigned myself to the fact that children will be coming in and out of the bathroom as I complete my necessary morning routine.  But, there is one place I insist on my own space. […]

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Daddy Diary (A Mother Daughter Conversation)

My family was sitting around the dinner table for dinner tonight.  Our two sons and I were eating, my wife was preparing our daughter’s second helping of pasta with butter and parmesan cheese.  Just as my wife finished putting on the cheese the following conversation took place. Daughter:  You ruined my life mommy! Mommy: Huh? […]

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Daddy Diary (My Nit Picking Wife)

There are many methods that one can use to get rid of lice; my family chose the harsh medicine, bagging, and nit picking route. I am pretty sure that one can only appreciate the true meaning behind the idiom “nit picking” after having a child plagued by lice. For those uninitiated to the “my child […]

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The Prodigal Mommy Returns

Daddy Diary Day 4: Every year my wife Jessica goes away on retreat with her friends.  Her particular mode of retreat is scrap-booking.  It’s a time for her to be away from the kids, sleep-in, see old friends, get a massage (yes they hire a professional masseuse to come and massage the girls), basically its […]

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Testing Reflexes

Daddy Diary Day 3: (Wife On Retreat) Day 2 did not get a diary because I was overwhelmed with the smell of dirty diapers, children longing for attention, and my own desperation for a drink. I had so much to do when the kids went to bed that I sat down had cookies and milk […]

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A Normal Day

Daddy Diary Day 1: (Wife is on retreat) Today I was feeling like super dad. I drove alone with the kids for three hours from Paso Robles, fed them, napped with them, unpacked the car, went to the grocery store, fed them dinner, and bathed them. All without incident, until I decided to take a […]

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Suprised At Dinner

Toward the end of dinner Caedmon, my 7 year old daughter, expressed how full she was.  She gasped sweetly, “I shouldn’t have eaten the last bite.”  Being the good father I am, I went to grab her plate to put in the sink–this is a treat for her because usually she has to clear her […]

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On Remembering

When times are tough it’s difficult for me to remember the blessings I’ve received.  Sometimes I get so caught up in the here and now that I simply get tunnel vision.   With stress, I tend to get focused in on what is causing that stress ignoring the bigger picture of my life.  It could […]

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