Wednesday, September 21, 2011

9 things for 9 years

9 years ago today 'me' became a 'we' and I thought I would share 9 things for 9 years:

  1. I still feel extremely lucky that she said yes.
  2. My failures in loving and honoring my bride have not defined our marriage, Grace has.
  3. She still makes me laugh harder and more regularly than anyone I know.
  4. I knew she would be a great mom but she has surpassed my expectations BY FAR!
  5. I still like to hold her hand.
  6. She is always the 1st person I want to talk to when something good or bad happens.
  7. She is an incredible friend to her friends!
  8. Somehow she is still my biggest fan.
  9. She is more beautiful today than day I met her.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

33 things in 33 years

1st thanks for all the birthday wishes on facebook, text message or phone call. I thought I would write a few things that I feel like I have learned in the past 33 years.

  1. my character is found only in Christ. In my life I haveI thought I had strong character because of what I could do. It was never true. The older I get the more immaturity I see in my life and my need for the character of Jesus to stand in front of me.
  2. I can grab a baseball across the seams correctly every time I pick one up. An I wasn’t a great ball player after 13:)
  3. I still suck at spelling
  4. Since I am dyslexic and ADD, having the internet read the bible to me has changed my life.
  5. Money can’t fix everything but money sure can make it more fun.
  6. All dads should wear a cup when wrestling with you kids.
  7. It’s always better to order a side of avocado than guac. They typically give you more.
  8. Sonic has the best Coke.
  9. HD tv is really that much better
  10. The minivan wins.
  11. If I could afford it I would have a massage every morning when I wake up.
  12. I love being a dad as much as I thought I would.
  13. I can learn a song pretty fast. I can lead most songs with a chord chart after hearing it a couple of times.
  14. I love live concerts.
  15. I still am thankful Camille said yes. Love her more than I show her. That’s sad.
  16. Always open your dates car door. Always let your date walk in front of you when you are in public. Unless your not proud to be with her. Instead of letting her walk in front of you, break up with her. If you don’t like someone enough to show her off as you walk in, get out. She deserves more.
  17. It is crazy hard not to let your failures define you.
  18. Most people that get incredible results, work incredibly hard.
  19. If you don’t learn how you work best you will end up wasting most of the time you are supposed to be “working”.
  20. I see things differently than most people. I look at broken things and tech things differently. It’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a curse when I get frustrated when folks don’t see things the same way I do. Again my character blows.
  21. I love espn.
  22. Not much makes me happier than laughing with my kids.
  23. My favorite dessert is banana pudding. Which my bride made me tonight.
  24. Friends can work together. I can work with my best friend because of Gospel conversations. They are hard but can make it possible.
  25. I really enjoy leading music with my friends. Over the past 10 years I have made some great friends and led some incredible music that made much of Jesus.
  26. Rural Pond and friends does excellent wedding music.
  27. I have a heart for our city. My friend Andy and I are coaching our boys again. Trying to plug into this community.
  28. When you move into a house you MUST know what to do if a water pipe breaks.
  29. Kids toys take up way to much space.
  30. Working with younger guys can be one of the most rewarding and frustrating things ever. I can’t imaging how Mike, Cyndi, Collins, Keith, Paul, David, Asa, Bubeck, and MANY more put up with my arrogance and immaturity.
  31. I am a late night person. I prefer to stay up much later than I do. BUT I have to wake up every morning because we have kidos. I miss sleeping in.
  32. I am trying to encourage my friends and verbalize my love for them.
  33. I don’t deserve for people to love me and say some of the stuff they have today. I have failed many of them and many others. If not for Jesus everyone would have been done with me a long time ago. Thank you to everyone for loving me.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Full Heart

it's been a while. probably not here for long but here for today. here we go.

Today I played music for the funeral of a friend of mine. We were not best friends BUT i feel like I knew Stewart Hay and that he knew me. I love his son Alastair Hay and his wife Lexis. I don't know his other 3 kids as well. I have led worship with Al, MANY times and Lexis provided the food for many of the retreat we did at FPC and I had many great talks with her on those retreats. One thing stood out about Stewart Hay: people he loved knew that he loved them. I want to be like that. I'm not like that.
I was very honored to play a small role in the funeral honoring his life today. And the Hay family is in my prayers. I remember the feeling of loosing my dad. It's HARD.(old post) I love you guys. I am thankful for the life of Stewart Hay.

I was able to have lunch before the funeral with one of my favorite people in the world, Les Saunders. Les is one of the many reasons that I am who I am today. He pushed me musically and was never afraid to tell me i was off or wrong. After lunch we set up our guitars and mics and played music. It had been 4 years since we had played together but it literally felt like yesterday we hung out and played together. we played well today. We sang well. it was good for my heart to play music with one of my great friends. If we have jobs in heaven and if I find my self making music, I want you in my band Les or I want to be in yours.

After the funeral I had to jet kind of fast in order to make it to Perimeter to lead worship for the Camp All American Staff. One of my roommates from college is a director of CAA and we were able to go have dinner before I led. Again Brent Curl(earlier post) is one of the people that has made me who I am today. He makes having real conversations easy, he always has. Thanks for being someone that lives out the Gospel as well as anyone I know.

Then I was able to see Andy Nelson, a former member at our church, now Youth Pastor in Boca FLA. I miss him and want him and his bride to move back to Athens one day. I am glad to call him friend.

My final thought of the day is this: It took a ton of people to love me and help me get where I am today. I failed A LOT along the way. I hurt people, I failed people, disappointed people and most of all didn't really know myself. Now at almost 33 I see that I have really needed people to love me through my immaturity and poor/irresponsible choices. Brent and Les (the full list is WAY to long) are a couple of the people that did that for me.

Tonight my heart is full because of great memories and people that helped me in the growing up and becoming a man.

"clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose."-coach taylor