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11 years ago today…

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… is when it all started! And it just keeps gettin’ better!

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Why I LOVE Christmas

  • Unplugging from the daily routine
  • Admiring the hills of Tennessee
  • Seeing 60+ year old people play Wii (Hilarious!!!)
  • The smell of dinner cooking
  • Mama’s dressing (BEST EVER!)
  • Mac & Cheese (don’t care who makes it… just HAVE SOME!)
  • Sleepy time (immediately following dinner… lol)
  • Reading the Christmas story in Luke 2 before…
  • Opening presents one… by… one…
  • Watching the grandkids wait their turn… one… by… one…
  • The sounds of laughter and excitement that fill the room
  • Being with the group of people who know me best… and still love me most
  • Remembering that Jesus is the catalyst for ALL OF IT!!

How about you?

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Birthday Bowling

bowlingBlake’s 8th birthday is coming up next week, and just like the 7 others before this one, it falls on the day after Christmas.

We’re thankful that so far every year on his birthday Blake has been surrounded by family. Evie has been intentional about having a cake and letting him open presents from family!

However, the day after Christmas is NOT the best time to celebrate with friends. Either we’re out of town, or THEY are! So every year we’ve made an effort to do something with his friends, just not ON his birthday!

These ‘special’ days are often something simple. Outside of a couple of full-blown birthday parties in November, we’ve also tried a few non-traditional things: a movie day with a few friends or a 1/2 birthday pool party in June with 3 of his buddies.

Well today is Blake’s celebration day! This year we’re going bowling with another family from church, and the cool thing is that even though today is NOT his birthday, he’ll have a BLAST! It’s just another simple way to make some memories and celebrate with friends!

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20000Well last week my little blog got its 20,000th hit. While I’m certain there are many other blogs that get that many hits in a day (and this guy may even get that many hits in an hour), it took me a little over a year to reach this milestone.

When I started this thing a little over a year ago, I was really looking for a way to update the many friends and family God has blessed us with in so many different places. I think we’ve accomplished that! Many of our friends and family continually drop in to check up on us, and this has been a perfect avenue to reach them all at once. I’m sincerely thankful for each of you!

What I didn’t anticipate was how many new friends I would make through my little blog. People I’ve never met have dropped in for comments and some I’ve actually developed ‘online relationships’ with. (As dirty as that sounds, there is absolutely nothing immoral about that statement! lol) For these new relationships I’m extremely grateful.

Moving forward I have no idea where our little blog might take us, or for how long we’ll do it, but I’m excited about the possibilities. In NO way do I claim to have figured this thing out, but I’ve certainly enjoyed sharing my life with my few faithful readers (and you know who you are). So thank YOU! Thank you for dropping in on our lives and contributing to the conversation!

In a short while I’ll have another story to tell you. The funny thing is that if I were 8 years old again, it would probably start with, “One time on Sesame Street…”

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This list is a bit more random than my earlier one. But here we go…

  • Listening to my iPod while driving my Scooter
  • Finding stroopwaffles at Fresh Market
  • Anna Brooke’s haircut
  • Frozen White Fudge Oreos (mmmmm!)
  • Mark Driscoll’s preaching (Dang… he’s smart!)
  • Keeping up with friends on Twitter
  • Planet Earth on BluRay (Those Birds of Paradise are AMAZING!)
  • GC.TV’s Parenting Class
  • Blake’s progress report from school (he’s kinda’ like Mark Driscoll)
  • Cherry Coke Zero (needed compensation because of too many before mentioned Oreos)
  • My new black Fulmer helmet (keeps my face warm)
  • The fact that Mark Driscoll follows ME on Twitter (along with 3,425 other people… lol)
  • Pitaria (thanks Kyle)
  • Playing PIT! with new friends and a kickin’ 80’s Soundtrack
  • Evie sending me flirtatious flair on facebook (the girl can’t contain herself)
  • Canopy Road Cafe Pancakes (will be there tomorrow morning)
  • Madden All Play for Wii
  • My Wanna Bees are 10-1 (YEAH-BABY)
  • Greenberg Turkey (Thanks Tony! can’t wait)
  • Preparing to speak on Parenting this Sunday! (So HUMBLING but SO excited to do it)

What are some of your recent favorite things? Let me hear from you!

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carnivalFamilies have a little bit of everything just like a Carnival, some fun, some weird, some challenging.  It is such an all encompassing part of our lives, we need God to help us understand how to live in a family or raise one. This is a series for everyone at every stage of life, and we promise it will change how you see yourself and your family forever. This is also a ONE IDEA series which means our adults, youth, and children will all be finding the family fun together! So invite someone or bring them with you to WEEK 1 of Carnival!

Sundays @ Tallahassee Little Theater @ 929 and 1101
Parking at Miracle Plaza
For directions click here

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A little over a year ago, my family relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, from Birmingham, Alabama. Over the past year, Blake has had the opportunity to visit with some of his friends from Birmingham on occasion. He always enjoys hooking back up with his buddies. There are a couple of little guys that as soon as they see each other it is as if we never moved. I love that!

Well out of nowhere tonight, Blake mentioned that he had not seen one of his friends in a long time. He was indeed correct. Over the past year I think Blake had only seen this friend one time. Then Blake followed up with something very interesting. He said, “Man! It’s been so long since I’ve seen him that I forgot the sound of his voice!”

Wow! Forgot the sound of his voice! What an amazing statement from my 7 year old little man. While it saddened me a little bit (even though Blake wasn’t sad when he said it… it was just a matter of fact to him), I found his sincere words to be helpful in my journey of faith!

I never… ever, ever, EVER… want to forget the sound of God’s voice! I want it to be as distinct as the smell of my grandmother’s house, and I want it to be as familiar as my favorite chair. I want it to be as comforting as my wife’s, “I love you”, but I want it to be as disturbing as a police siren when if I’m pushing the speed limit.

I know it is always just ahead of me, and I hope to always follow it!

“…he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know HIS voice.” – John 10:4b

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