This site was formerly called Single Family Asylum, and was were I would post my silly stories. I have converted it, as my life has been converted, to be more of a thoughts and experiences journal about my time working for, and visiting the Children of eSwatini.


When I first met my wife, Cynthia . . . thirty-some years ago. . . she told me her dream was to become a doctor and go to Africa to help children. Wanting her to be my girlfriend, I’m sure I feigned interest in her plan, but I didn’t really put much stock into it ever happening.

I won her over as my girlfriend, and eventually my wife. Cynthia never became a doctor but did get her nursing degree. Along came kids, careers and a crappy house, Africa seemed to be a long-gone fantasy.

Then, out of the blue, we began attending a church that had available a bi-annual mission trip to eSwatini, Africa (formerly Swaziland). Cynthia jumped at the chance to go, and I was happy that her dream would, at least in some small part, become a reality.

Upon returning, the founders and directors of the non-profit through whom the mission trip was arranged, contacted Cynthia and informed her that they were stepping down and due to her passion, they had selected her to take over as Executive Director ofย Compassionate Life. . . . ughhhh, this wasn’t supposed to happen. . . . now what?

In 2016 Cynthia accepted the position. . . . meaning, I accepted it as well. This blog are my thoughts and experiences as the husband to a director of a non-profit organization that takes up all of our time, has no salary, and brings us both much joy!

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  1. Why thank you very much! Looks like this nomination involves a little work on my part also. Kind of like hot potato, only when the potato gets passed to you, it turns into a lot of potatoes. . . . I will begin work on my finding some blogs to nominate, and I thank you for nominating mine!!!!!

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    • Unfortunately yes, lots of work! Like the saying goes…nothing in life is free! Pretty fun getting the opportunity to showcase some of your favorite blogs though…choosing yours was easy. Especially as a soon to be mother reading your blog makes me both excited and nervous. Haha. -Sam

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    • I don’t think there is much that is all that offensive. I was just trying to head off those who don’t recognize it as humor and feel the need to point out the “correct” way to act as a father and husband, which is not what this blog is about. It’s about silliness. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  2. My name is Katherine Hope and I am the Founder/Editor in Chief of Life and the Single Parent Magazine and President of You Will Survive Foundation. We are at our one year anniversary and we are looking for more writers to share their experiences with other single parent families. This year Life and the Single Parent Magazine will be in the stores starting in our South Florida Region. This is on a volunteer basis for now, but will eventually grow into financial stability. If you are interested, I can be reached at y.w.s@live.com. Also you can check out our website at http://www.lifeandthesingleparent.com.


  3. Good Morning,

    As a mother with two teenage daughters, I commonly find myself referencing the information on Single Family Asylum . I wanted to give you a quick shout and let you know that I appreciate all of the great information and tools you have provided me to acting as a responsible parent to my children. I shared your website link with my group of Moms on my facebook page, who I know will find value in your site.

    I wanted to also share a resource with you that helps parents overcome the often overlooked and avoided initiation of coversation regarding texting and driving. I came across this information last week, and used some of the information to talk to my two daughters, Chloe and Stephanie. The page has a ton of great information on approaches to take, and was extremely easy to read. Heres where I found it: scottgottlieblaw.com/talk-to-teens-about-distracted-driving

    I wanted to see if you could take a look, and see what you thought. Could you let me know? Maybe this is something you could also share with your audience?

    Thank you,

    Donna Fitzgerald


  4. Oh geez, you’ve got a million awards already…… but I’m still nominating you for yet another! If have the time, details at my site… have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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