Friday, May 29, 2009

Reading Queue

Here are several books that I can't wait to get in to:

Actually, I'm almost done with this one. Great leadership insight for any type of leadership position.Check out Tony's blog. 

Be sure to check out the website for this book. We look to do the DVD study in our Sunday School soon!

I think the title speaks for itself, Less Clutter, Less Noise. Can't wait to get into this one. Check out Kem's blog

Don't Let Me Go

Just finished reading this book by David Pierce. It's a great story of a dad's journey with his daughter as they grow together through great adventures. They run marathons and climb mountains together. 

As a dad of a 10 year old girl, I want to have the kind of relationship that the author has with his daughter. That means doing some strategic planning to have some adventures together. I'm looking forward to it. 

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Haven't Gone Anywhere

I know I haven't posted in a while, kinda embarrassing. I've had some busy weeks, but no real excuse. I took me a while to figure out why I haven't had 'time' to post. I usually post in the evenings - and lately I've been spending most evenings outside until past dark. 

So . . . since I get up each morning at 4:50 to go to the Y, that means I hit the sack kinda early. Not much free time in the evenings to post. 

All that to say . . . I need plan some time to post. Maybe shift it to another part of the day. We'll see. Stay tuned.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thursday Evening

This evening, Amy and I took the boat out for the first time this season. In the past, the inaugural boat trip of a season always had some surprise with it - usually not good. However, this year was different. No problems!  In fact, it was quite relaxing and beautiful to see the sun setting on the river. Sweet! Now I can't wait to ski!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mid-Week Reflections

I can't believe that it is Wednesday already. It seems that this week is moving along fairly fast. Here are some thoughts:
  • Watching the Carolina Hurricanes right now. The 'Caines just scored two goals in a matter of a minute. Our family has watched a total of about 10 minutes all year and saw the 'Caines score two in the final two minutes in game 7 of the last series. 
  • Our Spring Fest on Sunday at church was incredible. Our volunteers were tremendous! We had tons of guests - out largest crowd ever for anything at Bagley Swamp! We ran out of food - the first time that has ever happened!
  • The forecast was for 70% chance of rain - we only had a 3 minute shower that cooled things for us :-)
  • I've had conversations every day this week with folks that are moving forward in their relationship with Jesus! That is awesome!
  • Our youth group had new teens on Sunday night and today at an after school hang out. Wow!
  • Excited about Todd (our youth pastor) getting away with other youth pastors tomorrow and Friday in Charlotte! 
  • Yesterday and today we finally got some much needed rain! Enough to wash some of the dirt off of our car - but not hard enough to make it look clean. 
  • Might the Braves win one tonight?
  • Going to try to get to bed early tonight!  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Latest Adventure

Last night the family and I traveled to see the Carolina Mudcats play in Zebulon, NC (2.5 hour drive). They are the AA affiliate for the Reds. We hadn't been there in years, and the place had really changed. The real reason for going was to surprise a friend for his 40th birthday. Another family joined us and we had a great time together. 

The game started late since it had rained, so we left before the game was over to get back home. That's when the real adventure began. We had been on the road for about 30 minutes when I noticed that the interior lights began to dim. That's not good. Then the headlights went out. Then on, then out. We pull over. We're in a van that won't move at 11pm. 

We call a tow truck to come get us. Meanwhile, a deputy stops to help. The tow truck shows up and tows us 6 miles back to Rocky Mount. The deputy gives Amy and kids a ride and we drop the van off at Colony Tire and then to the Red Roof Inn. 

We get a 'smoking room' since that is all they have left. We check in - the only time I've ever checked into a hotel with no luggage - no nothing. 

I get up at 6:45 am and walk to Colony Tire and the manager drives up right when I get there. I tell him of my situation, so he will get the van in as soon as his tech guys come in. A little while later, they diagnose that the alternator needs replacing. I go back to hotel to shower and we're on the road by 10 and home by 12 noon. 

Several amazing things:
  • We broke down near a town instead of the middle of nowhere. 
  • The deputy gave the family a ride. It really would have been a hoot to see everyone in the van on the tow truck.
  • I slept with my contacts in for the first time in my life and they were not glued to my eyes when I woke up.  (I can doze for 10 minutes and they usually stick to my eyes.)
  • I have sleep apnea and did not have my machine. The family did not hear me snoring or having any apnea episodes. That's amazing. 
  • I had a bunch of stuff to do today - and got home in plenty of time to get it done. 
  • Met several amazing people that I wouldn't met otherwise. Tow truck driver, deputy,manager at Colony Tire, and the lady at Dunkin Donuts.