An Evening To Remember

So I’ve been talking about the Rock and Worship Roadshow for several months now. I’ve been talking about Thousand Foot Krutch even longer. Little did I know when “the boy” and I left for Dayton what the evening had in store. Once we arrived at the Nutter Center, thanks to our shirts we jumped the line and quickly found a place to sit. We enjoyed hearing Anthem Lights, Matt Maher, Jars of Clay and The Afters but there was really only two bands we were there to see. MercyMe and Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK) didn’t disappoint AT ALL!

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All Good

If you’re checking the blog to see me go on a rant after the Tar Heels lose to Duke it’s not going to happen. It’s all good. I won’t go into any analysis (although I have tons of it). I won’t go into cliches about moral victories or better teams. Tomorrow is another day (oops, that was a cliche wasn’t it). Literally though, tomorrow is another day and tomorrow night is going to be a GREAT night. “The boy” and I have our shirts to jump the line and we’re headed to Dayton for The Rock and Worship Roadshow. Cannot … Continue reading All Good

Guide Them Home

On New Years Day, “the boy” and I ran in an annual 5K. This was my third year to run this race and his first. I run 4 to 5 times a week, he never runs. I’m also 30 years older than he is with a lot more miles. While his pace is about 3 minutes slower than mine per mile, it’s all about the journey. It’s about the time together. I don’t care where we finish, I’m just glad we did it. So is he. As we finished the race, a man standing at the finish line said “Way … Continue reading Guide Them Home

A Night To Remember

So what if Lebron James is gone. So what if former Tar Heel Danny Green got cut from the Cavaliers yesterday. The show in Cleveland must go on and tonight it made a stop in Columbus, Ohio for a pre-season game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Thanks to the kindness of my good friend “D-Rich”, “the boy” got to be a ball boy for the second year in a row. Last year he was more of a spectator during the game, but this year he was busy-busy! We arrived in time for pre-game shoot around so the boys were able to … Continue reading A Night To Remember

10 Years Old

As of tomorrow morning, an entire decade will have gone by since I became a father for the first time. Our first born and the child affectionately known as “the boy” is 10 years old. I can’t even believe it as I type it. There is so much water under the bridge of the past 10 years. In many ways, we have grown up together over that time period. He’s taught me more about myself then I ever imagined. He’s taught me about the relationship we share with our Heavenly Father. He’s taught me about grace, forgiveness and a crazy love for another human being. It’s been an awesome ride.

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TFK Concert Debrief

As I have mentioned more times than I can count, “The Boy” and I went to see Thousand Foot Krutch and Hawk Nelson Saturday at SonFest. There were many bands that performed that day but only two that we really couldn’t wait to see. Being an all-day festival, we knew we had plenty of time to get there and find a good spot for the main event later in the evening. With temps in the 50’s and a steady drizzle of rain the entire day, we split our time waiting for the concert between eating indoors, playing video games on … Continue reading TFK Concert Debrief

The Faith of Tyler Hansbrough

If you have followed this blog for any time at all, you know how I feel about the following: 1) “The Boy” 2) The North Carolina Tar Heels 3) Tyler Hansbrough You also may remember that on more than one occasion I have posted about how “the boy” asked me if Tyler Hansbrough was a Christian. If you click on the link, you will see that at the time he asked me, I had to say “I didn’t know”. Well imagine my surprise today when a friend on Twitter mentioned that she just finished reading an article about the faith … Continue reading The Faith of Tyler Hansbrough

Pitching out of trouble

I won’t act like I’m not a proud Papa. “The Boy” has become the top pitcher on his team already this spring. He has started both scrimmages (one against the 10-11 year old team). He is yet to give up a run which in this league, at this age, is saying something. Basically, if you get a single, it becomes a triple because the catchers don’t have the ability to throw out runners that steal bases yet. He started off todays game by giving up a leadoff single. I had the video rolling as the next play unfolded (54 second … Continue reading Pitching out of trouble

Want To Support "The Boy"?

Even though there are several inches of snow on the ground outside, travel baseball has already begun for 2010. “The Boy” and his team began indoor practice about a week ago and are making plans for the season ahead. We are very fortunate to have an outstanding baseball program in the city where we live. While it is not cheap, it provides “The Boy” the opportunity to compete with some of the best players in the city while making lasting friendships.

I don’t usually do stuff like this on this site, but I figured I’ve got some raffle tickets to move so I might as well utilize every avenue that is available to sell them (that’s a nice way of saying I’m a sell-out). On March 14, 2010 the Hilliard Colts Travel Baseball team will hold a raffle. Below are the items that are available through the raffle. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, you can drop me an email. There are some great items available. Thanks if advance for supporting your Colts and “The Boy”.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20. You need not be present to win.

HBA Hilliard Colts Annual Raffle

  • (4) Columbus Clippers tickets, 1st base side behind home
  • (4) Kings Island tickets
  • (4) Club level passes and parking passes (Columbus Clippers)
  • Cookie Lee Jewelry
  • Pair of Columbus Blue Jackets tickets for April 3rd
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Want To Support “The Boy”?

Even though there are several inches of snow on the ground outside, travel baseball has already begun for 2010. “The Boy” and his team began indoor practice about a week ago and are making plans for the season ahead. We are very fortunate to have an outstanding baseball program in the city where we live. While it is not cheap, it provides “The Boy” the opportunity to compete with some of the best players in the city while making lasting friendships.

I don’t usually do stuff like this on this site, but I figured I’ve got some raffle tickets to move so I might as well utilize every avenue that is available to sell them (that’s a nice way of saying I’m a sell-out). On March 14, 2010 the Hilliard Colts Travel Baseball team will hold a raffle. Below are the items that are available through the raffle. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, you can drop me an email. There are some great items available. Thanks if advance for supporting your Colts and “The Boy”.

Tickets for the raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20. You need not be present to win.

HBA Hilliard Colts Annual Raffle

  • (4) Columbus Clippers tickets, 1st base side behind home
  • (4) Kings Island tickets
  • (4) Club level passes and parking passes (Columbus Clippers)
  • Cookie Lee Jewelry
  • Pair of Columbus Blue Jackets tickets for April 3rd
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What I've Learned in Coaching

By now it’s probably no secret what a few of my passions in this life are. I love sports, the Tar Heels and more important than any of those things, I love my son. I love that he loves sports, the Tar Heels and spending time with one another. As he has grown, we have done our best to allow him to try the sports HE wants to play, not just the one’s that I played or love. He has tried soccer, swimming, basketball, baseball, tennis and has yet to attempt football. I’ve always said that I would be passionate … Continue reading What I've Learned in Coaching

What I’ve Learned in Coaching

By now it’s probably no secret what a few of my passions in this life are. I love sports, the Tar Heels and more important than any of those things, I love my son. I love that he loves sports, the Tar Heels and spending time with one another. As he has grown, we have done our best to allow him to try the sports HE wants to play, not just the one’s that I played or love. He has tried soccer, swimming, basketball, baseball, tennis and has yet to attempt football. I’ve always said that I would be passionate … Continue reading What I’ve Learned in Coaching

If The Boy Was President…

“The Boy” sent me a Power Point presentation that he put together this morning. Yes, you read that correctly. My 9 year old actually put together an entire Power Point. That amazes me because I work with grown adults that don’t know how to use that program. I did not assist him or help with this at all. It came straight from his mind. It was too good to not pass along this morning. Hope it makes you all laugh like it did for me: “If I Were President” by “The Boy” – I would make cotton candy for breakfast. … Continue reading If The Boy Was President…

A Night To Remember!

Wow. Alright, let me just get the only bad part of the our Opening Night visit to Conseco Field House for the Pacers game out of the way…Tyler Hansbrough (the reason we got the tickets) did not dress. Well, he was dressed, but it was a suit and dress shoes. His bad shin is “this close” to being ready to play. While that was a bit of a buzz kill, it did not put a damper on a great, great night for “the boy” and I. I couldn’t even make this up, check this out…. 1. He got on the … Continue reading A Night To Remember!

"The Boy's" Big Night

Thanks to the ultimate hook up from a great friend, “The Boy” and I were in the arena 2 hours before tip off of the Cavaliers and Celtics game at Ohio State University. Not only did we have access to the players as they warmed up, “The Boy” got to be one of the ball boys before the game. He was so excited on the way to the arena. Talk about a “bucket list”! He got to rebound during pre-game warm-ups for 2 of the greatest players that will ever play in the NBA. He also got to rebound and … Continue reading "The Boy's" Big Night

“The Boy’s” Big Night

Thanks to the ultimate hook up from a great friend, “The Boy” and I were in the arena 2 hours before tip off of the Cavaliers and Celtics game at Ohio State University. Not only did we have access to the players as they warmed up, “The Boy” got to be one of the ball boys before the game. He was so excited on the way to the arena. Talk about a “bucket list”! He got to rebound during pre-game warm-ups for 2 of the greatest players that will ever play in the NBA. He also got to rebound and … Continue reading “The Boy’s” Big Night

Birthday Recap

Although “the boy’s” birthday was Tuesday, we officially wrap up the festivities tomorrow. First off, the Hansbrough Pacer’s jersey was a huge hit. He hasn’t worn it yet but I think he’s afraid to mess it up. It will work nicely for our floor seats on Opening night in Indianapolis. Although it could be a total buzz kill if Hansbrough is still nursing his bad shin and doesn’t play! After school on Tuesday the family celebrated his birthday at Red Robin. The celebration was short lived because he was off to play his final game of Fall Ball. Tomorrow is … Continue reading Birthday Recap

Anything Like Me

In just one week, “the boy” will officially turn 9 years old. It is beyond my understanding where the last 9 years went. They always say it goes too fast and “they” are right. This is such an awesome age for all three of our kids. Especially “the boy”. Not only did the apple not fall far from the tree, it generally doesn’t stray too far from there either. If you’ve ever noticed, he is usually right next to me whenever we go somewhere. It both thrills and scares me to death. Hopefully I’m “raising him up in the way … Continue reading Anything Like Me

Go Pack Go!

There was a positive tonight on my flight back to Columbus. I had the pleasure and I mean pleasure of sitting next to #80 from the Green Bay Packers, Donald Driver. Man that is a great guy. In an era of standoff, spoiled athletes, this guy was a breath of fresh air. He engaged everyone around him and was more than kind. One thing to understand is that my flight was routed through Milwaukee for some reason. He is on his way to camp along with all of the other passionate Packer fans on our plane. He took pictures, signed … Continue reading Go Pack Go!

Summer Fun

“The Boy” wanted needed a haircut so we decided to have a little fun with it. He said he wanted a mohawk, so who was I to argue? You have to know that, when I had hair, I featured such looks as a mullet, “The Boz” (complete with lines), something straight out of Duran Duran, several flat tops, a high top fade, and last but not least, the “Vanilla Ice” (including a line or two in the eyebrow). I didn’t say I was proud of it, I just had them all.  My dad used to always say that the difference … Continue reading Summer Fun

Three Athletes, One God

I mentioned it before, but “the boy” asks an interesting question rather frequently as we watch sporting events. The question is simple, but often I cannot give a clear answer. His question is this… “Hey Dad, is (insert athlete’s name here) a Christian?” Athletes he has asked about in the past are Lebron James, Tyler Hansbrough and Ryan Howard. I found out yesterday that Albert Pujols is a man of great faith. “The Boy” and I watched the home run contest together the other night. I had stepped out of the room, but when I returned he told me about … Continue reading Three Athletes, One God

Title Town

One thing I will never do is apologize for being a proud father. For the second straight summer “the boy” has been on a championship little league team. Last year the city league Marlins won the title with a bottom of the 6th rally that will forever go down in our memory. They went from needing 2 runs to not be “mercy ruled” to just needing 3 outs in the top of the 7th to secure the title! It was a great game and memory. When the winter rolled around we were approached about playing in an independent travel league … Continue reading Title Town

My Blue Heaven!

In a few short weeks we’re packing up the “family truckster“, setting the GPS for Outer Banks and spending a week on the beaches of North Carolina. As if that wasn’t inviting enough, I took it upon myself to just take a quick “look see” how far out of the way Chapel Hill would be on our journey. Since we’re “in the neighborhood” we’re going to go ahead and spend the night 2 miles from the University of North Carolina. To say I’m excited might be the understatement of the year! While we’re there “The Boy” and I are already … Continue reading My Blue Heaven!

One Shining Moment

About a month ago when our beloved Tar Heels were on top of the NCAA polls, I placed a call to a great friend that has connections in the Dayton area. The request was not a little one. “I need to get my hands on 2 tickets to the NCAA tourney in Dayton in case North Carolina plays there“. I had to leave a voice mail, and never heard back so I was not sure if the request was ever followed up upon. As Florida State luck would have it, UNC’s loss in the ACC tournament last weekend meant that … Continue reading One Shining Moment

Awana Grand Prix

It’s that time of year again. This is the first year that we have two entries into the Awana Grand Prix on Friday night. This is the first for our daughter and the third car for our son. Each year, the brainstorming session into what we should create out of a block of wood is half the fun. As you can see by the pictures, my daughters was easy. A little pink paint and some Hello Kitty stickers and she was all set. “The Boy” on the other hand presented some challenges… The vision was to create a convertible UNC … Continue reading Awana Grand Prix

Pride

The photo above is of my first born and only son. He is the “spittin’ image” of me and this apple fell way too close to the tree. His passions (so far) in life have followed mine. He loves basketball and the Carolina Tar Heels. We rejoice and mourn with every win and loss. I am so proud of him for how hard he has worked to become quite good at the game he loves. He really is a student of the game. Even at the indoor water park, he can be found shooting a basketball in the pool for … Continue reading Pride

Parental Wisdom

I just told my 7 year old the following: “If you want to do what you want to do today, then I suggest that you do what you know you should”. -me What? No sooner did it come out of my mouth then  I realized that I’m not sure I even understood what I meant. Did I mention the little person I said it to was 7 years old?? I think I know what I meant and he didn’t really react so maybe he did too. Or not… Continue reading Parental Wisdom

Marlins in Real Time

Our Fightin’ Marlins won again tonight to win the National Little League Title. They jumped out to a 6-0 lead after one and never looked back. They closed it out by winning 13-0. It has been a summer to remember and so much fun for all of us (players, parents and coaches). The kids play tomorrow night at 5:45 for the World Series Title. You have got to love the internet and mobile technologies. Tomorrow night I’ll post some real time game shots and scoring updates for out of town family and friends that cannot make it to the game. … Continue reading Marlins in Real Time

Loose Lips

With only 4 days left in the school year, I scheduled to have lunch with “the boy” at school today. He enjoys having me come in (I think it’s the fast food I bring) and I enjoy stepping into his world for 30 minutes. I get the opportunity to observe his circles of influence and see what the other kids at his school are like. I took the opportunity today to ask about several people in the cafeteria. One of the men I inquired about was the guy in charge of keeping the cafeteria and lunch hour running like a … Continue reading Loose Lips

Priceless too….

The funniest line of the night (from my previous post) came from my 7 year old. Apparently my “stories of the road” and some of the individuals I encounter on flights have been committed to his memory. Our bus trip had a few interesting characters as well. As we were driving along and said characters were “acting up”, he simply said “Dad….is this what it’s like on an airplane?”. Once I figured out what he was referring to, I said “exactly son….exactly”. I forgot I recorded some footage of the trip on my cell phone. Here it is…   Continue reading Priceless too….

I Knew This Day Would Come

Somewhere in this bald head of mine, I guess I always knew this day would come. The day when I would officially start getting beat at Playstation 2 by “The Boy” on a regular basis. Don’t tell anyone, but tonight, he extended the winning streak to 4 games in a row. The games have been different (NCAA 08, NCAA 2k8, Backyard Basketball and NBA Live 06), but the results are starting to speak for themselves. Gone are the days of choosing Columbus State Community College while he chose North Carolina to keep things fair. He’s crushing me no matter who … Continue reading I Knew This Day Would Come