Self Seeking, Easily Angered

Why oh why must this stuff all come together at once! Like the great philosopher George Costanza once said “Worlds are colliding and George is gettin’ upset!!!“. This weekend I had the opportunity to walk a mile in my wife’s shoes. Before you think I tried on a pair of her high heels, it’s a phrase, not literal. I am so glad she had the opportunity to attend “She Speaks” for the third time. It is a time of renewal for her and she really deserves it. It does, however, leave me in charge of the troops while she is … Continue reading Self Seeking, Easily Angered

A Message From Heaven

This is the first birthday I will celebrate since my Mom passed in March. From what my Sister and Dad have told me, she very much wanted to make the trip from Houston to Columbus to celebrate my 40th birthday. Just knowing that it was that important to her is so special to me. While I miss her, I am so thankful for the time we shared over these 40 years. Last night, my Wife presented me with this letter. While the keystrokes came from her hand, I believe it was a message sent from Heaven. I cannot express how … Continue reading A Message From Heaven

13 Years!

Below is just a quick sampling of our 13 year journey. To my bride I say “thank you”. Words cannot express my appreciation for your love, your grace, your understanding and your support. As Montgomery Gentry once sang..”Lord knows I’m a lucky man”. 1 apartment 1 townhouse 2 different houses 10 different vehicles 4 different jobs 3 amazing children 2 different dogs Countless fish 1 marathon together 8 half marathons together Countless dreams and memories Countless grace, understanding, patience and support Happy 13th Anniversary to my lovely bride. After all these years, you are still the grace of my life…… … Continue reading 13 Years!

A Little Crazy…

In one week, my wife and I will embark on an incredible 4 week journey. Actually, the 4 week journey will mark the completion of a journey we have been on for well over a year now. The journey has taken us to cities like Charlotte and Phoenix for half marathons. This will also mark the end of a whole lot of training. While most would say we’re crazy, the reality is that we’ll actually run less miles the next 4 weeks than we do on a “normal” week because we will be recovering on the weeks between races. Next … Continue reading A Little Crazy…

Time’s Up…

Here it is..the training is over and all that awaits now is the race itself. I am really excited about this one for some reason. Maybe after running one already, I have a small idea what I am in for. Overall, I enter this one on Sunday in a better place mentally and physically than the half marathon we did in May. I am most excited that Heather and 2 other friends are running the race Sunday too. Next time I post, it will be a recap of the race. Pray for us Sunday as we push off around 7:30 … Continue reading Time’s Up…

Time's Up…

Here it is..the training is over and all that awaits now is the race itself. I am really excited about this one for some reason. Maybe after running one already, I have a small idea what I am in for. Overall, I enter this one on Sunday in a better place mentally and physically than the half marathon we did in May. I am most excited that Heather and 2 other friends are running the race Sunday too. Next time I post, it will be a recap of the race. Pray for us Sunday as we push off around 7:30 … Continue reading Time's Up…

Cleveland Marathon Recap

WOW! What a 48 hours that was. As I mentioned Friday, my sister was kind enough to register for us on Saturday. I received a text message that read “Congratulations, you are now signed up for your first Marathon”. It was at this point that the reality started to kick in. I think it was better that I didn’t have time to really think about what was waiting on us at 7am Sunday morning. It is very hard to get your head around 26.2 miles and at least 4 hours straight of running. Driving up to Cleveland (from Columbus) on … Continue reading Cleveland Marathon Recap

Marriage and Running

I’m sure you read the title and think I am going to make some analogy about how marriages are like a marathon and not a sprint. Okay, I might mention that, but there are a few other things I came up with today that reminded me of the continued lessons I am learning through this training. 1. R-E-S-P-E-C-T – With apologies to Aretha Franklin, I have learned my share of respect for my wife over the past 6 months. It wasn’t long ago that I stood at the finish line as she finished another half marathon mildly taking a few … Continue reading Marriage and Running

No Stopping Saturday!

We’ve  hit the road !  We’re in downtown Louisville, Kentucky this morning for the Anthem 5K run along the river walk. Temps are currently 60 degrees so it’s a perfect day for a quick run. Last night we had a nice dinner at the Old Spaghetti Warehouse and went on a horse drawn carriage ride through downtown Louisville. Over 9000 people are registered for the race this morning so it should be packed at the start. We’ll post an update on how we finished later next week. Based on the street signs….it appears that there will be no stopping on … Continue reading No Stopping Saturday!

Two Blogs, One Site!

Many of you have been following my wife, Heather on her blog the past several months. She has become quite the blogger! After discussing it, we have decided to join forces! We learned early in our marriage that things usually work better when we work as a team. This even includes our most recent adventures in running. If you look around you will see that we have already brought her posts and comments over to this blog (blogger imports very easily to wordpress). We’ll be making a few changes around here and we can’t commit to a schedule of posting, … Continue reading Two Blogs, One Site!

First Post of the Year!

It is officially 2009 and this is my first post of the New Year. What an interesting spot I find myself in tonight. There is so much to look forward to in a new year. There is the known (Cabo in March, Outer Banks in June) and yet there is so much unknown (economy, new President). We started off the new year on a positive (but cold) note this morning with the “First on the First” 5K. The results are posted (HERE) but my wife had a great run. She finished 73rd overall with a 23:49 time and a 7:41 … Continue reading First Post of the Year!

20 Days Until

Somehow I let my marathon running wife talk me into this 4 mile run on November 27th. I can’t think of a better description of a “Turkey” trot. The good news is that I’ve been in training for about a month already. The bad news is that there is a long, long way to go. I’m not a runner. However, there is something to this entire process. Kenny Chesney once sang: The bodies a temple that’s what we’re told Well I’ve treated this one like an old honky tonk I have committed myself to cleaning up this “old honky tonk”. … Continue reading 20 Days Until

Follow You, Follow Me

“I will follow you will you follow me All the days and nights that we know will be” – Genesis It took me 11 years but I finally realized something. To those of you that know my wife, what I am about to say won’t surprise you at all. I realized recently that my wife would follow me to the ends of the earth. If I said “let’s go to the moon”, she would have the bags packed, kids ready and snacks for the journey. Her commitment and trust in my leadership as the “Head of Household” (a title I … Continue reading Follow You, Follow Me

Your Moment

I like the commercials for ATT Small Business where the actors say “Welcome to my moment“. I couldn’t help but think of them today while I was cutting the grass. No, I didn’t have “my moment” cutting the grass. Actually, I was reflecting on Austin’s “moment” on Thursday night when they won the Hilliard Little League World Series. During the big rally inning (came back from down 12-4 to go ahead 15-12) Austin had a key double in the gap to clear the bases. When I looked in the stands his Mom and his Aunts were both crying with joy … Continue reading Your Moment

True

A few weeks ago the family and I were on a road trip. The 80’s station on Sirius radio was the music of the moment and prompted the following discussion: Me: “with a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue” what do you think he meant by that? (Through the radio comes the exact lyric I just quoted) Heather: “You’re a freak”. You see I have this sickness. Some people can memorize scripture. Others know history. I have this crazy ability to remember lyrics. Particularly from the 80’s. I can’t tell you what a congruent triangle is … Continue reading True

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!!!!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to my wife Heather today. Brian Littrell sang it best…… “The Grace of My Life” I lie awake so often at night With something to read or something to write In the silence my mind is free To think of the ways that God has blessed me It’s easy to see how He’s been so kind Any proof I might need is right here by my side You are the grace of my life So tender, so undeserved Hard to believe you’re my wife Even harder to put what I feel into words If I need evidence God … Continue reading Happy Birthday!

Anniversary Tradition

Saturday marks 11 years since my wife Heather and I said “I Do”. It’s been quite a ride. We are going to celebrate the 11 years by taking part in another wedding. Heather’s sister is getting married on Saturday and she and the kids all have a part in the ceremony. What a better way to celebrate 11 great years than to be there as a wonderful couple begins their journey as well. The post below was written several years ago, but I keep posting it every year as a tradition. Happy Anniversary to my wife. You are the grace … Continue reading Anniversary Tradition

No Truer Words

This morning my wife kindly noted that “You have not posted anything in a while”. To which I replied that “I haven’t had much to say”. Yet sitting in my office today, this song came across the PC speakers and reminded me of my wife and Mothers Day. I don’t know that I have ever heard a song that better captures my thoughts about my wife. Every Day…. “Every Day” by Rascal Flatts You could’ve bowed out gracefully But you didn’t You knew enough to know To leave well enough alone But you wouldn’t I drive myself crazy Tryin’ to … Continue reading No Truer Words

Sunday is Mother’s Day

I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother’s Day

Sunday is Mother's Day

I.O.U by Jimmy Dean You know most people look through their wallets or their pocket books and, way down at the bottom, past the credit cards and baby pictures, green stamps, you usually find a little ‘ol dog-eared piece of poetry. I was cleaning out my wallet the other day and ran across a whole bunch of I.O.U’s, some of ‘em thirty years overdue. The funny thing is that all these I.O.U’s are owed to one person and I kinda feel like right now might be a pretty good time for an accountin’. Mom, you listenin’? Mom, I.O.U. for so … Continue reading Sunday is Mother's Day

We’re Off to “Top Gun”

In the morning my wife and I are boarding a plane to Palm Springs to attend the “Top Gun” event for our organization. It should be a great couple of days. I’m glad my wife gets to spend 4 days being pampered the way that she so richly deserves. I’ll be sitting in meetings, and giving presentations in the morning, but the afternoons are ours to do what we wish. There’s even a black tie affair on Friday evening. I don’t even own a tie, let alone a black one. Luckily I was able to rent one. I had to … Continue reading We’re Off to “Top Gun”

We’re Off to “Top Gun”

In the morning my wife and I are boarding a plane to Palm Springs to attend the “Top Gun” event for our organization. It should be a great couple of days. I’m glad my wife gets to spend 4 days being pampered the way that she so richly deserves. I’ll be sitting in meetings, and giving presentations in the morning, but the afternoons are ours to do what we wish. There’s even a black tie affair on Friday evening. I don’t even own a tie, let alone a black one. Luckily I was able to rent one. I had to … Continue reading We’re Off to “Top Gun”

The Grace of My Life

We have never been big on the whole “Valentines Day” thing. I guess I feel odd writing a big post about it too. I’ll let a guy that makes a whole bunch of money writing and singing songs say it all for me. Below is a song that describes my wife perfectly. I dedicate this to my Valentine. “The Grace of My Life” by Brian Littrell “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley Continue reading The Grace of My Life

Just Because…

Maybe I was inspired by Fred’s post to his wife today for her birthday. It also might have been because my wife and I have been running 100 miles an hour over the past few weeks. Or, maybe it was “just because”. Whatever the reason, I post this little song by Adam Sandler for my wife today. No real reason. No big fanfare. Just a quick post to let you know I’m thinking about you (let’s see if she reads it) 🙂 “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler Continue reading Just Because…

By Request – Game Recap

I was going to let the TAR HEEL WIN go by with nothing more than the pictures in my previous post. That being said, I have been getting emails, phone calls and text messages all day. You’d think I would be the one sending them out boasting. It’s cool though. The reality is, I live in Buckeye country, which makes me a Buckeye. However, in case you missed it, I am a Tar Heel fan, living in Columbus. Talk about a man without a country! (Insert village idiot jokes here). As you can see, we stayed true to the rules … Continue reading By Request – Game Recap

Christmas Came Early…

I just walked out of my office to find a box on the floor with my wife’s name on it. I gave it to her and she said “if that’s what I think it is, than it’s an early Christmas gift for you”. Being that I am so patient and good at waiting, I ripped it open! As you can see from the photo, she took good care of me (as always). Nothing like getting a UNC flag the day of the big OSU vs. UNC game. What will the neighbors think?!? Continue reading Christmas Came Early…

She Ran the Race

My wife completed her goal of running the Columbus Marathon yesterday. Her final time was 4:10! The weather was perfect and she completed the race which God called her to run. In case you’re wondering, my arm’s a little sore this morning from holding the camera and my back is stiff from standing, but I think I will pull through 🙂 Congratulations Heather! You ran the race. I love you. Continue reading She Ran the Race

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

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