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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My Marriage Is Perfect…YEAH RIGHT!

As many of you know, Amy & I have the perfect marriage. It has always been rainbows and alive with the light of a million fairies. YEAH RIGHT!

No, the truth is we’ve had a 14+ year marriage that has been all over the map. Figuratively and literally, haha. We have experienced many joys, but we have also experienced (and sometimes created) many heartbreaking, trust eroding, emotion shattering moments as well. In the midst of the highs and lows, we’ve known one thing to be true: God must be the center of our marriage. That sounds like a trite “Christianese” phrase but it is very true. If we don’t allow Him entrance into every part of us individually and as a couple, we will never walk in the freedom and calling He has for us. At least not to its fullest.

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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

The Good Fight of a Bad Farmer

15304“The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” 2 Timothy 2:6

That oddly misshapen dome-like thing near my driveway is a chicken tractor. You can’t really tell under all those zip ties and bulging chickenwire, but soon our flock will settle in there. Soon, they’ll be digging up worms, snapping at grass, and cackling with glee (at least, that’s how I see it after the cramped box they’ve been in).

But the whole thing is—to be honest—painfully bad.

My hands have grown accustomed to wireless keyboards, not wire cutters. I’m used to tapping out missives on smartphones, not mashing down seeds under anemic soil. My arms and neck still burn a bright red if I even miss one application of sunscreen.

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