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Stories from the journey of fatherhood & brotherhood
What The Heck, Jesus? covid-19 psalms Apr 03, 2020

March 31, 2020. My journaled thoughts based on Psalm 13...

 
What the heck, Jesus?! Is this going to last forever?!

I’m cooked. Done. Not sure what more I can do. Raw. Really Raw. I’m all over the place in so many ways… and I hate it. And I’m alone… stinking COVID. I’ve seen the hashtag #alonetogether, and while it’s true, it’s still crappy. 

Jesus, are You able to meet me soon? I really want to be close to You… and to others. I...

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A Video Message from Chris Bruno brotherhood coronavirus fatherhood Mar 21, 2020

I never expected 2020 to take this kind of turn.

As the dominoes have fallen over the last several weeks, I've found myself sitting back and wondering, "What is this going to require of me?"

Guys, if you are anything like me, this whole Corona virus situation has taken you by surprise. None of us saw this coming, and maybe the hardest part of it is that there is no playbook, no roadmap, and no one to ask, "What should I do?" I go back and forth between powering up to regain control and...

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Lessons From Climbing A 14'er hiking mountains need Mar 19, 2020

 You need more than a pair of jeans and a long sleeve shirt to climb a fourteener.

From a young age growing up in the mountains of Colorado, I have always felt part mountain goat. I have always loved climbing everything from trees to boulders to the roofs of buildings I probably shouldn't be on top of. And I have never once injured myself! It came easy to me. 

Fast forward to high school and I found myself with a desire to achieve the physical greatness and thrill I enjoyed as a kid...

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The Shot Of A Lifetime elk fatherhood hunting Mar 10, 2020

Every day counts.  Intellectually I understand this and I’ve certainly heard it enough times.  But on this particular weekend in December 2019 it landed for me. My dad is in his 89th year of life.  For the last 10 years, the length of that life, farming for 55 years and living alone in northern Minnesota has started to catch up.  As a son, it’s painful to see the guy you know to be strong, tough, even invincible wear down.

My dad and I didn’t have a close...

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My Fathering Had To Shift change fatherhood role Mar 06, 2020

I’m 29 years older than my son. Most the time I behave like it. There have been exceptions…

He was 11 years old. I caught him doing something stupid (as I saw it) and I spanked him for it. Out of anger. His behavior was not commensurate with the discipline. I was immediately grieved for what I had done. The moment was more about me than him. I sat down with him, apologized for what I had done and made a commitment to him that I would never spank him again. I was so brokenhearted....

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Pursuit Through Creation & Pedicures creation daughters fatherhood glory Mar 01, 2020
She painted my thumbnail purple and insisted I keep it for a week. I wore it like a badge of honor.
 
We sat together on a rock next to a swift-moving stream too deep to step into but close enough to splash. Her bare feet dangled over the bank as I awkwardly tried to both keep my balance and get enough water to wash and pumice her 11 year old toes. I had no idea what I was doing, and yet she was patient with my ignorance and instructed me with through giggles and tickles. She ended up...
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Take Off Your Shoes honor kenya story Feb 23, 2020

The dirt streets were rainy and muddy, so we took our shoes off as we entered their home. 

Our team was inside one of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. A few years ago the slum held one hundred thousand people. Today it’s home to half a million. Sprawling houses were sided and roofed with tin. My sheltered and naive eyes thought they looked closer to livestock windbreaks than homes. There was no sewer system. A blue tinted waste water trickled down the muddy orange dirt roads. The slum...

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He's Having A Seizure epilepsy fathering story Jan 31, 2020

The words of my fifteen-year-old daughter pierced through our house on that crisp late fall morning, as the silence was broken with, “He’s having a seizure.”

In July of 2019, my son Ethan (13) was diagnosed with epilepsy. On a Saturday morning my wife and I came into the living room and discovered our son Ethan sitting there, leaned over on the couch, his body rigid and shaking, his eyes rolled back, and unresponsive to our frantic calls of his name. I am not sure I have...

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There's No Playbook For This heart surgery journey surprise Jan 31, 2020

I will never forget the day our journey took an unexpected turn.

It all started November 28th, 2018. I was driving from an offsite work meeting to my office. It was a meeting that I led and it had gone well, so I was feeling pretty good. I called my wife on the drive to check in with her. Earlier that morning she had a follow up appointment with a cardiologist to review an echocardiogram. The cardiologist said that she would let us know if anything serious was found prior to the...

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Dad Fail Of The Year christmas failure fatherhood Jan 31, 2020

Two Christmases ago my wife and I were searching for a good gift for my daughters who are 6 and 4. Naturally, we decided to get them a miniature pony whose appearance was more stuffed animal than horse. He was shorter than a Great Dane, had more hair than a hippie, and had a perfect name...Amigo.  

We gave Amigo to our girls on a frosty December morning that seemed straight out of a Hallmark movie (minus the part where there’s a proposal on Christmas Eve in the middle of a...

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My Father's Bench construction fatherhood parenting story Jan 24, 2020

He was often out in the barn. Our 40’ pole barn anchored an eight acre farm where dad parked his truck, organized his tools, and lived out the things he was passionate about. If that barn could talk, it would tell stories of tractors, sawdust, blood, break-ins, parties and games of kick the can under the mercury light. Growing up, this was my dad’s space. He built things there.

As I went to college, our family moved, leaving the farm, the barn and all the stories behind. My dad...

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The War Inside brotherhood story Jan 15, 2020
The war inside almost overwhelmed me. I stood facing two of my closest brothers as they created a physical barrier between me and the car door. With determination in their eyes, they stood their ground. It was clear, I would not win this battle.
 
The war was not one against sin, though my friends have valiantly fought that with me as well. No, this time, I was deep in the trenches of my own story. 
 
You see, I grew up in a home where I was given the roles of protector,...
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