Category Archives: Random

Saturdays

Here are a few pics of some of our Saturdays over the past few weeks:

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Sunrise in Panama City a few weeks ago!

 

 

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Same sunrise kinda framed by some oak trees.

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I canoed and played in this bay more than 40 years ago when there was a summer camp on the shores.

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Part of our tailgate food for the FSU/UF football game.  Bad outcome for the Seminoles but a great pregame party put on by Tri-Eagle Distributors – fried gator, gumbo, raw oysters and of course a lot of different beverages!

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And some live music by a local band Houston Deese – some friends of ours!

 

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Random Thoughts 11/30

Random thoughts that have consumed me this week:

1. Thankful for a wife who keeps me grounded!

2. Don’t know why I continue to be surprised at God’s timing.  It’s always perfect. Even when I don’t understand it.

3. Amazed that 3 years ago we dreamed of living at Mexico Beach and today it’s a reality.

4. I like listening to The Dixie Chicks. And Fine Young Cannibals.

5. We moved into our new place and still have 3 large storage units of stuff!

6. Glad there are moving companies to haul our stuff up to the third floor – no elevators.

7. When your expectations of your favorite athletic teams aren’t high, you don’t experience frustration when they lose.

8. I miss the homeless friends we fed and hung out with in Hernando. Need to find a way to plug-in here.

9. Grateful for friends willing to take a chance on me employment wise! Will be forever thankful.

10. Excited for one of our biggest opportunities at City Church Tallahassee – Christmas at the Moon!  People will come to this nightclub with their friends when they would never go to church with them.

11. Curious to see how far All Tide Up will go!

12. Encouraged by leaders I’m around every day – people who truely care about other people!

13. Life in the South is just funny sometimes!  People, things, food – all of it – but I don’t know what I would trade it for!

14. The idea of spending less and giving more. And not just giving what’s left over.

 

 


Typical Day in Paradise

A typical weekend day at the beach for us:

 

 

 

 

 

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2012 Election, Social Media, Football and Other Random Thoughts

Some random thoughts about life over the past few weeks:

I really am amazed at the lack of civility among adults. People who, under normal circumstances would demand respect, seem to not feel others should be afforded the same courtesy.  This has never been so evident to me than in the past few months regarding the 2012 presidential elections. People seem to think social media is an open opportunity to spew their bias, hate and arrogance towards anyone who will read it – maybe that is what its for, but I doubt it.

President Obama appears to have won the popular vote and enough electoral college votes to be reelected as President of the United States.  As such, I believe we have a responsibility to pray for him and support him.

I really wanted someone to question the magic, marriage underwear during the presidential debates!

College football continues to be one of the most sacred activities in the South.  Confession:  I have season ticket to FSU football and am a graduate of Auburn University, so I am just as guilty as those I write about.  Even with one of the worst seasons in university history, tens of thousands of people fill Jordan Hare Stadium each home game – win or lose, it’s tradition!

Some of the most beautiful, unfiltered views of the Apalachicola Bay can be found driving along Highway 98. And who knew you could get a great seafood lunch of fish, crab, clams, hush puppies, cole slaw and cheese grits for under $7.00?

While I didn’t think I wanted to ever get back in the business of workforce development, I’m thankful some friends of mine gave me an opportunity to return.  Helping others with employment and training opportunities has helped me remember how blessed I am.  Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board has some dedicated staff who truly care for people!

While I’m not much for tradition, I do like the tradition of family at holidays.  Looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and the opportunity to spend time with our kids!  If you’ve read some of my ramblings before you know that we don’t spend much money on ourselves during the holidays, instead, we choose to spend it on those less fortunate than us.  It starts now with some food drives.  Skip a dinner out this week and buy some food to donate to a family in need or the very least your local food pantry!

Christmas Challenge:  Spend Less. Give More.  Check out Advent Conspiracy for ways to turn your holidays upside down!

Not a big fan of Daylight Savings Time right now.  By the time I get home from work, it’s too late to enjoy the sunsets along the coast at Mexico Beach.  Can’t wait until it’s a regular activity for us again!

 

 


Some Monday Thoughts

A  few Monday thoughts:

1. Sundays are one of  my favorite days now.  I get to meet dozens of new people each week and introduce them to opportunities or next steps in their journey!

2. Unfortunately most times I don’t remember all of the people I meet each week!

3. Had a great conversation with a bank officer today about how God is in control of every detail in our lives.  This same person showed incredible generosity to Cyndi and I three years ago when I lost my job.  Details matter.

4. I miss leading and participating in community groups each week.  Relationships are nurtured in community.

5. Despite a  lot of current chatter on social media, people don’t want to be dependent on public assistance of most any kind.  I work with dozens if not hundreds of people who want to work but can’t because there aren’t enough jobs their skill sets match.

6. Christmas on the Moon is one of my favorite services each year.  We move our Christmas church service to The Moon – a local nightclub in Tallahassee. People who don’t want to go to a “church” will go to a nightclub!  Why not share Jesus with them?

7.  I wonder if anyone is actually persuaded to vote for a candidate because of a yard sign or a television commercial?  I bet not.

8.  I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

9. My wife is my biggest supporter and encourager.  I’m more than lucky she agreed to be my wife more than 30 years ago!

10.  Divine opportunities are often overlooked.  Mainly because we become self focused on don’t really look outside our own little worlds.

 


Monday 10-22-12

Random thoughts today about the last few days:

1.  I currently live in one of the most beautiful places on earth – Mexico Beach – and most of the people who live here don’t even take advantage of the beauty!

2.  Watching and hearing the stories of life change never gets old!  I love being part of a church that cares about people – City Church Tallahassee is for real!

3.  Michael Mears is one of the most passionate speakers I know.  His message about the gospel and our money was one of the best I have heard.  Proud he is my friend and office mate!

4.  People like Josh and Brandi Hignight are what make organizations succeed.  Josh and Brandi have a three-week old son – Benjamin.  They got up early Sunday and drove to Tallahassee so Josh could fulfill his duties as an usher at church.  Not because he had to but because he wanted to do it.  Love my friends!

5.  My daughter ran not one but two 5K races this weekend.  And she got 3rd place in her age group on Sunday!  A year ago she wasn’t even running and in December she’ll participate in a half marathon.  Proud Dad!

6.  Amazed at the low-level of civility in political discourse today.  In years past I would laugh at news clips from things happening in the British Parliament – we have become just like it in our lack of respect for each other – sad days.

7.  Working to help displaced seafood workers in the Apalachicola Bay area is one of the most intense things I’ve done.  People all over are hurting and just want someone to be an advocate for them.  It’s not going to be an easy solution but hopefully there will be a lasting one in the days ahead.

8.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are exciting times for us.  We try to ramp up our giving to those less fortunate than we are at this time of year.  We won’t have a big Thanksgiving dinner so we can give more to someone who doesn’t have one at all.  We’ll find a way to spend some money and some time with people at Christmas who otherwise wouldn’t have anything.  Kind of feel that’s what Jesus would want us to do.

Who know what the week will bring but I know I’ll be spending some evenings like this:

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Mid October Thoughts

It’s been six weeks since we packed up everything we owned (ok it did take more than one trip) and moved from Inverness to Mexico Beach, Florida.  May be one of the best moves we have ever made!  Here are a few thoughts bouncing around:

1.  Jonathan Merritt gave an amazing sermon at City Church Tallahassee on Sunday.  Probably 900 people had the opportunity to hear him during the day and I’m sure others listened live on-line and/or will download the message from Itunes this week.  To paraphrase some of his words – “To live as Jesus lived, we have  to be present among those who need us.”  “It’s not your vote that’s going to change the world, it’s your own hands.”

2.  Loved have the opportunity to baptize my friend, Ryan Hachenberger  on Sunday morning!  Check out his blog, Florida Fowler, and you can see his baptism testimony online at City Church Tallahassee too!

3.  I have a blast each week introducing people to City Church through our 101 opportunities (general questions about getting involved) and our monthly Ownership Experiences (taking a formal step of membership).  People want to belong.  People need to belong.  Helping them find their next step is exciting – not everyone is at the same point in their journey and sometimes we just need some encouragement to get to the next spot!

4.  Annual Parent’s Weekend at Florida State University this past weekend!  Always a good time.  Both of my children were/are in the Greek system at FSU.  Totally different types of Parent’s Weekend celebrations!  Meghan’s Phi Mu events were always a brunch or lunch type event that involved a social time followed by a meal.  Very much a chance to show case the house and everyone had a chance to meet other parents/sisters, etc.  Ethan’s Kappa Sigma events are more of a tailgate event.  Food, beverages, bands, dancing, etc.  Always a good time at both of them – just different!

5.  One of the best things about our new location is the sunset.  We have the opportunity every evening to walk along Florida’s Gulf Coast and enjoy the magnificent sunsets that take place.  We actually do this about 3-4 times a week.  What an incredible way to unwind and let any stress go away!  Will post some of my views soon!

6.  Starting the planning for another trip to Cartagena in August 2013!  Excited about the opportunity to work beside our friend Alex Rocha there!  Hopeful for the work that will be done.

7.  Momma Goldberg’s sandwiches in Tallahassee are just as good as the original in Auburn, Alabama!  The only difference is I eat them in the afternoon instead of 2 or 3 in the morning now!

8.  My friends at Ella Bing and Tobacco Pipes inspired us to launch All Tide Up.  Check out all of these sites for some interesting products!  Each different but unique!