He said “Thanks”!

Big moment last night at our house. Halftime of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game hit at the kids bedtime hour so we all headed upstairs for a story and prayers. Since the Buckeyes were getting beat by 20 when we went upstairs, my sons request to stay up and watch the rest of the game was denied by management (me). It wasn’t received well, but was received none the less. Off to bed he went. I’m not sure how it is with your kids, but I wish I had a dollar for each time I have had to … Continue reading He said “Thanks”!

He said "Thanks"!

Big moment last night at our house. Halftime of the Ohio State vs. Michigan State game hit at the kids bedtime hour so we all headed upstairs for a story and prayers. Since the Buckeyes were getting beat by 20 when we went upstairs, my sons request to stay up and watch the rest of the game was denied by management (me). It wasn’t received well, but was received none the less. Off to bed he went. I’m not sure how it is with your kids, but I wish I had a dollar for each time I have had to … Continue reading He said "Thanks"!

Soulja Boy

This song and dance is everywhere. After seeing some little kids performing it while I was at the Ohio State Basketball game tonight, I am determined to teach it to Brynn. Since the last dance craze I know and can remember is the electric slide, I went looking for some help. Who else to have as your personal dance instructor than Lebron James himself? For those that have missed it (I might be the only one)…here’s how to “Soulja Boy” Continue reading Soulja Boy

Walking the Walk…

“You can say what you think, but you will live what you believe” – Mark Hall I witnessed something today that still has me reflecting on it. Simply put, I witnessed two friends “walking the walk” in their lives. They probably don’t know I noticed. My guess is that they are not even aware that anyone noticed. I would also bet the house that they are not even thinking “I sure hope someone saw that”. It’s not in their nature. It’s not their style. It is how they live what they believe. What I saw today on two separate occasions … Continue reading Walking the Walk…

Upset in the BCS Standings!

Tis the season. The regulars and those that know me well know that I have a weakness for two things – Diet Coke and Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches. Over the years I have developed a little ranking system on the very best Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches in Columbus, Ohio. I am here today to announce that there has been an upset! It all started with my man “D-Rich” and I having lunch at a place over on campus called “Wendell’s“. When they delivered our Buffalo Chicken, I knew that the previous number one (Max and Erma’s) was in for big trouble. After … Continue reading Upset in the BCS Standings!

The End of the Innocence

Several years ago the shoe company “Keds” had an advertising campaign that simply asked some questions. I don’t know why it has stuck with me all these years, but it was great marketing. Featured in the commercial was a small girl with her Keds on and the narrator simply said things like: “What size Keds will you be wearing when you lose your first tooth?” “What size Keds will you be wearing when you meet your first boyfriend?” “What size Keds will you be wearing when the first of your friends gets married?” What captured me in this 30 second … Continue reading The End of the Innocence

Best Day, Worst Day

I have found that the older I get, the funnier the movie “City Slickers” is. Maybe it is because it is hitting close to home now that I am older. There are several real truths in this movie. The book “Wild at Heart” should be required reading before seeing this film. The clip below could easily be called “The Wound” (for those of have read WAH). I post it today because of what Billy Crystal says. It underlines why tonights game means a lot to me. It identifies why I know that someday, it will mean even more to my … Continue reading Best Day, Worst Day

Sneek Preview – "Cinderella"

This doesn’t come out until Tuesday, but this will be a MUST BUY for any father with daughters. It’s a beautiful song which will appear on the blog soon. While we wait, here are the lyrics from “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman from the upcoming release of “This Moment”. You can also hear it at Steven’s Myspace page. Dad’s hold onto your heart strings…and your daughters while you listen to this one. “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman She spins and she sways to whatever song plays Without a care in the world and I’m sitting here wearin’ the weight of … Continue reading Sneek Preview – "Cinderella"

Sneek Preview – “Cinderella”

This doesn’t come out until Tuesday, but this will be a MUST BUY for any father with daughters. It’s a beautiful song which will appear on the blog soon. While we wait, here are the lyrics from “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman from the upcoming release of “This Moment”. You can also hear it at Steven’s Myspace page. Dad’s hold onto your heart strings…and your daughters while you listen to this one. “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman She spins and she sways to whatever song plays Without a care in the world and I’m sitting here wearin’ the weight of … Continue reading Sneek Preview – “Cinderella”

Heal the Wound, Leave the Scar

I need to give credit to my wife for this post. The only reason I downloaded the new Point of Grace CD was for her. They are great, but I don’t usually listen to a lot of their music. After downloading it, I gave it a quick listen. The very first song I played was a song called “Heal the Wound”. I literally said “WOW” as I was listening to it. Let me give you some background. My wife has been training for a marathon now for over a year. She feels that it is something that God has called … Continue reading Heal the Wound, Leave the Scar

Time Tested

Somewhere in my jedi training, I stumbled across a list of “life” things to remember. I can’t remember where I found it, but it was sometime around my senior year in college. I printed it off and made it somewhat of a creed for myself. Since then, it has hung in my cubicle at my first job, in the bathroom of my apartment (when I was single 🙂 ) and most recently on our treadmill. It’s worn and tattered, but the words are still so true. Thought I would share it with you all as well. I didn’t write it, … Continue reading Time Tested

Easy Silence

“Easy silence that you make for me It’s okay when there’s nothing more to say to me And the peaceful quiet you create for me And the way you keep the world at bay for me” -Dixie Chicks I’m a talker by nature (surprise, surprise). While silence is often golden, I can’t stand to sit with another human being in complete silence. I have found that there are two kinds of silence. The first is uneasy silence. This happens sitting next to a stranger on an airplane, crowded elevators, being a hotel room alone, standing on a stage and having … Continue reading Easy Silence

Beyond Words…

Have you ever had that question where you are asked “if you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be”? My list isn’t really all that inspiring or extensive. There is one name that would be at the top though. Max Lucado. If I could choose one author that has inspired, challenged and changed me, he would be the one. It’s not that I am a crazed fan or anything, I just would like to shake his hand. Today…I got that chance. Someone must have tipped Max off about the fact that if you want to score points … Continue reading Beyond Words…

Refine Me

“…See I will refine and test them, for what else can I do…” (Jeremiah 9:7) In the movie “Bruce Almighty”, Jim Carrey is given ultimate power. However, one of the rules is that he cannot mess with free will. In one of his discussions with God (Morgan Freeman), he says “how can I make someone love me without messing with free will?”. To which God replies “If you can figure it out, let me know. I have been trying for years”. Our walk would be so easy if it wasn’t for that darn free will. As Jennifer Knapp sings “Lord, … Continue reading Refine Me

Stealing Cinderella

I gotta lay off of the country music. Actually, once again, my sister called to give me fair warning on this one. No sooner did I get in the car and it came on the radio. Just when I recovered from “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, along came “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. Now there’s this one. Let me put it this way..Ya’ll gotta stop this. Somehow, I have to get through two “fellas” stealing my Cinderellas! As I am typing this, I am reminded that I guess I stole someones Cinderella once too. “Stealing Cinderella” by Chuck … Continue reading Stealing Cinderella

Don't Blink

You just knew I couldn’t let a milestone like my son riding a bike without training wheels go by without some post about them growing up too fast. I was all set to just let it slide by and maybe even deny it a bit. Then I heard the song “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney. I should have known better. It’s certainly not a song for those of us parents that are already dreading how quickly our kids are growing up. If that wasn’t enough, I received an email this morning from someone I highly respect and whose wisdom I … Continue reading Don't Blink

Don’t Blink

You just knew I couldn’t let a milestone like my son riding a bike without training wheels go by without some post about them growing up too fast. I was all set to just let it slide by and maybe even deny it a bit. Then I heard the song “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney. I should have known better. It’s certainly not a song for those of us parents that are already dreading how quickly our kids are growing up. If that wasn’t enough, I received an email this morning from someone I highly respect and whose wisdom I … Continue reading Don’t Blink