Thursday, December 4, 2014

Challenging job

I continue to be frustrated at some of the things I have to do but I really enjoy my job.  I work in a challenging high-tech environment where I get to solve all sorts of puzzles throughout the week.  I work with intelligent people that keep me on my toes and provide with camaraderie through challenging situations.  And I'm paid a nice amount for all the time I spend at work.  Woohoo!  


Monday, November 17, 2014

Wonderful fires

It's 33 degrees outside on it's way down to 19 degrees. This is a little early for the winter season, but then all of the forecasters are saying that this winter is probably going to be colder than last winter with a more extended period of coldness.  Something about the polar vortex and all that stuff.  

I'm very grateful for fire, for firewood, for having the resources to be able to have a fire in my hearth, and the time to be able to enjoy it.  Fire is good!  

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My oldest son

He's doing so well! Calm, thoughtful, fun, able to carry on a conversation. He makes me proud! I'm truly blessed.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thank you, Jesus

It's wonderful to know that through you I am going to heaven. It's humbling to serve you through my little efforts. I love how you keep me thinking and moving. Thank you!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Made it to 50!

Well, I'm grateful to have made it to my 50th birthday - woohoo!  After surviving being hit by a car last week, some skin cancer here and there over the past few years, and helping to raise some fine children I am looking forward to the coming year.  I know there will be some hard stuff in the coming weeks and months - my father has lung cancer and is going through chemotherapy and will have radiation treatments in the future, my mother is getting up there in age, and my mother-in-law is becoming more and more forgetful, but I am thankful for the chance to give back to them in their time of need.  The future is still bright and I look forward to serving God in the ways He wants me to!  

Monday, August 11, 2014

My health after a car accident

I was hit by a car while walking across the parking lot at work the other day.  Didn't see it coming at all - she clipped me with the right front corner of her car.  I flew through the air and landed on my left knee and left shoulder.  After a rush to the hospital in an ambulance I have no broken bones but lots of soreness.  It's interesting how the soreness continues to develop in new places the next day!  

I'm grateful for my good health.  I am heavy but continue to work out and jog on a regular basis.  I am grateful for my strength - I bounced off the car and wasn't too badly hurt by my banging on the pavement.  

I'm grateful for my friends and family that are checking on me, giving me good wishes, and looking out for me.  Very grateful for the kindness shown by them brining lunch over the day it happened, the many calls and texts, and the facebook posts.  It's nice to be part of a community that cares.  

I'm grateful for my wife.  She was amazing through the whole thing.  I called her while riding in the ambulance and left her a voicemail saying I was on my way to Henry General ER; she got there very shortly after I got there.  And she never cried, was strong, let me get through it but was there helping.  

I'm very grateful for my oldest son.  He was at the hospital, too.  He was strong, didn't push but was decisive, took me home, and watched over me while I relaxed and slept.  He makes me proud of the man he has become!  

So much to be grateful for...  Thank you, God, for blessing me.  Help me to bless others when I have the opportunity!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

Diversity of people in my area

It's so nice to be able to go to a farmer's market near my home and hear languages from around the world.  Eastern Europeans, Russians, Indians, Chinese, Mexican, and more all in one place shopping for food that has been brought from around the world.  Awesome!  

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wonderful wife

My woman takes care of things for me, fixes really good meals, makes me feel special, and looks beautiful through it all.  She is good with my parents, is good with her mother, and is great with our kids.  She is fun to be with, even while we are asleep.  I am grateful for my wonderful wife!  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Good kids

All of my kids are good, even when they're not so good.  Kevin was not thrilled with having to write more sentences about taking the dog out but dutifully went to do it and was crying at his desk when I went to discuss it with him.  Jacob doesn't ask for anything, which is kind of bad, but I'm glad to see that he is doing his best to make it on his own.  Megan continues to do great with everything she does.  Stephen is like a rocket fully fueled and ready to take off with all that he is involved in.  I am very grateful for all of them! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Warm place inside while it snows

I am saddened that so many people are having such a rough time with the snow that fell and all their issues dealing with the icy roads.  But I am very grateful for my warm house, the heat, the wood in the fireplace, our fresh food and pantry, my warm bed, my family around me, and a working Internet connection.  God has truly blessed me with these things and much, much more!  All of this snow stuff has happened on my "weekend" so I have not had to get out in the mess at all!  What a wonderful blessing :-)  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Grateful for a great job

Even though the politics at my place of employment have cut me out of the loop and made me feel like I am not progressing I have a great job.  It is challenging work that keeps me on edge and excited about what I do most of the time.  I am at a place in my career where I get to develop ideas into projects that are sometimes used and I continue to try and develop the people around me. 

It is challenging work that keeps me engaged and paying attention.  I am passionate about it and enjoy what I am able to accomplish. 

Thank you, Lord, for such an awesome career! 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautiful afternoons

Today in the middle of winter we had a high of 65 degrees!  My wife and I went for a long walk, then we sat on the front pitch with our youngest and read together.  It was beautiful! 

I am very grateful for this day!