Someone Decided to Be Me For a Day

A couple of weeks ago, someone decided to be me for the day. Interestingly enough, this wasn’t the first time it happened.

A few years ago, another person decided that they worked at my job and that it was perfectly fine to participate in some of the privileges that I had there as well.

Why would anyone want to be me?

Well, I do have a lovely wife and wonderful kids, but that’s not what these people wanted to benefit from.

Even though I am not wealthy YET (always have to throw that out there), two people decided that it was acceptable to make purchases as me.



A New Family Routine

A couple of weeks ago, our church put on a family conference that challenged us in our role as parents. We were encouraged and inspired by the things that we shared, but most importantly, we were challenged.

Over the years, I have inconsistently incorporated reading a devotional or bible story to the kids at night just before bed. After those readings, we would pray and then they would go to sleep.

Somewhere along the line, I got off track and the routine was broken.

My wife on the other hand, was more consistent in having a devotional time that included singing, prayer, and sharing the word of God.

During the family conference at church, I was ignited once again to take the lead in the discipling of my children through scripture.



Choosing to Have a Good Day

Sometimes, you just wake up "on the wrong side of the bed".  That was me this morning.

I got up around the usual time and, despite my best efforts, I could not get my act together.

I tried my hardest to keep down the noise and to avoid waking my wife too early, but it seemed like every time I touched something or even passed by it, it made the loudest sound possible.

Since I didn't get my clothes together the night before, I ended up ironing and taking more time than I expected on getting dressed.  

Once that was over with, I didn't have much time for breakfast, so I inhaled some cereal as fast as possible and got out the door.

Once I got off the bus to walk toward my office, about halfway through, I felt something pop me on the shoulder.  After looking over, I could have passed out.  There was a disgusting brown spot on my shoulder from a bird and I still had to take the other half of my walk to the building.



No Need for Facebook Apps?

After writing about my frustration with Facebook's decision to separate it's Messenger feature into a separate app, I continued to read about both sides of the argument.

Though I still don't plan to download the Messenger app, I also decided to delete the regular Facebook app from my Android phone as well.

One of my online colleagues mentioned that many of the security/privacy issues people are worried about with the Messenger app already exist with the regular app.

That wasn't my reason for deleting the app through.



I Don’t Want Another Facebook App

Here's the deal.  Facebook is a free app and it has many great uses and features.

Like many people, I use it almost every day to keep up with people and sometimes just to waste time (I'm working on that part!)

From time to time, I want to chat with some of my friends and relatives and I use the Messenger feature.

It's a pretty cool way to chat back and forth with a person and to share a post that I find interesting with a few select people.

I mostly use the desktop version for posting to Facebook and sending messages, but most people I know use the mobile app.  If I'm not at my computer or if I'm out on an errand, I pull out the smartphone and check in just like most folks. 

As someone who tends to look at website analytics, I know that, more than ever, people are viewing web content and social media from their phones and that percentage will only increase.  That makes it all the more important to make sure mobile users have a pleasant experience.



10 Lessons I Learned from my Dad

During my morning commute on the bus the other day, I decided to tune in to the Focus on the Family podcast (you should check it out sometime!) The guest on this particular show was pastor, author, and entrepreneur, John Maxwell.

Since it was an episode in the week leading up to Father's Day, the topic was geared toward parenting and John Maxwell was sharing about lessons he learned from his dad.

It got me to thinking and I realized that there are many lessons that I too learned from my dad and I wanted to share.



Copycat Kids

In case you are a parent and you haven't realized it yet, your children will imitate you.  Depending on the level of influence you have with them, they will speak like you, they will eat like you, they will think like you, and even react to situations like you.

This can be a good thing if we exhibit good behavior in front of our kids, but of course the opposite is true as well.  If we lose our temper, overreact in situations, or give inappropriate responses, our children are sure to mimic that behavior at some point.



3 Things Every Dad Wants for Father’s Day

Nearly a month ago, millions of women across the country, including my gorgeous wife, were honored for their role as mothers and caregivers.  Many greeting cards were mailed, bouquets of flowers were sent, and gifts of all sorts were given.  In addition to these celebratory actions, I am sure some people even cooked for their mother, grandmother, or wife or possibly shared some sort of special meal at a restaurant.

This month, the time is approaching when the contributions big and small of dads will be celebrated, but not with nearly as much fanfare.  It is a shame that these days so many people have such negative and painful thoughts when it comes to their dads (if they even know who he is).  Despite the negative situations that exist, I feel that more focus should be placed on dads who are actually involved in the lives of their children and who are giving it their best effort.  They should be acknowledged and given the opportunity to get the three things every dad wants for Father's Day.



Timed Just Right

Since I moved to the Houston, Texas area about a month ago,  I have enjoyed being able to take the bus to work via the park and ride system.  

It really frees me up to do more reading and writing without having to focus on what is going on around me on the road.

Another bonus is that I don't use the gas in my vehicle and I'm not putting any miles on it with a considerable commute to and from work.

My process for getting on the bus is pretty easy in the morning.  I hop in the SUV and drive less than a mile to a huge parking lot and then I get on the bus within a few minutes.  Easy enough.

In the evenings, though, it is a different story.  I have to walk several blocks over from the street where my office is and try to get on a bus as soon as possible while recognizing that my end of the street is near the end of the bus line before it gets on the interstate.