Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Test run of my new mobile blogging app. How often will I use this? Dunno, do you really think I can get all of my thoughts out in 160 characters or less?! LOL

Monday, November 29, 2010

Standing in the Gap!

I think the older I get the more I realize that I have issues. I know shocking right?! I do prefer however to refer to them as opportunities. They are opportunities for me to overcome them and be a better me. I also realize that no matter how independent I think I am, there are certain ‘gaps’ in my life that I just can’t bridge alone. There are gaps in my personality, gaps in my energy, gaps in my thinking, and gaps in my emotions. But I am also extremely blessed that I have a few people in my life that I know I can count on to stand in those gaps for me. If you have that one, two, or maybe three people in your life that you can call on any time in any situation and they will support you, shore you up, and do whatever it takes to help you bridge that gap, you know exactly what I am talking about.

In my experience, having that in your life is pretty rare. I think/hope that I am a ‘gap stander’ for some of the people in my life. I am so thankful for those people who stand in the gap for me!

Sunday, November 28, 2010


It was really short but I am so very thankful for the time that we had with our oldest this Thanksgiving holiday. This phase of our lives with him – away at college living on his own – still feels very new. The time we have face to face with him is oh so very precious because it is so few and far between visits. After dropping him off at the airport this morning, we talked about what really defines this phase now: a series of hellos and goodbyes. The hellos are always sweet and the goodbyes are always bitter. But for me what makes the goodbyes a little more palatable is perspective. I realize that he is making his way in the world. He is pushing daily towards his dreams. In order for him to realize true adulthood and independence, he has to distance himself from the security of our decision-making. He has to develop his own clarity around situations. He has to decide what kind of man he wants to be and plant the right seeds that will manifest themselves in that man. It’s a thrill watching him grow and learn albeit painful at times as you want to protect your children from the pitfalls you didn’t avoid. But certainly we learned from our failures as well as our successes and I know he will do the same. I would never want to cheat him out of the nicks and bruises that sometimes accompany life. I know they’ll make him stronger.

He is a fantastic young man! Whatever small part of helping him become fantastic that I may have contributed, I am very happy for that and that’s all I need. He has my full support in whatever he feels like he needs to do, to do him. I know he’ll be great because in my eyes he’s already a winner and a big success.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Point Your Remote at Life and Click Away!

Saw a post from a new Facebook friend today and was inspired to write about it. She wrote that she wished life were a remote. That way she could play the easy times, pause the good times, fast forward through the difficult times, and rewind the memories. There is a lot of wisdom in that statement and words to live by if you let them be.

Challenge yourself to use ‘your remote’ on your life. On those rare occasions when life is giving it to you easy, just let it play. Relax and enjoy it while it lasts. Hit pause when things are going really well and take the time to take in the moment and thoroughly enjoy it. Because when you take a tally, those good times often seem few and far between. If life is kicking you in the teeth a bit, hit your fast forward button. Put your head down, gut your way through it, and get through it as fast as you can. You know times that will allow you to hit pause and play are right around the corner. But don’t forget to at least take a few things from those difficult times and learn from them. Maybe you won’t have to hit fast forward quite as often – for that situation anyway – in the future. Lastly, hold your memories and rewind them as much as you like. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck in the past – either awesome memories or not so awesome memories – but do allow yourself to relive those precious moments and maybe those moments when you didn’t make the best decision. Our past truly shapes our future so rewind when you have to and enjoy.

Embrace your life’s remote and make sure you always have fresh batteries in that bad boy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Thanksgiving Poem :)

Twas the day before Thanksgiving, and all through my mouth

Each taste bud was perky, not one had gone south.

Preparations for goodness are underway with care,

In hopes that St. Turkey soon would be there.

My taste buds are nestled all snug in my maw,

With visions of cranberry, dressing, and slaw.

My family’s together so that is what’s best,

But I’m gonna eat so much my tummy’s gonna say hi to my chest.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Road Trip!!!

It sure doesn’t seem like a week has passed already since Mandi and I returned from our weekend getaway. I don’t remember when the last time it was – probably back before kids – that she and I just headed out on the road together. We logged nearly 1600 miles in 3 days! That’s like driving straight from Clearwater to El Paso TX!! We made some awesome friends and saw some fantastic shows, but for me the best part of the weekend was spending so much time with my incredible bride.

We laughed so much over the 3 days that my sides are still hurting. Went down memory lane as we sang songs from back in the day as there are no lack of “70s, 80s, and today” stations out there. I’m pretty sure a couple of truck drivers got to see me doing the WOP and the Snake a few times. We ate, talked, and reconnected in a pretty awesome way. I highly recommend it.

We made some awesome new friends in Birmingham and in Nashville. Thanks for the memories guys, you all rock!!

We got to see Sam Bradley - accompanied by John Notto (the Man) - play in two different cities on consecutive evenings. We also had the pleasure of meeting his road dog, Dustin. Awesome dude! We hadn’t seen Sam together in about a year and a half and it had been about a year since Mandi had seen him play. All I can say is Whoa! He has really stepped up his game in that time and was phenomenal!! What an awesome talent and extremely cool cat to boot! The tour is so timely with the release of his latest EP, Zuni. Check it out!!

Big ups to our incredible friends for keeping our kids while we were gone. We don’t take that gesture lightly and we SO owe you. Totally willing to return the favor whenever you like.

I’m the luckiest man in the world and if you know Mandi, you know why!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010


Our daughter Victoria was a competitive gymnast for a number of years. She was exceptional! I think Mandi and I were more nervous watching her compete than she was. During her floor exercise she would get so high in her tumbling passes, watching her fly around the uneven parallel bars was major white knuckle time, and seeing her head down the runway at top speed and then pop that vault and twist and turn her body in ways I could only dream of – yikes! But the event that was the wildest for me personally was the balance beam. It’s so unimaginable that not only could she walk across this 4” wide, 16.5’ long beam but she could jump, tumble, dance, and kick without falling off. I think that was the event that she had to work the hardest at in training. Clearly the key was for her to develop extraordinary ‘balance’ and strengthen her ‘center’. When she competed she had to maintain that focus and balance with the crowd cheering for other competitors at other events, music blasting from the floor exercise, coaches and parents encouraging her, etc. So not only did she have to balance her body, she also had to process out all of the distracters around her.

In life, one of my biggest challenges is finding and maintaining the right balance. Balancing quality family time, work requirements, physical fitness, coaching, etc. is seemingly a daily challenge. When I get out of balance I know pretty quickly because I “fall” in that area(s) of my life that I’ve neglected. Much like Victoria would fall off the beam – not very often :) - if she got out of balance up there. This would happen typically if she let a distracter come in and take her off her center. She would get up, regroup, regain her center and balance, and finish the routine.

I think the bottom line for me is, keeping a healthy balance in life is a ton of work! But it is well worth it. If I get out of balance, life will let me know quickly. All I have to do is get up, dust myself off, regain my center and balance, and finish the routine!

Thursday, November 4, 2010


While none of us know how many days we have on this Earth, what we cannot dispute is that they are numbered. I say we make each one count. Reality is that everyone of us has obligations, commitments, duties, and responsibilities that certainly can consume a lot of each day. In the midst of that reality, I'm challenging myself to at least carve out SOME time in EACH day to spend doing the things that I love and that I am passionate about. I'm going to spend some time each day laughing out loud, singing at the top of my lungs, loving on my wife and kids, and spending time with my Maker.

Make your days count because they are numbered. Commit at least some time each day to the things that you love and that you are passionate about. Who's with me??