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And we all fall down…

A reintroduction…

For those of you curious as to what has been going on, things have been crazy in this household. It has been a period of five months now, and the family continues to work through a very complex recovery process. So, here’s the beginning to how I was injured, what resulted from the injury, and how we are pushing forward… back towards greatness.

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26 July 2015:

Much progress has been made with my team during this week’s training exercise. Everyone recieved some good training; several of the young leaders received some much needed mentorship; and we got to shoot the hell out of some machine guns—we were on fire and overall pleased with the outcome. It’s time to head home for an early birthday celebration, our boys are turning 8 and 11 this week!

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Happy early birthday, brudders! All they’ve wanted since we’ve moved here was a trampoline. (It took way too long to assemble and couldn’t be enjoyed that evening.)

The following morning at home, I was feeling great. I remember planning out the day in my head: do some yard-work, get some good breakfast, work on some fitness, and take the family out somewhere nice. Mission accomplished! That is, until the fitness part. Continue reading

Vindicated

When I thought about how I was going to share this story, I ran into a sort of dilemma. I wanted to make sure I used the most appropriate word to describe what my son had experienced, what he had accomplished, and how he was feeling. I have always had issues with writing, and have had to put constant effort in being able to express what I was thinking in my head. I know now, that it will take several words to capture this great moment in my son’s life. Really, it was a great moment for all of us. We thank you for stopping bye, and hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Establishing your family’s identity

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Without establishing your family’s identity, you deny yourself a platform for which to base your life decisions. This especially applies to your children.

How can you hold them accountable for things you haven’t taught them about?

Is it realistic to think that you can teach them everything?

How do we influence what they do when we’re not around?

Teaching your children about identity, and what it means to be them, gives them a path to follow – a left and right limit.

Check out Episode 2 of The Warrior Family Podcast to hear more on the topic.


 

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No Excuses for Fitness

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Hey everyone, things have been going really well here at The Warrior Family. We have had a lot of new followers join us recently, and have  recently added a newsletter sign up to the website. Make sure you click on the tab above and sign up to receive updates on posts, offers like merchandise giveaways, and exclusive content for our subscribers.

What’s your excuse?

For the past month, we have been extremely busy here. We just made a trip to Texas to baptize one of my nephews, we are in the middle of relocating to the Washington, DC area, and have taken three new additions to The Warrior Family. Colin, Kenneth, and Isabel Parker have been in our lives for over seven years now. They made the trip down to Georgia to spend time with us before the move, and boy, have we been busy!

Everyday it’s something new, and this is exactly how I wanted it. You see, the Parker kids are from a small town called Murphy, NC. Since it’s summer time, and soccer season is over, they haven’t been as active as they were during the school year. Thankfully, their mom was willing to let us have them for these two weeks, and we have already had so much fun. That being said, we have not stopped keeping our fitness in check. We have made sure they are eating healthy, playing sports EVERY DAY, and have even taken them to an awesome obstacle course we have here in Fort Benning known as the Downing Mile.

The kids just loved running around in the woods, jumping over the obstacles, and climbing across the horizontal ladder. So, we recorded it so that we can share it with you.

The moral of the story is this: no matter how much fun you’re having, you should never make excuses for your health. We have had the best time here, yet we make it a point to do physically taxing activities daily. The Parkers are getting indoctrinated into our values- getting strong, getting smart, so that we can help people – all while making memories which will last for a lifetime.

So, what’s your excuse? Trust me, it’s not good enough. No matter what, get out there, make your families fitness a priority, and get some!

Here’s the video. We hope you enjoy!


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Progress

Hello everyone! Before we begin, we’d like to thank all of our new followers on Instagram. In case you didn’t know, we now have an Instagram account, and you can find us as @thewarriorfam.

Also, this is post that will likely cause a lot of mixed emotions. This is not a rant! This is more like an initial call to arms. I’m tired of seeing so many young hopefuls settling for mediocrity…we need to do better. Pass this on to your friends, share it with your parents. Let’s get the word out…let’s make progress!


Having recently visited our hometown of Houston, I feel there is a subject that needs some discussing. Now, this topic is applicable to pretty much everyone who reads this, but in this particular case, is geared towards anyone whose family has immigrated into the United States. The topic is progress, and how many of us are failing at achieving it.

I spent the past week having this discussion with several of my closest family members.

So, a little background about what brings this up…

My family is from a little country in Central America called El Salvador. If you know anything about its history, you will know that it is overwhelmed with poverty, corruption, and a failed government. Much of this is the result of a bloody civil war which took place in the 80’s, which in turn, led to my family making the long trip north to eventually settle in the United States.

Let’s put things into perspective…

Members of my family would travel by bus, foot, train, mule, whatever means possible; through several countries stretching a distance of thousands of miles; all to settle in a crowded apartment complex with several other immigrants – some of which were granted limited permissions, or asylum due to the conditions of war in the country of El Salvador. Now, having to live in these conditions, they would acquire some type of job. This could be anything: construction, janitorial work, dangerous forms of manual labor, all for a pay well below minimum wage. These individuals would collect money, send it back to their home country, all to fund the transport of their remaining family members.

Once stateside, due to a no-nonsense attitude, strict dedication, and a desire for progress, members of my family were able to land decent paying jobs. They would manage their money, invest it in homes, open up businesses, and raise a generation of young El Salvadorian/Americans who’d have unlimited potential.

But the strides that they made to get me to that point are those of GIANTS!

Now, this is where I find the issue. If we look back at the hardships that our fathers, mothers, and even grandmothers endured to provide us with the simplest of conveniences in life, we could say that the journey was long, and that they had achieved a lifetime of success. Well, where is the flame being carried now?

When I look around the city of Houston, and other cities like it, I see a generation of young men and women who have had an extraordinary example set before them, but choose not to follow in those footsteps. My parents didn’t care much about my grades in school, whether or not I had the best paying job; they were satisfied in knowing that we had a home, that I was able to attend school (the majority of my aunts and uncles never finished any academic program in its entirety), and that we had food on the table every day. But the strides that they made to get me to that point are those of GIANTS!

When my older brother described his journey, he said he would be on his hands and knees from complete exhaustion. He was a young boy. My grandmother did the same journey with her daughter, her grandson, and her youngest son (both were so young they had to be carried). This story is not as unique as it may sound. Many a family in the United States has roots of a few extraordinary individuals who sacrificed an entire lifestyle abroad, to live the simplest of lifestyles in the greatest nation on our planet.

If we as the next generation do not make the same effort to progress as our parents did, we are bringing shame to their sacrifices, to all of their losses they endured on their journey, and even more, those who lost their lives making that same trip.

If you don’t know, ask! How did your families get to where they are? You may be surprised to learn that though they seem to come from humble beginnings, the journey which brought them to where they are is hardly anything short of amazing.

Teach those who follow you that better is always possible! Mediocrity is a plague!

Bring honor to your family; bring honor to yourselves! Match or surpass their efforts, increase the intensity, and carry the torch so that you can light a bright path which future generations can follow, and come to achieve greatness.

Teach those who follow you that better is always possible! Mediocrity is a plaque! Especially when a person comes from a family so rich in influence, so rich in wisdom, and only lack in having ever been told that they too can become something great.

If you have younger siblings, reach out to them. I know some who will read this post have similar stories – share them. Show them that they have the ability to achieve greatness, just like those before them.

Make the effort, do your part. Fight to make your family better.
Fight on Friends! – The Warrior Family


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Outside Influence when raising a family: Why you should stand your ground

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Outside Influences

What I want to cover today is how we should deal with outside influences when it comes to raising your children, or just running your family. Yes, I say running your family for a very good reason, and I’ll cover that later.

The bottom line is this, no one starts off being a parent as an expert! You can read as many books as you want, attend as many classes, or workgroups, but the fact of the matter is, YOU JUST DON’T KNOW! Becoming a parent is easily one of the most exciting, yet fearful things that you will ever experience in your life. This fear, however, is a more healthy type of fear – the fear of failure.

So, the typical reaction for someone who is new, and about to start a family of their own is to go around asking others how exactly they should go about this new adventure (most times others insist on giving the advice any way). There is nothing wrong with this. Everyone should make some type of effort to prepare themselves for the unknowns of parenthood. However, it is important to understand that you, your family, and the way you go about raising them will never be perfect — and that isperfect! If you stress yourself out because your kid may be too loud at a restaurant, or you’re having trouble helping your kids understand fractions (…I hated fractions…), GOOD! This stress will, or shouldforce you to react and make a change.

The key component to all of this is that you need to buckle down, and decide what it is that you want your family to be – what will be your families identity. The reason this is so important is because it will provide you with a foundation for you to operate on. Let me give you all some tips on how we go about this: Continue reading

Life’s Mountains : Capitalizing on Achievements to Instill Life Habits

As parents all we want is for our kids to be successful, yet we often don’t spend enough time teaching them how  exactly to achieve this success. With our busy work schedules, dirty houses, crying babies, dirty laundry, and piles of bills to pay, it’s easy for us to miss out on several key opportunities to teach our kids some very important life lessons on how they can become successful.

Since time for parents is often limited, special emphasis should be placed on the quality of the time spent with our kids. Not only what we are physically doing during that time, but the lessons that we teach them during that time as well. One thing that I learned early on in life is that when the time is right, you strike without warning – trust your gut! This is the mentality that led me to marrying my wife of over 10 years! So, I’d like to share with you all an opportunity I capitalized on to teach my son about how to achieve continued success. Continue reading