Happy Birthday to the most influential man in my life…my dad.

Happy Birthday Dad! Simply put...he's my hero. He's spent his entire life sacrificing for others. Put his dreams on hold and put his family first. My dad's faith is amazing. His knowledge of scripture is unreal. His wisdom is off the charts. He loves Jesus with his entire heart. My dad's love for his family is…

What I love about my Dad

I'm blessed. I have an incredible Dad. In fact, I have an incredible Mom as well. Yes, I'm blessed.  Here's the deal, I try very hard to not take this giant blessing for granted. I have quite a few friends who are not close to their parents as all. But, my dad has always been there…

The sweetest text from my dad about Winona

Last week I received literally hundreds of texts, emails, cards, messages and calls from all the over the world about the news that Winona (the baby we were working towards adopting) had passed away in China. They all meant the world! Every single one.  Here's one that I'll cherish forever and its from my dad…

A special trip to CA with just my Bobby

I will NEVER forget the day that Robert Jason Raitz was born! It was a total surprise that he was a boy! We already had Bekah and I was absolutely convinced we were going to have all girls.  Then, the day came. I was about to lead worship at church and my wife (Tracie) came…

A morning with my Zach

A typical Saturday morning for me goes like this...I get up around 6am, I head to Celebration Cinemas in Mt Pleasant and I take a prayer walk around the theater. Then, I head to the office and I finish preparing for Sunday at Thrive. I'm there as long as it takes me and then I head…

4 Ways to make your daddy/daughter dates great

Yesterday I posted a bunch of reasons to take your daughters on daddy/daughter dates. Today, I thought I would give 4 super easy ways to make your daddy/daughter dates great! 4 Ways 1. Put the date on the calendar and let nothing else trump it. NOTHING! 2. Spend a few days asking your daughter what…

Dads…4 Reasons to take your daughters on dates (ok, 10!)

I love my girls. If you ever visit my Facebook page or hang out with my family, it will probably become very apparent that I love my kids. I have two boys and two girls. I adore all 4 of them. Being a dad is the best! I'm trying to be very intentional  about taking…

What I want for Father’s Day

Father's Day is tomorrow.  Don't even get me started about how quick time is flying by! But, anyways, it's tomorrow. I am excited for a bunch of reasons: 1. I love my dad. He's the best. A great dad, a great man and I can't wait to tell him. 2. I love being a dad.…

Parenting 101…Don’t miss the small moments

In my 14 years of being a dad, here is the one thing that I try to remind myself of all the time... Don't miss the small moments. I have missed my fair share of big and small moments over the years. Big and Small.  It's probably one of my biggest regrets in life. Far…

I played catch with Bob last night…and it was awesome!

This may not seem like its that big of a deal.  I mean, in the almost 12 years Bob's been on planet earth, he and I have played catch literally hundreds, if not thousands of times. But, for the last 6 months, we haven't played catch at all. Not once.  After Bob decided to bow…