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Kevin East is the Executive Director of Family Matters. He and his wife Stephanie have five unbelievable kids, two of which they most recently adopted. If Kevin isn't busy with work or family, you'll probably find him in the woods near his house with a power tool. He writes at his blog, "Following to Lead". Connect with him on Twitter at @kevinteast.
Fostering: When the Music Fades

The other day I was on the ground cleaning up food that had been spilled...again. You know, little kid food. The kind that is all over the face, the hands, the booster, and of course the floor. As I wiped the floor, there were four separate kids in my house crying, screaming or playing, all at the same time. In that moment, the old song lyric came to mind, "when the music fades".

What Does Excellence Look Like?

[I] have the sickness. That drive to always want to make something better. One of the most satisfying feelings I experience does not come with a, "job well done". It is when something is done with excellence.

What Every Child Should Hear from His Parents

A few weeks ago I was speaking to a group of high school students at my house. In the middle of my time with them, my wife and kids got back home, so I went through each one of them to introduce them to the students.

Why Is Resting So Difficult?

Life is tiring. Everyone's job has those areas that energize, but also the areas that drain. Family life can be great, but constantly trying to love, serve, discipline and encourage is non-stop. Friends are needed and often such a source of support, but sometimes stress cracks in those relationships turn them into yet another source of frustration.

How You Can Finish Reading the Bible in a Year

I can't count on two hands how many times I have set out to read through the Bible from beginning to end, yet somewhere in the first few weeks, I got sidetracked.

Our Staff Rarely Leave

Any organization that has great staff wants to hold on to them. We are no different. However, at some point, many of our staff sense God calling them to a new place. What then, are we to do?

Why Fostering Is Better Than a Fad

A while back our phone rang at midnight. It was Child Protective Services calling to let us know that three kids had been rescued from a horrible family scenario. We were given the option to receive the 11 month old girl into our home. For the first time, we found ourselves staring into the pain-filled eyes of a very confused and hurt little child.

My Top 10 Christmas Songs

Some people love animals. Others love the arts. Not me. My heart goes out to Christmas – in general. When it comes to Christmas music, I consider myself a connoisseur.

Penn State's Lesson to All Leaders

In our culture, words like priest, pastor, youth worker and coach are conjuring up feelings of doubt and mistrust. And with each of these passing stories, I can understand why.

How to Read a Book in an Hour

A friend said he'd have to drop out of seminary because he couldn't handle the reading load. That's when another friend came through with some fantastic advice...

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