National Marriage Week

This week, many people and organizations are celebrating National Marriage Week.  It is a week to recognize married couples and the institution of marriage.

I have been hearing podcasts and seeing blog posts about marriage, including this one by my friend Jackie Bledsoe, Jr.  The blog and social media posts I have seen have been very encouraging and they have also served as reminders that, though marriage is work, it can also be a tremendous blessing.

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One reminder that has come to me this week is one of the best gifts we can give our children is to love our spouse well.  Just setting that example is something that our children will remember much longer than any gifts that we will buy or any experiences that we can give them such as trips or vacations.

 

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No More Glass Donut Displays

I have a confession to make.
 
I REALLY like sugar.  I like cake.  I like sugary breads. I like brownies.  I like pastries, especially the Bon Appetit Apple Turnover Danish pastries.  I also like donuts…a lot!
 
Growing up in Baton Rouge, I came to have an appreciation for Krispy Kreme.  Like so many thousands of people living in that city, I knew what it was like to pass by and see the HOT light on and stop in to get the donuts in their freshest form.
 
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Then, when I moved to the Houston area, I discovered that there was a Shipley's Donuts right outside of my neighborhood that is less than 5 minutes away in walking distance.

Of course, I've already stopped by there too many times.

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My One Word for 2015

Last year, I wrote a blog post about my one word for 2014.

In that post, I shared that the word I selected to define 2014 was "measure".

Now, looking back on the past year, I believe that measuring various areas of my life positively contributed to the experiences that I'm having today.
 
I planned out how I could better measure our finances, meal planning, eating, work tasks, and more and I belive that it started some habits that will care over into 2015.
 
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I couldn't have imagined when I started last year that I would experience so much change from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.  I left my old job and my hometown and started out a new season as a Texan (no, I'm not on the football team with J.J. Watt, but maybe they'll pick me up for a couple of seasons after reading my post).

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Ladies, This Could Save Your Life

So, you're probably thinking "What does this guy know that could save a lady's life?"

I'm glad you asked.  I know this post may seem weird coming from a guy, but I do have a wife and three daughters and since it is October, the month recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I figured that I would share something that I learned.

This morning while browsing through articles in an effort to develop blog topics, I read something that bothered me a lot.  

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To Eat The Grapes or Not Eat The Grapes

Last week, I was running a brief errand to the grocery store to pick up a few things that we needed for the house.

My wife had sent a text message with the list of things we needed…only 5 or 6 things, but I didn’t want to forget anything.

One of the things that was on the list was fruits. I walked over to the produce area and the thought occurred to me that I could possibly get some grapes as a healthy snack for my time at work.

I’m trying to eat healthier and I think eating grapes is much better than eating some of the sugary, processed food that I somehow seem to find every time I want to lose weight.

As I got to the area, I could see this lady coming around the corner where the grapes were. While glancing up to see the price of the fruit, I noticed that the lady had a mouth full of grapes.

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Youth Coaches, Is It Really That Serious?

I went to my nephew’s game the other night for a youth football league and most of the players were in their upper-elementary school years.  My wife and I had been to games before for young kids, but being that “everything is bigger in Texas”, we didn’t know exactly what to expect with this game.

We got there and discovered that the junior high field that they were playing on looked a lot better than many I’ve seen at the high school level.  I was thinking, “man these kids have it made to be able to play on such a beautiful field”.

Anyway, after we got settled in, we looked around and spotted our nephew decked out in a uniform that closely resembled the uniforms of the professional team of the same name.  Once play started, I was eager to see what they would do.

Of course, the level of play was not what you see when you watch NFL, college, or even high school football games, but the kids were doing a good job…at least to me.  The kids had some of the fundamentals down and I was impressed with the potential that I saw as I watched them rush, pass, and pull off double-reverse plays.

What stood out to me while I was there was the level of intensity of some of the coaches.  It reminded me of times when I didn’t feel like playing little league sports because I didn’t want to deal with hollering or the pressure or intensity that was often used when all I wanted to do was have fun.

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.

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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.

 

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The Number One Reason to Have a Twitter Account

I can remember the moment when I first signed up for a Twitter account.

It was December of 2009 and I was attending the Do It With Drupal conference in New Orleans, LA and one of the speakers was talking about keeping up with event details and postings via Twitter.  They encouraged us to sign up if we had not yet created an account and I did it.

At first it seemed a bit silly, but after a few days, I was starting to get the hang of it. 

Now that it is 4.5 years later, I wouldn't say that I'm a pro at Twitter, but I have a much better grasp of how to use it and how to get a better experience from the tool.

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