Family Update – BIG News

Whirlwind is the best word to describe these last 3-4 weeks. Never in our lives have we been more sure about where God was leading, but also overwhelmed by the enormity of the life change. In His kindness, He always provides the grace needed to walk out whatever He’s called us too.

About 4 weeks ago, Amy and I were feeling a stirring in our heart to explore relocation to Jackson, WY. After our 2018 trip, we fell in love with this area and put it on the “bucket list” for one day settling down, but to be honest, never thought it would be a reality. In May of this year when we got back to the area, we began to attend a new church plant from FreshLife.Church and were quickly impacted by the sense of community. It felt like the church was here for us, but also that we were here for the church. It was strange because we were moving on in 6 weeks to Montana to continue our Full-time RV living adventure. But, the feeling was something we just couldn’t shake. As we began to process what we were sensing and feeling, we tried to determine how a move to a place like this would even be a possibility. The truth is, it wasn’t possible. The “barriers to entry” in this area are extremely high. Nothing we could do could force this into a new reality.

But God.

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Not Alone: Our Story of Child Loss

We were honored that our friends at Home & Arrows asked Amy to share her/our journey of losing our son Ethan (our 2nd child) at 20 weeks due to a condition called Hydrops Fetalis.

So many moms, couples, and families suffer through such a tough loss alone. Whether they struggle to talk about the tragedy OR those around them (family and friends) simply don’t know how to engage and respond in a meaningful way.

We hope that as you watch this video, it will encourage you or someone you know (please share) cope, as well as understand that even in the ashes of devastation, beauty can be found.

Thank you for taking the time to engage and share this story. It’s important to us that folks know they are not alone and that there is hope for tomorrow!

Written by Andrew Pino

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5 Life Lessons My Kids Inspired

IMG_3387Today I thought I’d take a few moments and share 5 “life lessons” I’ve learned on my fatherhood journey with my own kids. They’re in no particular order, but certainly some our bigger struggles for folks than others.

So, here they are…

Live In The Moment
Sure, you need to be mature and plan for some things but that doesn’t eliminate the value of living in the moment. Another way to say it would be, Be Present. So much of the fun in life can be lost when we are worrying about what’s next, or worse, just have our face in our phones. Look up and live your moments to the fullest. We only get to do this once. Continue reading

Overcoming The Mean Parent Voice

OS02003If you are a parent, you have done it. If you have a newborn, it’s not a matter of if, but when it happens.

Your precious child will stir anger up within you and you will use the mean parent voice. I really don’t know what else to call it because it sounds different in all of us, but the overarching fact is that it flat out sounds, well…mean. Some parents are screamers and yellers. Some are sarcastic or rude. Some parents belittle and accuse or are passively mean with their tone. Some parents have great self-control most of the time, but have random moments where like volcanoes they just erupt. It may not happen often, but when it does, everything in its path gets burned.

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Raising Grateful Kids

IMG_2995“I am NOT wearing jeans! I’m never wearing pants, EVER,” she screams as she collapses onto the floor in an absolute fit. <insert disciplinary action> Dresses only, thank you very much, for both of my girls right around the 3-4 year old mark. And while I don’t mind them wearing dresses a majority of the time, it’s not practical for the everyday…at least not our everyday. Pants and jeans were purchased for a reason and we are going to wear all of the clothes that we have with a grateful attitude, I explain for the 42nd time. She lets out a scream as I say this and collapses onto the floor again, mad as can be. <insert 2nd disciplinary action> After this scene is repeated another time (oh yes she did!), I got smarter. “Sweetheart, because you chose to continue throwing fits, being disrespectful and having an ungrateful attitude about your clothes, you have now lost your dresses, nightgowns and dress up clothes through Sunday.” <insert wailing and gnashing of teeth and a profuse amount of “I’ll never do that again.”> She, of course, did lose her “dress privileges,” but, an amazing thing happened…she stopped fighting me about the pants. It’s a small win, but I’ll take it!

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