Introducing "Charlotte"

In order to avoid doing a “New Year” post or reflecting any further on 2010, I thought I would give a quick guitar update. Let me introduce you all to my Christmas present…perfectly named by “the boy”…Charlotte. About 6 weeks ago, I told you all that I went on a shopping trip with my friend and worship leader Ted. We tried many guitars but in my heart of hearts, I wanted one that was black and I love the brand “Takamine”. The only problem was that my budget and Takamine were not in the same discussion. All of the guitars … Continue reading Introducing "Charlotte"

Introducing “Charlotte”

In order to avoid doing a “New Year” post or reflecting any further on 2010, I thought I would give a quick guitar update. Let me introduce you all to my Christmas present…perfectly named by “the boy”…Charlotte. About 6 weeks ago, I told you all that I went on a shopping trip with my friend and worship leader Ted. We tried many guitars but in my heart of hearts, I wanted one that was black and I love the brand “Takamine”. The only problem was that my budget and Takamine were not in the same discussion. All of the guitars … Continue reading Introducing “Charlotte”

I’d Do It All Over Again!

Got an email tonight that they put together a video for the Charlotte 1/2 Marathon (Full and 5K too) from this past weekend. While we must have ended up on the cutting room floor somewhere, this will give you all an idea of what it was like. I literally loved every minute of this one. Something special about making the memory in Charlotte. I added a few of the photos they took at the race to the bottom of the post. I’m too cheap to buy these and we forgot our camera. As long as we’re not selling them, hopefully they … Continue reading I’d Do It All Over Again!

I'd Do It All Over Again!

Got an email tonight that they put together a video for the Charlotte 1/2 Marathon (Full and 5K too) from this past weekend. While we must have ended up on the cutting room floor somewhere, this will give you all an idea of what it was like. I literally loved every minute of this one. Something special about making the memory in Charlotte. I added a few of the photos they took at the race to the bottom of the post. I’m too cheap to buy these and we forgot our camera. As long as we’re not selling them, hopefully they … Continue reading I'd Do It All Over Again!

What Might Have Been

Funny how this happens. It’s been well documented here, but in September of 2008, we sold our house and were headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. In what would be a whirlwind weekend, we picked the kids up from school on Friday and headed south to Charlotte to find a home. After a marathon session of searching for a home, we went to bed that Saturday night with visions of the house pictured above (and a VERY solid offer) dancing in our heads. By Sunday morning that old “check in the spirit” was ringing for both of us and we decided … Continue reading What Might Have Been

Charlotte Playlist

You will need to forgive me this week as I am looking ahead to the weekend. It sounds crazy, but there is something about the city of Charlotte that just gets in my blood. While I’ve never spent more than a few days there at a time, some part of me feels like it’s “home”. Maybe one day it will be. Until then, I cherish every moment and hour I can spend there. This weekend will be a whirlwind tour with very little time to relax. We’re sure to get an up close tour of the city while running 13.1 … Continue reading Charlotte Playlist

Go Panthers!

I’ve said it before but I officially left “Raider Nation” this summer in favor of the Carolina Panthers. Much of this decision is due to my hope that they will one day be my hometown team. Much to my surprise, my Panthers (see how quickly they became “my”) are in the playoffs and favored by some to reach the Super Bowl! Couple of quick notes as you watch the game this weekend. I went to Indianapolis yesterday to draw the name of a lucky employee that received a 5 day/4 night trip to Tampa Bay to attend the Super Bowl. … Continue reading Go Panthers!

Something Big

  In March of this year, we began a journey that took a BIG turn yesterday. Huge. In reviewing that post tonight. I recalled quoting the lyrics of John Waller when he sang: “Something so big, it’s destined to fail without you Lord” Friends, readers and those that may be visiting for the first time, I have an announcement to make…. In a little over two weeks, the Conrad family will become official residence of Charlotte, North Carolina. Yes, you read that correctly. TWO WEEKS! I told you it was big. As late as Tuesday evening, I was just telling … Continue reading Something Big

Charlotte Update

I’m sitting at the airport in Detroit on my way to Norfolk and was reminded on my flight that it was probably time for a Charlotte Update. To be honest there is not a whole lot to update at this point. While we continue to wait on an offer on the house, we also continue to try to figure out what the time between “now and then” will look like. We’ve had visits but almost each one was someone that gave great feedback but needed to sell their house first. The kids start school this week, so it is another … Continue reading Charlotte Update

Virtual Reality

It has been a few weeks and I probably owe each of you a Charlotte update. I entitled this post “Virtual Reality” because that is what we continue to sense and have a complete peace about. It’s a peace that literally passes all understanding. Are there times of “what are we doing”? Sure. Yet when we anticipate what God must have in store for us to call us away from what we know and love, we find reason to weather those moments of uncertainty. In terms of “when”, that all depends on the housing market. As my middle child told … Continue reading Virtual Reality

What About Now?

One of the curses blessings of a blog is that people (some you don’t even know) get a glimpse into your life. Depending on your level of disclosure, it can all be out there for the entire world (literally) to see. I sit here today wishing I could type the entire Charlotte story and the overwhelming peace which God has given us. I wish I could tell you about every single thing along the journey that has directed our decision and every doubt that has been answered. The truth is that the post would be VERY long. You might be … Continue reading What About Now?

Big Things!!!!

Wow. This has been quite a week…. First off, it is with excitement and pride that I announce that my wife now has a BLOG!!! I think she got the bug when she signed up for Facebook recently and now she is officially a blogger. I am both thrilled and disappointed. I am thrilled that the blog world will now get a glimpse into the life of the one that is the grace of my life. I’m disappointed because I just became the second best blogger in our household. That I am okay with though. Check out her new blog … Continue reading Big Things!!!!

Hebrews 11:1

For well over a year and a half now, I have climbed aboard plane after plane. Week after week and month after month, I step onto an airplane and never once see the pilot. I’ve never spoken to one of them. I’ve not had the opportunity to ask them 100 questions before deciding if I trust them. I don’t know if they are tired, qualified, drunk, or even know where we are going. I just walk back to my seat, buckle up and keep my seat and tray table in the upright position. So why won’t I do the same … Continue reading Hebrews 11:1

Charlotte Reflections

We’re back. Just in time for me to jet to Miami in a few days. We had a great time in Charlotte. Below are some reflections from the 4 days that were Carolina… 1. How did we travel before portable DVD players, GPS, Cell Phones, Twitter, texting, mobile web and facebook updates via text? 2. I have officially tried REAL sweet tea, fried pickles, southern potato salad and Carolina Bar-b-que. 3. Downtown Charlotte may be the cleanest city I have ever seen in all of my travels. 4. Tar Heel and Panther gear is 100% more available and 50% cheaper … Continue reading Charlotte Reflections

Waiting for Lightning

I once had a friend that would say he was “waiting for a sign” before he would believe or have faith. He once told me this as we sat in his lovely home surrounded by comfort. I looked at his children as they were happy, healthy and playing. I thought about his wife and how they had a happy marriage. I thought about how they were both employed with great jobs and comfortable incomes. As we left their home, I noticed the 2 new cars in the garage. I couldn’t help but think to myself…”what other sign do you need”. … Continue reading Waiting for Lightning

Blog Karma

How about a quick shout out to my new favorite NASCAR Driver Kasey Kahne winning the Coca Cola 600! Must be some blog karma workin’ after my post about him late last week. Could have something to do with the fact that the race was held in none other than Concord, North Carolina. Coincidence? I think not. As I said last week, my employer sponsors Kahne (more specifically Evernham Racing) so it was good to actually watch him finish on top. Elliot Sadler (our primary driver) finished somewhere in the top 5 as well. I am also admitting that I … Continue reading Blog Karma

Folded Corners

My good friend Denny taught me a trick a few years ago of folding the corner on the pages I wanted to remember. I let my fingers do the walking through those page folds tonight and below are the quotes that I found. Interesting that they mean as much to me now (maybe more) as they did when I read Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus a year ago. “We all want miracles and then spend our lives avoiding the context in which miracles happen” (pg 71) “Most of life’s challenges are a test of first-dimension faith – trusting God with … Continue reading Folded Corners

Crazy….

“No we’re never gonna survive unless we are a little crazy” – Seal A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with my boss and he said the strangest thing. I don’t even remember the context, but his statement went like this; “Aaron, everyone’s got a little crazy in them. Some just show it more than other’s” For the life of me, I don’t know why I still remember that. Maybe it’s the “little bit-o-crazy” that is sneaking out of me. I think he’s right though. I think there are times when we absolutely need to be! I remember the … Continue reading Crazy….

Tips and Tolls

Yesterday morning I set out on the drive to Charlotte, North Carolina. As I was cruising along, enjoying the incredible weather, I noted the sign “Toll booth ahead“. Uh-oh. If you’re like me you don’t often carry cash. I pretty well use the debit card for all transactions. Tip #1 There are 3 toll booths on I-77 in West Virginia ($1.25 each) I was frantically digging through the car looking for change as I got closer and closer. I only came up with .95 cents. When I pulled up to the booth I said “I’ve got .95 cents…and a debit … Continue reading Tips and Tolls

For The Love Of…

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane…shall we? For those that have followed this thing since the beginning, you might remember when I wrote a post 3 years ago about a dilemma I was having (HERE). Matter of fact, last time the Tar Heels played for a championship, Heather almost had a baby…literally! (Details HERE) So it just seems appropriate that we are steamrolling our way into Final Four weekend and the Karma is everywhere. See if you can follow the bouncing ball on this one. You might have noticed that I am trying to discern a major decision which … Continue reading For The Love Of…

Where Do You Turn?

Interesting time around this head of mine. I am flip flopping more than John Kerry in the 2004 Election. I am interested in what others do in times of decisions that involve hearing from God. It has been my experience that you sense God is speaking through one direction. You then try to accumulate the data or signs that might also be pointing in that direction as validation of what you think you sensed. Yet if you are like me, you need to speak to others to confirm, gain input, wisdom or understanding. Or do you? That is what the … Continue reading Where Do You Turn?

Between the lines…

I’m not referring to the basketball team here…. Carolina in my Mind by James Taylor Dark and silent late last night I think I might have heard the highway calling Geese in flight and dogs that bite Signs that might be omens say I’m going, going I’m goin’ to Carolina in my mind With a holy host of others standing ’round me Still I’m on the dark side of the moon And it seems like it goes on like this forever You must forgive me If I’m up and gone to Carolina in my mind Continue reading Between the lines…

The Voice Part II

After some emails and phone conversations, I guess I need to answer some questions that have come up regarding my previous post. Sorry it was a bit cryptic, but to quote Brian McKnight “in all things time, time will reveal“. While we all wait, let me answer a few of those questions and put some rumors to rest. 1. I am not going to build a baseball field in my backyard. I don’t even own corn. 2. I am not going into business with bornandbreded. 3. I am not going into the ministry. 4. I am not quitting my job, … Continue reading The Voice Part II

The Voice….

In one of my favorite songs by John Waller, he states that he wants to do “something so big, it’s destined to fail without you Lord“. Well over the weekend, I started to hear “the voice”. You know the one I am talking about. The one that makes you say “you’re kidding right”. I have spent the better part of two days going through scenarios in my mind of the implications of what I felt (and feel) like “the voice” said. If I made a list with two columns on it that said “makes sense” and “makes no sense”, the … Continue reading The Voice….