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…

To my Bekah Sue on your 18th Birthday!!

Dear Rebekah, Happy 18th Birthday!  I'm not quite sure how today happened. I can literally close my eyes and I’m in the hospital the day you were born. That day was pretty amazing. Your mom was a rock star! Your grandparents, aunts and uncles and a ton of people who loved you from your church.…

I turn 41 Today. 41 Things I hope to accomplish by the time I’m 50!

So, today is my birthday. I am 41. To be honest, last year's birthday was pretty hard. Actually, it was awful! Not that I turned 40, but because this year has been a tough year. Regardless, another year, another birthday and it has me thinking. I'll be 50 in 9 years. I have 9 years to…

It’s my wife’s Birthday!! Happy Birthday TRACIE RAITZ!!!

Today is a very special day!! Why? Because it is Tracie's Birthday!!!                 Happy Birthday!!!!! What I love about my wife... She loves Jesus! She loves her family! She puts everyone first. She's ridiculously selfless! She's unbelievably faithful. She's wise beyond her years. She's got the biggest heart…

Happy Birthday Bobby! My son is 12!!!!!!!!!

Today is Bobby's 12th Birthday.  I can't even begin to express how much I love this young man. It was about this time 12 years ago that I was heading on stage to lead worship and my wife stopped me and said it was time to head to the hospital. I'll never forget that day.…

Zach Raitz is 10 years old!

I can't believe it, but my Zach is 10 years old.  I could not be more in love and more proud of the young man Zach is becoming. Here's what I know about Zach Zach is a terribly hard worker. Whether its his homework or his chores, he likes and will get the job done…

Yesterday was a highlight of my year!

My heart is still crazy full from yesterday. It was by far one of the best days I've had this year, if not, the last couple of years. Blessed, humbled, and honored are words that come to mind. We had a fantastic morning at Thrive Church! It our was first baby dedication and we dedicated 4…

My Bekah turns 14 today!

I'm not even sure how it happened? But, there we were, at Royal Oak Beaumont and the time had come. The next thing I know, our Dr. is handing me this unbelievably beautiful baby girl. We named her Rebekah Sue Raitz. Partly because we loved the name and partly because we love the story of…