Starting off 2018…

Time to start another year…and no better way to do it than starting a renewed commitment to blogging only 3 weeks into the new year!  That being said, one of my many resolutions for this year is to be better about blogging and writing down thoughts.  Whether it’s just to get them out of my head or to share actual depth of thought.

This year I have also renewed my commitment to fitness.  My family kicked off the new year by getting a Y membership and I have been faithful so far to go work out.  I know it’s a marathon, but I am determined to reach 2019 thinner than I did 2018.

I also want to do a better job of reading this year.  Reading for my personal enjoyment, continuing to learn, and also to grow in my walk with Christ.  This honestly may be the toughest resolution I have.  Finding time to get reading done is tough and so I want to really make sure that I am setting aside time to do it.

Alright, I have put out some resolutions on here….now it’s time to stick to them!

another bookshelf to fill…

empty shelfWith the start of 2016 it’s time to fill another bookshelf with books that I read this year.  I am excited to jump back into reading and have a couple of books I am starting off with.  The first one I am going to read is “Do Over” by Jon Acuff.  I am also going to get back to my fiction roots with a western by Louis L’Amour.  Anyways, I hope to do a better job reading this year and also doing some book reports on here.  Here’s to more reading in 2016!

dreaming of heffalumps…

winnie-the-pooh-book_1724For the past couple of years my son Judah has been obsessed with Winnie the Pooh.  He loves to watch the cartoon and carried his Pooh Bear around everywhere.  Over the past week though it’s my 4 year old daughter who has become very into Pooh Bear, but in a whole new way.

Each night when I am home I try to always read to my kids before bed. We spend time reading a story, then a Bible story, and then praying together.  A couple of weeks ago i started finding different children’s stories on my iPad and reading them.  Most of them were shorter like Dr. Seuss books.  However, in the free section I came across the Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne and each night Maeven and I have been reading a chapter out of the book.

As we dive into each chapter sometimes, I have to admit, its a tough read for me as it is not exactly modern english.  However, even though my tongue gets tied, Maeven is really enjoying each story.  She really likes how we can recognize bits and pieces of each story that are in the Disney Cartoons.  And every night she wants to know what the next Pooh adventure will be.

Last night we read our chapter on Pooh and Piglet trying to catch and elusive heffalump.  Maeven hung on every word and was sad to see the chapter end and bed time come.  After saying her prayers i tucked her in and bent over to to tell her goodnight and give her a kiss on the forehead.  As I leaned in Maeven smiled really big, grabbed my face and got really close and said, “Dad! Tonight I am going to dream of heffalumps!”  I love my little girl and can’t wait for tonight’s story time!

Book Review – Those Guys Have All The Fun

those-guys-have-all-the-fun-364x571-364x571A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about my goals for 2015 and one of them was to do an even bigger empty shelf challenge and really get more reading done this year.  One of the first books I have started the year off with is Those Guys Have All The Fun by James Andrew Miller and Thomas Shales.  The books is about the history of ESPN from conception to the sports media giant that it is today.

The first thing that really stands out about it is the way the authors have chosen to give the history of ESPN.  Rather than tell the history from the authors point of view, the history of ESPN is told through the words of the people involved.  For the beginning of the story where we see where the idea of ESPN came from, the founders give their accounts.  As things move along the investors, CEO’s, news anchors, sports reporters, and several hundred people who have been involved with ESPN tell their versions of what took place.  Occasionally the author steps in and lets you know what event is going on, but then the story line goes back to the reflection of those who were there.

As I read the book I found myself liking some ESPN personalities that I really hadn’t in the past, disliking others that I had previous liked, and my assumptions on some were just reinforced.   It was very interesting to also read how often times the same event was remembered very differently by each of the individuals that were involved.

If you are a sports nut, like me, watch SportsCenter on a continuous loop, enjoy entertainment and media in general, or just like good histories, Those Guys Have All The Fun is a great read.  I will warn you that this book is written exactly in the words of those who were there and so the language sometimes can get a bit rough.  As long as you can handle that and the possibility of being a little disappointed in some of your favorite sports casters I definitely recommend you check out Those Guys Have All The Fun.

resolutions and 2015…

It’s that time of year again where we all sit down and come up with various things that we resolve to do new and differently in the year that awaits us.  Last year I made several resolutions, and unlike many past years I am happy to report that I kept many of the ones that I shared with you at the beginning of 2015.   The only exception being wanting to be even more healthy and lose much needed weight.  Stress and life beat me on that one, but I am resolved for the sake of my family and kids to do a much better job of keeping that resolution in 2015.

Happy-New-Year-2015-Wallpaper-10The good news is that I did keep other resolutions.  The first one that I blogged about was that I wanted to be a better reader this year.  I took the book shelf challenge where you read for a year and fill a whole empty shelf with all the books that you read over the course of the year.  I read well over 20 books this year and really enjoyed getting back to reading.  My shelf looks not quite full, but that’s because I discovered the joy of reading on my tablet in the dark at night so that I wouldn’t wake up my wife.  It is also much easier and quicker to get books that way when you live rurally.  My goal this year is to read even more!

Another goal that I made and kept was to be a better note taker when in church.  At the beginning of 2014 I bought a note book and diligently began taking notes in sermons or any other time I was able to listen to someone sharing God’s word.  By the end of the year my notebook is full and I actually just bought a new journal/notebook and am excited to fill it with more teachings and insights from God’s Word in 2015.

Looking ahead at 2015, my main resolution is to try to become more balanced in life.  To find the balance between work/ministry and being there to be the father my family needs me to be.  I want to be the father that shows his kids a Godly example in every area of life and I want them to know how much I love them and will be there for them.  I am truly excited to see what God is going to do in 2015!

reading in the dark…

ipadreadingAt the beginning of this year I posted about doing the empty shelf challenge where I was trying to fill up an empty shelf with a variety of books that I would read throughout the course of this year.  I have actually done quite well with this challenge, even better than I had personally expect.  That being said their has been one thing that has actually aided me quite well in my reading goals, reading in the dark on my iPad.

I know their are many literary purist out there who love the good old paper books and won’t go over to reading on tablets.  And I must admit for non-fiction books, especially good Christian literature I still prefer a book that I can highlight and make notes in.  But being able to read by the light of the tablet in the dark when my wife, who tends to fall asleep early, is off in dreamland has greatly aided in the amount that I am able to read.  It’s during these times that I catch up on my fiction in take.  Reading a good story is a great way wind down after a long day and tablet reading has been a great way to do so.  Also, if you are like me and live rurally and can’t always get to the store or don’t want to wait on the next book in a series to arrive by mail iBooks, Kindle Apps, and other tablet book services provide a great way to keep reading your series with no delay.

Even if you are a purist who loves your paper books keep reading them and buy them, but a good copy that you can have access to immediately and read in the dark on your tablet, computer, or even phone is a great alternative that I highly recommend!

Empty Shelf Challenge…

empty shelfSince the New Year 2014 kicked in I have been seeing several people posting about taking an “Empty Bookshelf Challenge.”  This being clearing a bookshelf in your house as the start of the new year and then being purposeful in your reading to make sure by the end of the year.  With the busyness of life, kids, ministry, and lots of other things, I am not the voracious reader that I used to be.  So when I read about authors I like, like Jon Acuff and other men I respect like my pastor taking this challenged, I figured I would give it a try.  So down in my basement I cleared a book shelf that I intend on filling with lots of reading over the coming year.  To start off, I am finishing some reading that I began last year and put aside do to busyness.  For starters I will be finishing “Not a Fan” and “Band of Brothers.”  From there I have several more that I will be sharing with you.  So like other challenges I have been on, I encourage you to join me.  Let’s get reading together!