Family Photo 2015

Family Photo 2015

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My Blogger Anniversary

I cannot believe that I have been doing this Blogger thing for a year! Words cannot describe how up lifting this experience has been for me. Actually, I guess words can describe since this is a blog post! lol I have been encouraged by so many friends and family. In fact, I did not really realize how many people were reading these postings!
As many of you know I have been on a fast this month and one of the things I was convicted about the use of technologies like facebook, twitter, and even blogger. I think we all know that our words really can be powerful. whether we like it or not, our words create action....both good and bad. All the social networking, blogging and Internet outlets have given us as Christians a huge opportunity to be light in the world. So my challenge in this next blogging chapter is to continue to encourage, hope to inspire, but to always remind people that they are not walking their journey alone.

Happy Reading Everyone!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Brown Sugar Boutique

It all started the day we found out we were having a daughter! The hair bow obsession was in full force...and there was nothing I could do about it, except go along on the ride! And now here we are six months later at the grand opening of my wife's new company, Brown Sugar Boutique.

I probably say this a lot, but I am the luckiest man in the world! My wife is totally awesome and amazing! She never ceases to amaze me. And now, you can experience her creativity through these wonderful custom made hair bows and accessories. You can see our beautiful model showing some items and additional products! I encourage you to check out the website at Did I mention there is a grand opening sale?!?!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

31 days of praise: an update

Today I begin my 14th day of the fast. Let me get straight to the point and say how difficult this process has been. At the same time, I am in awe of all that the Lord is revealing to me. I do need to confess that I did break the fast on my birthday to tell everyone Thank you for their birthday wishes through twitter and facebook. I did not want to be rude...but I was quickly called out by my good friend Nick. Even though he was joking with me (I think) he said "a fast is a fast." The truth is he is right! I discovered in that moment that we spend so much of our time and energy making justifications...I don't think we realize we are doing it. How many times have we heard people say "I don't have time..." or "I'm to busy..." How many times have you made those statements. How many times have you made those statements when it comes to your time with God? This is was one of the problems I needed to address in my own life. I was able to make justifications for the things I wanted to do and excuses for the things that I could not do or just did not want to do.
To add salt to this wound of laziness I am a reminded of a the story of Abraham and ultimate sacrifice God had called him to make. We know that Abraham was a man that feared the Lord. We know that for Abraham, his life was devoted to serving the Lord. As I was reading these chapters in Genesis this week, I was amazed that Abraham was willing to go, no questions asked. Even though it meant sacrificing his most treasured position. As I father myself, I am asking myself how he did it? After all, he was human...surely he had some doubts as he was climbing that mountain with Isaac....yet, he continued to climb. Of course we know that Isaac was spared and a ram was offered as the sacrifice that day.
As I am walking through this journey, I am learning that it is not about my devotion time, but my devoted life. PLEASE don't misunderstand that statement. I don't want that statement to sound like an excuse or justification for not spending time with God. If anything, that statement should encourage us to spend more time with him. Sometimes, I fear that we have placed devotion time in a box and expect God to speak to us in one more, no less. It is clear that people learn and process in many different ways and we hear from God in different ways. I encourage you to find new ways to be engaged in His spirit. If we want to live devoted lives for him, then yes, you have to spend time in His word, hearing His voice, and even making sacrifices. If our lives are completed devoted to God, then the "devotion time" becomes some so amazing, and cherished.
As I begin this next week, I am encouraged about what is in store...even though I do not know what it could be. It could be living in the plain (read last blog post) or it could be something exciting. When I compare these small things I am giving up to Abraham (which I shouldn't), I realize two things:
1. In no way are these comparisons equal.
2. I just need to put on my big boy underwear and seek His will, listen to His voice, and go where he leads!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

First Fridays: 259.2

July felt like a very long month. Before we left on vacation was at set a goal to lose 3lbs while I was in Oklahoma. Instead of losing those 3lbs, I gained them. But I am glad that I am starting August at my former weight. I was proud of myself for doing some form of exercise while I was there. Looking back on it, it was a little defeating because that Braum's Ice Cream was so good.
I am looking forward to August, because it means the return of a routine. Summer is so carefree and that translates in what you eat. But the thing I am discovering about myself is that because I love sweets so much, I need to cut them out. I am not at the point that I can say that it is safe for me to have a little every once in a while. Because that leads me to eating more of it. So this month I am focusing more time on my food intake (especially the sweets) and making my workouts more intense. I am sure there will be funny gym stories.

My weight lost goal for this month is set for 8lbs!

How is your journey?