Why this Sunday means so much to me…Thrive’s 5 Year Anniversary!

This Sunday is Thrive's 5 year anniversary! ONLY GOD! No, really, ONLY GOD!  It's hard to even explain how much this day means to me! I mean, it's another Sunday in our 361 Sunday's of our Church, right? Wrong!  Thrive's story and our families journey in that story has been nothing but easy. It's actually…

I’m 43 today.

I'm 43 today. A few years ago, my wife (Tracie) started a great family tradition. My brother built us this cool chalk board and Tracie texts family and friends and asks for positive words to describe the birthday person. It's super fun and super honoring. I'm 43 today. A few years ago I wrote THIS blog…

How to Not Give up Life. An honest conversation…

Tonight I did a Facebook Live Webinar called... How to not give up on life. The topic is a little uncharacteristically deeper for me. I'm kind of known for my humor, but lately, this topic has just been on my heart! So, I hope you will listen. I hope you will add to the comments…

How to not give up on life. An honest conversation on facebook…tonight.

Have you ever wanted to give up? Have you ever been so tired that you decided that you would stop trying? Have you ever decided that life wasn't worth it? Have you ever decided to just coast on life? Have you ever let your past stop you from moving forward or trying? ME TOO!! I…

My 2nd VLOG ‘The BEST Trip EVER’ is up!

I had the BEST trip ever with Madison! We traveled to Newark, NJ and ended up in Mount Bethel, PA and I spoke for a bunch of Churches from Long Island, NY. Plus...I throw in a few tips on how to make trips memorable for your kids! Thanks for subscribing! Head HERE and push subscribe!…

Maybe our parenting approach is all wrong?!? Parenting and the Church pt. 1

My wife and I have 5 kids. We have 3 teenagers (17, 15, 13) and a 9 and 3.5 year old. Parenting is an important part of our lives. One of the most important. And, for the past 22 years, I have had the privilege to serve families in local churches and have had a…

The Gift of Sheila = Unbelievable Generosity that rocks your life!

The Raitz family has been so blessed over the years. And, when I say blessed, I don't mean...'oh, we're so happy', kind of blessed.' I mean the kind of blessed where your life, where your family, where your everyday life is so rocked and so moved and so blown away, you just don't know how…

Can 7 Sunday’s really be all that important? The next 7 at Thrive are just that…

  Sunday is coming! I am extremely EXCITED about this Sunday! Why? It's Thrive's last Sunday at the theater! I have been praying for this day for over 2 years and I can't wait! Don't get me wrong, I will miss the theater! I am sad! But, I am more EXCITED and EXPECTANT and EAGER…

A Beautiful Post by my wife about Winona’s Death, Moving Forward and the miracle of Kai’s Adoption.

Today is a bittersweet day for me. A year ago we were plowing through the adoption paperwork and checklists to bring Winona Mae home. We had a crib, stroller and had just bought paint for her room and had planned to paint over the weekend! Things were moving forward and we couldn't wait to hold…

Happy 3rd Birthday Kai David Raitz!!!!

Today is Kai's 3rd Birthday!! Happy Birthday Kai David Raitz!!!!! If the adoption process was lightening fast, we could have had him almost another year, but it's not that fast.  But, we will not take for granted that Kai is now a Raitz and its so much fun to celebrate his birthday today! I can't…