Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks!

Holy bologna! My son is going on ten, oldest daughter is almost four and my youngest three!

Have you ever just had one of those moments; as a father that you look at your child and in that second realize that they have grown so much?

Maybe it is because I work away from home and my wife working from home gets to see these things everyday that she is completely aware of them. My oldest daughter Grace is three going on ten. Grace is that little girl that will ask twenty questions about why we are driving down the road. She is also the little girl that will correct you when you give her an answer that isn’t true.

Example: “Dad where are we going?”     Me:  “Going to the store.”           Grace: “Dad this is the road home, not to the store.”

But one of things that I am extremely grateful this season is growth and health. Each day I get to wake up and see my children grow, learn, and be excited about the world. Sometimes the days are not as exciting as others but even those struggles are not without some enjoyment. So as this Thanksgivings passes us by I give thanks to the Lord for the health that he has given my children, the wisdom and patience of my wife, and joys that my children fill my heart with.

I hope that  each of you have your joys to be thankful for, and remember to thank those that bring joy into your world.

Looking Into the Past – Pictures of Our History

flip-book-birthday-invites-1Last year my family took a vacation. We managed to put together a plan and fight the world back enough to take a vacation. Crazy right?! I will say this though, we took it after vacation season had ended and the weather turned sour, but at least we can say we took a vacation. For an entire week we watched it rain and enjoyed being stuck inside somewhere besides our house. No pity necessary, we did get some sunshine and did manage to play at the beach a few times. All in all it was a huge success! Quick back step, as a reward for a great year prior I bought my wife a “nice” camera with our tax return money prior to our vacation. With that in mind, one can only imagine how many photos were taken over the course of a week.

Hundreds! No kidding, between my wife and I we took hundreds of photos.

Funny side story, my wife accidently deleted all of them. That’s when Super Husband managed to retrieve the data and save the day.

Today we are blessed with the access to a camera almost instantly no matter where we are or what time of the day it is. Between cameras, tablets, and cell phones almost nothing gets missed. My son’s last school performance was most likely recorded from 60 different angles. With two daughters strapped in to a double stroller my wife and sat in the back of the lunch room where the performance was being held. From where I sat I could see the stage without a problem; that was until the performance started. With the first note of the song a sea of arms went up with devices attached recording every second. It was like watching meerkats emerge from their hiding places in the ground. In front of me I watched as a lady leaned to the left because her phone’s view was blocked by a large tablet. I even found myself watching the whole performance through the screen of a tablet in front of me, I couldn’t see otherwise. I am no perfect person when it comes to my children, if I had the camera I would’ve most likely been at the back of the room, zooming in over the heads of those in front me, getting the perfect shot! And I am even willing to admit I have 300 hundred photos on my phone of my wife, son, and daughters.

Today I looked at those pictures. I was sitting in my car at lunch and had decided to flips though my photos. Picture by picture time was reversed and the days of a year ago played in front of my eyes. I watched as my daughter, only a year old and couldn’t speak barely a word, played at the playground. I watched as my son went from needing help holding a hammer to hit a nail; to needing no assistance at all for the whole assembly at our monthly Home Depot clinics. As I got closer to the pictures I took just the other day I reflected on growth of my children, reflected on the growth of our family, and took an honest look at my heart. Would you like to know what I found?

I am a blessed father and husband. I have three wonderful children that are happy, (most of the time) healthy, and smarter than I ever will be. I have a woman who showers me with her love and support every step I make (even the wrong ones).  Lastly I found that God has given me the last year to stretch, that’s right God asked very little of me last year, but tested my faith even more than the year before.

I encourage everyone when you lay your children down tonight, tell them good night and take mentally picture of your child’s face. Then pick up your cell phone and just flip through the photos.  Take that moment, that feeling, and honor God with praise.kid-sleeping

We all are the luckiest people alive; to be husbands and fathers.

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Crazy Southern Snow

In Alaska there are 4 seasons; snow, snow, snow, and pot holes. Or at least that’s what they said when I lived there.
In the south on the other hand; summer, rain, extra summer, and every once in a while SNOW! The last couple of weeks the south has had a couple of flurries. If you were anywhere near Atlanta in 2014 then you will recall SNOWMAGEDON! Thousands of people were release on to the road ways at the same time with the sole purpose of retrieving their children and getting home before it was too late. Little did these people know but it was already too late. By the time people realized that the snow would cause an interruption in the life of the south, the snow had already begun to pile up on the road. So the effect was simply one wreck led to another, in such the traffic came to a stop. With traffic not moving the plow trucks couldn’t clear the roads or apply salt. Soon the hills were too slick to climb and people just abandoned their cars completely.
Growing up in Alaska this was just crazy to watch. One of my co-workers sat in traffic for six hours, only to pull over ten miles from home and walk.
This crazy guy was a department manager at the time of a production department. About fifteen people worked under me and all of them watched the weather. Without getting into the difficulties of deciding when enough snow qualified shutting down production, I had one goal. Make sure everyone made on to the roads and shutting down the shop.
I laugh now and have promised my wife it would never happen again, but last year by the time I had the shop locked down, I was the last one there. I looked outside, watched the weather report, listened to the news, and all I seen was craziness. So on the night of Snowmagedon 2014 I sat at my desk and watched a season of “How I Met Your Mother” on Netflix.
This year a completely different story! As soon as the radar showed my road covered by clouds, I was on the road. Good thing too. About an hour after I settled at home the roads we covered with snow and ice.
Lesson learned, OH YEAH!