22 June, 2013

Rain

This has been one of the wettest weeks I can remember in recent history. We have gotten lots of rain and there hasn't been a tropical storm near us either. I think that is what amazes me the most about it.
Of course, the dogs don't like the rain much and the thunder makes them nervous. That is fine during the day, but we had a doozy of a storm at 3 AM one night this past week and they were driving me crazy. Why don't dogs like thunder or fireworks?

05 June, 2013

Time flies

Last night I went to my daughter's eighth grade graduation. There were awards given out to various students. Mattie was recognized for having all A's for the year and also was one of three to receive the "Maestro Award" award from her chorus teacher, Mr. Brunson. Needless to say, I am a very proud father. She has worked really hard and she does have my genes, so I shouldn't be surprised, huh? Haha.
She is now considered to be Wando class of 2017. She is going to be in high school in August. It just seems like yesterday that I saw her for the very first time in the hospital in Greenville. In four years she will be going off to college. I can't believe the past fourteen years seem to have passed so quickly.
I was warned about this when she was about 6 months old. Don't blink too much. The next thing you know she will be off to college. Well, college is still four years away, but wow, 14 years have passed.

                            

25 September, 2010

iPad

I got an iPad back in July. This thing rocks. For around he house, it does great for surfing while watching television. It comes on almost instantly. Not quite instant, but close enough.

My youngest son loves to stream Netflix on it.

One of my favorIte applications that I have found is Evernote. I have used Evernote at work for taking notes for over a year. I am also using the Olive Tree Bible Reader application that will allow you to take notes. Those notes will sync with Evernote. It comes in handy. There are some limitations with Evernote when you create notes on a pc and then try to edit them on the iPad, but not enough to keep from using it daily.

To quote Ferris Bueller ...
"It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."

19 September, 2010

Passion

It is amazing tome how passionate some people can be about certain things. Some of them I can understand. Some of them I can't. It amazes me how we lose sight of what we should be most passionate about ... Jesus Christ and our heavenly Father. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that I'm nearly as passionate about that as I should be. To be honest, I see how passionate some are at church and wonder how they can be like that. Some folks will call you crazy or too churchy (is that actually a word?) or even a nut case. I have some friends that could definitely fall into the nut case category, but I won't mention names :)

God has blessed me so much in my life. I have a wonderful wife and three beautiful kids. I have some awesome friends that I have met due to going to church. So why not be that passionate for Him?

I got to thinking about this after the Clemson game tonight. It was a loss to Auburn. Clemson played well. I was whooping and hollering even though I was sitting in front of a tv and not actually at the game. I've done that for Jesus at times too, but not nearly as much as I yell and cheer for Clemson.
I need to be that bold. I need to be that passionate for Jesus all the time. I need to whoop and holler and cheer for Jesus and not just on a hike. Sometimes, I just feel tired. Sometimes I wonder why bother. It's not always easy being a Christian. Simon Guillebaud has written a book about radical living for Christ. It's a great book and can really get you thinking.

So, that's the challenge for myself. To be that passionate for Jesus. To live radically for Him. Not to be so worried about what others think and to go out there and give it my all for Him.

28 September, 2009

New Adventure

As most of you may know, I am embarking on a new adventure. I have decided to leave Benefitfocus and join a new company, SPARC, LLC. This company is just starting up and I'm the second employee. It's going to be a fun exciting new challenge. I get to stay in the Lowcountry, so I won't have to move the family or anything like that. I think Julie and the kids would shoot me if I tried to take them away from Charleston.

We tried to go shrimping Sunday before last. It was me, Michael, my Dad, Chase and Chase. Yes there were two Chases with us. They are both 8 years old. This was the first time that Michael and I had tried. We had no luck whatsoever. Didn't even see anything close to resembling a shrimp. We caught a mullet in the cast net, but that was it. Maybe we'll have better luck next time.

10 January, 2009

Living Life


My youngest son Grayson is really showing me what it's like to live life. That boy is always so happy and has a smile on his face. He wakes up happy. He goes through the day happy and goes to bed happy. Just like any young'un, he will try and test you, but it is not like he does it often.

25 June, 2008

Back from Honduras

The trip to Tegucigalpa was very eye-opening for me. I have never seen people that live in the type of conditions that they live in.
I have been trying to capture how I felt on the trip and since coming back, but I'm just not that good a writer. I was amazed at how little many of the folks down there have. I am also very thankful for how much God has blessed me.
I have put up some pictures on picasa and the gallery is also posted here.

The residential home where we worked was a wonderful place. There are 47 children there that are absolutely wonderful. They are so beautiful and have the most wonderful smiles.

12 June, 2008

Five Days and Counting

I made the decision to join the mission trip to Honduras in early April. Since then it has always seemed like it would take forever for June 17th to get here. Now, there are only 5 days left and I am starting to get nervous. I know that this is something that God wants me to do. What I don't know is exactly what I'm to do. All I can do is trust in Him and step out in faith to do whatever needs to be done and to serve the folks there.

The team met tonight to pack up those things that we are taking to the Lamb Institute. This is mostly sheets, blankets, clothes and some backpacks for the children that live in the God's Littlest Lambs Residential Home.
Currently, there are approximately 50 children that live there.
I wasn't able to be at this particular meeting. I have been out of town for business the past 3 days and by the time I got back to Charleston, the meeting was almost over. Instead, I went to eat with my family since I won't be seeing much of them over the next couple of weeks.

I added a picasa slide show to this site. Hopefully, I will be able to update with some pictures while we are down in Honduras. We are supposed to have internet access while we are there.

I am currently reading a book by Simon Guillebaud called For What It's Worth. It has been a great read so far. I plan on writing something about it, but I am in the process of digesting what I am reading and what God's telling me through this book. It is definitely a book that gets you to thinking about how you are living for Christ.

09 June, 2008

Lucky

So we decide to take the boat out on Sunday. Our neighbors, Mark and Pam went with us. In order to keep us from having to drive two cars, Mark decided to ride in the back of the truck. We had barely gotten out of the neighborhood when Mark starts knocking on the back window telling us to pull over. The lid on the cooler had blown out of the boat.
Mark went back to get the lid of the cooler, which is laying in Highway 17. As he is walking back to the truck, Mark stops and looks over at some weeds. He bends over and picks something up. In his arms was a little kitten. And I do mean little. Mark was carrying a brown / gray tabby kitten that couldn't have been more than 6 weeks old. I knew right away that we had ourselves a new kitten.
Julie held onto the kitten while Mark and I secured the lid on the cooler. When I got back to the truck, I told the kids to think of  a name for the little guy (or is it a girl?) They already had a name picked out. The name of our new kitten is Lucky.

We took Lucky to the vet today. The suspected age is 4 - 5 weeks old. It is a boy. It's awfully hard to tell on something that young. The vet thinks that Lucky is in in good health all things considered. He has a scab on his little nose that appears to be healing nicely. Being outside for the past 4 or 5 weeks, Lucky does have some fleas, but he is too young to be treated so we have to comb them out of his fur.
All of the kids love the new addition to our family. Our dog, Hassie, just sniffed at him for about 5 minutes and then went on her merry way.

02 June, 2008

The airport is closed

Well, I am going to Tegucigalpa, Honduras later this month. I am going down there with a group from my church, The Church of the Holy Cross. We are going to work with the LAMB Institute. While we aren't exactly sure what we will be doing once we get there, we have been told we will be assisting in building cottages for the orphanage.
There are 13 people total that are going. 3 men, 7 women and 3 ten year old girls. We have been meeting a few times to prepare for going down there and we have a strong group. I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of people.

Today, I found a news story that said the international airport in Tegucigalpa is closed for two months to planes that carry more than 42 passengers. That traffic will now be redirected to San Pedro Sula. San Pedro Sula is located about 100 miles from Tegucigalpa. Well, that should make for some interesting travel once we get there. I'm not worried about it though. God will provide for us. I'm sure this is all a part of his plan even though I don't necessarily understand how this will help us.