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Different View on Saturday

Some friends invited us to kayak with them on Saturday so we spent the day on St. Joe Bay.  Great day exploring around Black’s Island and an even better sunset! Scallops, crabs, conchs and lots of interesting starfish!

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We are blessed!

 


Changing Seasons

We recently hosted our best friends for almost a week here at Mexico Beach.  A number of weeks ago one of them visited for a few days and we were able to share our life now with her.  It’s not perfect but it’s the season of life we’re currently experiencing and enjoying!  Most of our evenings are filled with scenes like this:

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Living in a beach town that has year round residents of about 1,000 has it’s benefits!  Of course the population swells beginning in March and will last until September but that’s ok.

For the past 27 months we’ve traveled every weekend or at least a portion of it to Tallahassee, Florida.  First we commuted from Inverness until September 2012.  Then for 7 months we made the commute from Mexico Beach.  That season of our life was spiritually encouraging and fulfilling.  But I’ve got to admit it was physically draining and not to mention the miles in the car and the time in the car.  We calculated at one point that we spent literally a month (yes, one month) of our lives just commuting!

Cyndi and I both feel we were doing exactly what God wanted us to do during that season.  We experienced lots of cool things, met some unbelievable people, led some great discussions, had some life changing conversations and like to think we were used by God in other’s lives as well.

That season has faded away and now we are taking a break.  A time to refresh physically, emotionally and spiritually.  This may be the first time in a very long time we are embracing a season in life like this.  Without going into all the minute details, we know God has blessed us and placed us exactly where He wants us to be once again.  We know He’s going to use us again in some incredible ways!  We’ve learned that it’s not about being a Christian but instead it’s really about being a follower of Christ and that impacts the way we approach life!

In this season, there’s going to be lots of opportunities to see things like this:

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And who knows?  Maybe our venture into All Tide Up will continue to take off and will open other opportunities for us.  In the meantime, there will continue to be days like this:

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Beach Friends

These guys have been hanging out with us lately:

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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.

 

 


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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Entrepreneurial Friends and Family

Excited for some friends and family who are/have become entrepreneurs with their online business recently!  While the economy may still be tanking and “normal” jobs hard to find, it’s amazing to be around some people who have the desire to follow some dreams!  In full disclosure and transparency, I am involved in one of them.  And in a small bit of promotion, I’m listing their sites here:

My good friend Terry Williams has had several online stores but his most recent and most successful is Tobacco Pipes.  He has some great gift items for you to check out!  Terry has his MBA and is a whiz at network administration and stuff like that.  I’m sorry we don’t work together any more – I could learn a ton from him!

Brent Kraus over at Ella Bing is another very talented friend.  Brent worked for me years ago and has since gone on to be an expert in data base languages and scripts and stuff I really know nothing about!  His entry into online businesses is with bow ties!  If you want to know about bow ties, check his site out!

Ryan Hachenberger is a friend and fellow blogger.  You’ve seen and read some of his stuff at Florida Fowler.  He has recently become a freelance writer as well and is developing a yet to be revealed new website!  Whatever it ends up being, I’m sure it will be worth your while!

As my kids began looking at the success of some of these friends and the success of others they know, they brainstormed for a few months about a new venture.  This past week they (we) launched All Tide Up, an online store for t-shirts, croakies, coastal prints, etc.  It’s still in the development stages but it’s live!


Another Random Wednesday

Just some random thoughts and happenings of late:

A dear friend texted me today and asked if I would like to pray for her upcoming trip to Malaysia!  My answer could never be anything other than of course!  Lisa has spent the last few summers traveling to Malaysia and leading a team in sharing the gospel of Jesus through basketball and developing relationships while there.  Here is a pic of Lisa from last year with some of the folks she was with:

Constantly reminded of the good friends we have and the relationships that have been developed over the past few years. Here are a few examples:

1.  Thankful for friends who are still helping me look for full-time employment.  Ryan over at  Florida Fowler is a great friend and has begun writing again.  He has been on the lookout for me even though it might not always be easy!

2.  Thankful for friends who care about our finances.  This past week I had some car trouble – thought it was going to cost me a lot of $$ to get it running.  Josh and Brandi Hignight offered to drive to Inverness on their anniversary weekend so Josh could fix my car.  Unselfish friends wanting to help us.

3.  I’ve shared before about our friend Matthew who has opened up his home to us for a place to stay as needed as we commute each week to Tallahassee.  Having a houseguest each weekend for about 18 months can’t be easy – even if I am the guest!  Trying to give him a break for a month or so during the summer as we stay in our son’s apartment as needed.

Father’s Day was a blast for me.  I always enjoy spending time with Cyndi, Meghan and Ethan.  This past weekend was no exception.  I have the best wife and children a husband and father could ask for!  Meghan even posted a picture of us from many years ago on one of her own blogs, The Life of Mugs!

Reminded this week of the value in investing in others.  You may never know how much impact you can have on those around you!  And the impact others will have on you!