Archive for August 2007

She Needs Your Help

August 31, 2007

Ok, here’s the Friday Challenge:

Guys – Dads in particular – our wives need our help. Let me preface this statement with a few points. First, I’m saying this because I’ve failed miserably before (numerous times…ok, too many to count) in this area. Consider this more of a journal entry than a blog post. Second, for you “deep” thinkers out there, don’t take this too far. I’m not elaborating on the role of woman vs. men. (I can hear some extremist shouting now, “But the woman is the help mate!”) Not trying to debate anything like that here.

So, here’s the point. And it hit me randomly this morning. My wife needs my help. (Wow, revolutionary, eh?) But seriously, it’s SO EASY for us dudes to get so wrapped up in our work (good thing, yes) and our football and our whatever whatever, that we forget to do simple things to help out our wives. I relate this mostly to us with kiddos…especially if you have more than one.

So here’s our weekend challenge: Let’s do a little extra. Give em a break. 1 day of no diaper changing. Or, like I need to do more of, help get the kids ready for school in the morning. Pick up, clean up. Do more than the trash. Surprise her with a back massage (if you got a little cash, make it a professional one). Wash a load of clothes (wait, that’s taking it too far…ha).

For those thinking I’m just writing this to earn some points or to make myself look good…………………I would never do such a thing. Warning: Sarcasm Detected

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Thursday Unload

August 30, 2007
  • I’m looking forward to watching LSU vs MSU on the teli tonight. Never thought I’d be excited over watching these two play, but hey – it’s the first game of the season!
  • Yesterday, while driving to work, John 15:5 came to mind – again and again. The thoughts of “apart from Him – we can do NOTHING”. Funny how we commit our lives to this calling, this following of Jesus…and it’s impossible to live it without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; impossible to do on our own merit; we are extremely weak – yet through Him and in Him and by Him, we approach the Father with the utmost confidence, blameless, set apart, Holy, asking for whatever we need. (Yeah, elementary stuff here…but dude, just amazing when you stop and consider it.) So yesterday it was just a great drive time of reflecting on His sustaining strength and a reminder that we must daily yield our wants and desires and most importantly, “stop trying” – realizing that ANY good that will come out of me that day will come from Him.
  • Flying to Dallas next weekend. Meeting with kIDS Beach Club again. Dana and I always come back refreshed after being around this group. When you are around people who have given decades of their life to serving kids and loving kids and have a passion to teach children about God…man, it just fires you up. Refreshment for the soul.
  • Another co-worker of mine switched to Verizon yesterday. Another soul saved. (ha)
  • Dana fell down the stairs recently (sorry babe, had to share). You ought to see the bruise on her arm. Ouch.
  • I’m looking forward to spending time with family on Monday. No work!
  • I’m kinda/sorta/a little/still trying to avoid/pretty much already doing it – coaching Logan’s 4yr old soccer team. Kinda got stuck on me. It’s a riot. I’m seriously about to go “Patch Adams” on them and start doing some really unconventional practice drills. I mean, cmon, these are 4yr olds. How do you think the parents will react when I have the kids act like their favorite animal while kicking the ball into the net?
  • Spoke with an 85yr old lady from NJ yesterday. She moved to the US when she was 27, from Italy. She talked about her famous pasta and meatballs. I would LOVE to drive up to NJ and partake of her delicious cooking. Imagine how old her recipe is. Yummy.
  • Random question of the day…from my 6yr old…”Daddy, bad guys don’t trust God, do they?”

Lyrics For Today

August 28, 2007

Song stuck in my head right now:

Sing to the King

Sing to the King Who is coming to reign
Glory to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain
Life and salvation His empire shall bring
And joy to the nations when Jesus is King

Come, let us sing a song
A song declaring that we belong to Jesus
He is all we need
Lift up a heart of praise
Sing now with voices raised to Jesus
Sing to the King

For His returning we watch and we pray
We will be ready the dawn of that day
We’ll join in singing with all the redeemed
‘Cause Satan is vanquished and my Jesus is King

The 2nd time through the 2nd verse…the way it builds up to the moment – the proclamation of Jesus being King, and Satan being vanquished – dude, cmon now…are we awake?…hello?…if this doesn’t move you in some way…especially the way it dramatically builds…and singing it loud amongst others making the same proclamation…wow. Good stuff.

Cool FCA Promo Video (AU of course)

August 26, 2007

Day At The Park

August 26, 2007

So this weekend has been interesting. Dana is out of town. I’m surviving with all 4 by myself. The kids…well, the kids…I think are surviving too. Hey babe, here’s proof we survived the park yesterday:

AL vs GA (the states)

August 24, 2007

I grew up in North Alabama. Spent the first 18 years of my life there. Same house. The next 4.5 years I spent in Southeast AL, in college. I’ve now lived in GA for 2.5 years. Plus, my wife is from GA. And I went to college with a bunch of GA kids.

I give you that background to let you know my opinions on the two states are informed ones; experienced ones; opinions you can trust. (Wow, I’m starting to sound like Fox News.) So without further ado, I give you my Top 5 / Top 5.

Top 5 Reasons I like Alabama over Georgia:

  • It’s hard to put into words, but it’s just a different FEEL. A slower pace. A front porch setting. Not as much “keeping up with the Jones'”.
  • Far less TRAFFIC! Yeah, I know, B’ham and Montgomery and Huntsville THINK they have traffic, but they have no idea.
  • Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Fun place to visit. They keep adding new venues. And hey, what better place to put a bunch of really smart engineers and the history of our space program than SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF NORTH ALABAMA! Awesome!
  • Home of Auburn University. This fact not only makes Alabama one of the top 10 states in the country, but qualifies it as one of the best sites in the WORLD.
  • College sports rule the state. No pro sports present. That can be a negative at times, but it gives the state of Alabama a unique feel.

Top 5 Reasons I like Georgia over Alabama:

  • You don’t have to deal with intolerable Bammer fans. You don’t have to hear about their 12 (really only 6) nashinul champeeonchips. You don’t see as many dudes in houndstooth hats wearing a torn tanktop and giving more money for his season tickets than he does for 2 years worth of child support. (Ok, maybe I got carried away on that one.)
  • Braves and Thrashers. It is nice to have pro sports close by. It is nice to hop in the car with my 6 yr old and drive 45 minutes to watch the Braves play. That’s fun. (Notice I did NOT mention the Falcons.)
  • Sometimes, better business opportunities. Let’s face it: there’s just ton more business here and tons more companies.
  • More to do, especially if you have kids. GA Aquarium, Coca Cola Museum, Six Flags, etc, etc, etc.
  • GA only gets 4. I’ve assessed a 1pt penalty on GA for their attitude towards Alabama residents. There’s a little too much “we are better than you” attitude here (not even close to being true) and too much nose up in the air. The irony of these comments is there’s actually MORE rednecks in Georgia than Alabama. (Don’t try and debate me on this. You will lose.)

One thing I left out, because it’s a tie, is the hunting/fishing/state park comparison. Both are excellent.

Well, there you have it. The scientific, non bias (yeah right), comparison of these two glorious states. I’d love to write more, but Sweet Home Alabama just came on the radio and I’ve been trying to record this song on my cassette player for months now. Gotta go!

Amazed

August 23, 2007

Right when I thought life could not get any better, I visit a Cold Stone Creamery and find out:

IT CAN!

(for those new to the internet, you need to click on “IT CAN!”….there you will discover something you never thought could get any better, but it appears Cold Stone has made my wildest dreams come true.)