‘The Crazy Teenage Year’s’ with Rebekah and Jason Raitz.

This was a highlight for me! I am someone who absolutely loves being a dad. And, I have the honor of being the dad to 5 pretty amazing kids. Rebekah Raitz is an almost high school graduate, who in my opinion, has leadership gifts off the chart. We do our best to have an conversation…

Parents…4 Ways to have an incredible school year with your family

Another school year is starting! It's just crazy how fast the summer flies by! But, here we are and instead of just letting the school year start, I thought about putting together a plan for my family. You see, I want this to be our best school year yet for our 11th, 9th, 7th and…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Parents of teens…Yes, YOU Should be checking their phones

I love being a dad. I love being a parent. I really believe its one of the greatest gifts God has given me. My family is my life. Some days I think I'm doing pretty good as a dad. Other days, I think I'm not not doing all that good. Regardless of how I feel…

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…

School starts tomorrow and this is what I just prayed for my kids…

I just tucked in my 4 kids.  I started with Madie, then I moved to the boys and then I went downstairs and tucked in Bekah. Tomorrow is the first day of school for the Raitz kids. And, we will have all 4 kids in school! This is a first!  We have an 8th grader,…