Who We Are:
We are the Randleman family. Jeff, Heather, and six wonderful kids: Hannah, Lydia, Titus, Jadon, Abigail and Jude. (Insert your large family comment here… I’ve probably already heard it.) I am the lead minister at Cabool Christian Church, in Cabool, Missouri.
My Passion And Interests:
I’ve always desired to be the best dad I can be for my children. But recently, this has become a major part of my life. As a minister, one of the biggest problems I see in our culture is a lack of fathers who desire to be great dads. I believe that fathers need to step up and accept the calling from God to be the best dad that they can be. This is a critical measure if we are are to pass the baton on to the next generation successfully. That’s why I’ve created this website. As I find excellent tools and resources that enable me to be a better dad, I want to share them with you.
One of my hobbies is landscape and nature photography. Connected to that, I love being outdoors. I love to hike, bike, kayak, camp… I love being outside with a camera and a piece of beef jerky, usually Jack Links. A camping trip, a hike, even an evening in a nearby park provides excellent opportunities to spend time with my kids.
Another hobby is geocaching. My older kids really enjoy getting out and discovering a geocache or two with me. The time spent with them is priceless!
Another interest is reading. I love to read. I read anything that sparks a passing interest in my mind. Favorite topics include Parenting, Creation, American History, and Leadership. As I find resources that I find helpful in the area of dadhood, I will be posting reviews here. If it helps me, it may be beneficial to you as well.
I also love to collect and examine coins. Right now, my favorites are Jefferson nickels and Franklin half dollars, although I collect much more. You can learn a lot of our history by examining coins. This is a fairly recent interest that has become quite a main hobby of mine. I can sit and examine coinage for hours, simply enjoying the detail, the history, and for me, the particular tone/hue/color a coin develops as it ages. I especially love the way the Roosevelt dimes tone.
As I was considering my abilities and skills as a father, I discovered that there is a huge gap in the blogging world in this area. Sure, there are some great resources out there, but many of them do not reflect a godly view of parenting. And most dad blogs are simply a way to post events and activities for that blogger’s family.
Seeing the need was one thing. But it took a bit of effort for God to convince me that he was calling me to build this. I’m still not convinced that I am the best person for this job. I know my failings as a father all too well. However, I am convinced that God expects me to do my best as a dad. And if my experiences can help other dads, then I will keep writing.
I hope you find it helpful.
If you have any questions, or would like to contribute to Deliberate Dads, feel free to contact me. I would love to partner with other dads who are as passionate about being the dad that God called them to be as I am.