Fatherhood: It’s Only the Beginning

She is here. Little Hope Marie Nikkel came right on her due date on October 12th. I can’t believe that it actually happened and that I’m a father and that my wife is a mother. Well, I always knew she’d be a great mother but I’ve just been doing what comes natural. I love her…

It’s COMING!

There have been clear signs that baby girl Nikkel is almost upon us. I have all my sub plans figured out. Everything is ready to go with school and the paperwork is all wrapped up. We’ve had a shower and we’ve made quite a few purchases which I’m sure won’t be our final purchases for…

Media in the Hands of a Distracted Child

So there’s this problem that I have. It’s one of those problems that you have that you don’t see until someone points it out. Scripture tells us that its like a man looking at his own reflection then forgetting what he looks like. I would say that’s pretty accurate. Every since I was a kid,…

Millennials-My Generation???

There was a topic brought up in church last week that caught my interest. This generation that is coming into it’s own which I claim as my own. I was only ten years old when 2000 hit but I think I relate more to the millennials than I do to the current generation of youth.…

IT’S A GIRL!

Yup, it’s a girl. Oh boy…it’s a girl. Not sure what to do with that. Honestly, I suppose I’m disappointed just because all fathers want a son to play sports with and teach life lessons to. Girls are…..HARD! Really, really hard! They are complicated and hard to understand and they have a lot of emotions.…

Becoming a Father

Well, here it is. One of the most talked about topics of people my age. I’m finally becoming a father. A Father! I can’t believe a little person is going to be completely dependent on me and my wife. Whoever heard of such a thing? It wasn’t that long ago that I became independent myself.…

While we were still sinners

Being an English teacher, you understand points of view better than others on occasion. The lesson of empathy really hits home whenever I read a new piece. I put myself in new positions because that’s what you are trained to do in college with literature. Someone pointed this out to me the other day. It…