Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
On a different note...Jamil is just a genuine guy who is honest and sincere. Besides talking about what opportunities are out there to be chasing, we had a chance to talk about our families, travel, and the future. It always nice to hear successful people talk about wanting to do more than just make money. We spent time talking about the idea shared by Linda Ellis in 1996...'The Dash'. It is great to make money, it's exciting to have a growing and thriving business...but at the end of the day, I can't imagine saying to myself or those around me..."I wish I worked 3 more hours or I wish I stayed late more often." I am all about working hard and focus, but every once in a while it is important to sit with friends and other businessmen in the community and remember what things of significance we plan to accomplish.
After we hung out for several hours...I raced off to Car Max to join Sharon in our exciting Friday adventure involving the truck (see Sharon's post on being a single car family).
Monday, May 26, 2008
A question I was recently asked was:
What is the Church?
I bring it up because while in
Church is not the bricks and mortar but rather the people, fellowship, and focus. It was a great way to start Sunday and spend quality time as a family engaged in something that is not normally the focus of the family vacation.
For those of you who are thinking... these guys are fanatical or even a little over zealous…don’t worry. This was not an attempt to be overly spiritual just a way of taking an hour out of the ‘family vacation’ and making it more about family and a little less about the beach. I think the boys were more into “Jake & Elwood’s Car” parked out front.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
My biggest take away is the following quote, “The most significant visions are not cast by great orators from stage. They are cast at the beside of our children…My most significant vision casting takes place on my knees with my face twelve inches away from the face of my children.”
Some other quick highlights on this excellent book:
- Vision begins as a concern
- Don’t Get distracted
- Anyone can be a critic, everyone can come up with solutions because it does not take anything special to have a good idea, but it takes a visionary to generate results.
- Vision requires constant attention…one individual has to be willing to pick-up the vision and be the person who will deliver.
- Leaders who have success in vision casting share at least these three traits: A Peaceful Spirit, Healthy Relationships, and Character
- To be an effective leader you have to engage people’s heart and tie it to the vision.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The conference was incredible with leaders from all over the country. Mark was asked to speak to this select group of invites who came to learn more about Rick’s vision for the PEACE Coalition. Rick has more than a big dream he has a heart for helping people by taking on the 5 Big Global Goliath’s of today through PEACE:
P - Promote Reconciliation
E - Equip Leaders
A - Assist the Poor
C - Care for the Sick
E - Educate the Next Generation
I will share more later but just wanted to encourage everyone to dream big dreams and trust God to fill in the gaps. I was totally in awe at the wisdom, experience, and teaching provided by these spiritual giants of our time. Mark is sought after by so many and is truly a transparent leader who men in leadership look to. Mark has a new book that will be coming out called "Wild Goose Chase". The more I hear him tell people about the book, the more excited I get...can't wait for the release later this year...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Something tells me that this is only the BEGINNING of her climbing adventures-- Enjoy!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
On May 2nd, the PTA at Cunningham Park Elementary had their Family Fun Night and Silent Auction. It's their biggest fundraiser of the year. There were numerous (100+) items up for bidding; everything from resturaunt and grocery store gift certificates to autographed books, baseball & football tickets, craft baskets, salon services, ice cream with a teacher, picnic lunch in the principal's office---literally everything you can imagine.
One thing I did not imagine was a $2000 gift certificate for orthodonic services to the boys' orthodontist----I know, you had no idea that the boys had an orthodontist. They have one. In fact, last month after their consultations he gave me their orthodonic plan and an estimate of the Bad News; you know, the cost. Let's just say, I won't be getting a car this year! :) Sometimes dental insurance covers part of your orthodonic services, ours does not.
So, imagine my glee at the prospect of a $2000 gift certificate to OUR orthodontist with a minimum starting bid of $500!!I won't keep you in suspense- after 30 minutes "glued" to the bidding table and several attempts to out-bid me, when the auctioneer's bell sounded, I had the winning bid of $625.
How Cool- Thank You to the PTA and to Dr. Garai! The gift certificate will be put to good use and is an awesome blessing to our family.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
They were fun to watch and appeared to me more guerrilla warfare or special forces rather then a plain old Army mission. Every once in awhile I need to stop and engage on thier level...dream on thier level...and explore on thier level. I read recently that the most significant vision casting is done 12 inches from your childrens face at night right before they head off to bed. Need to be dreaming / vision casting with these 'troops' more often. They are growing up fast.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
2. Kids/Finance- Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees by: Neale S. Godfrey (12/30/07)
3. Spiritual/Personal Growth- Wonder by: Arthur Gordon (12/30/07)
4. Leadership/Business- The Starfish and the Spider by: Brafman & Beckstrom (1/4/08)
5. Fiction- 2nd Chance by: James Patterson (1/4/08)
6. Fiction- Life of Pi by: Yann Martel (1/12/08)
7. Biography- Tuesdays with Morrie by: Mitch Albom (1/18/08)
8. Spiritual/Personal Growth- Cure for the Common Life by: Max Lucado (1/26/08)
9. Fiction- 3rd Degree by: James Patterson (2/2/08)
10. Self-Help/Life Lessons- The Five People You Meet in Heaven by: Mitch Albom (2/12/08)
11. Self-Help/Personal Growth- The Secret by: Rhonda Byrne (2/13/08)
12. History/Leadership- A Message to Garcia by: Elbert Hubbard (2/16/08)
13. Fiction- 4th of July by: James Patterson (2-23-08)
14. History- Common Sense by: Thomas Paine (3-5-08)
15. Biography- I’m Proud of You by: Tim Madigan (3-8-08)
16. Spiritual- I Became a Christian & all I Got was this Lousy T-Shirt by: V. Antonucci (3-15-08) 17. Fiction- 5th Horseman by: James Patterson (3-18-08)
18. Fiction- 6th Target by: James Patterson (3-24-08)
19. Marriage- The Love List by: Drs Les & Leslie Parrott (4-10-08)
20. Biography- Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert (4-15-08)
21. Fiction- 7th Heaven by: James Patterson (4-22-08)
22. Kids- The Five Love Languages of Children by: Gary Chapman (5-02-08)
Friday, May 2, 2008
I have seen this view of the Capital on so many movies and there is something about this particular angle and street leading up to the Capital that really gets me. I love so many things about DC and there are great museums, parks, and monuments...but every time I drive down Constitution Ave., I get a little smile on my face.
I was able to stop by the largest coffee shop in the District...Ebenezers...and ran into Mark Batterson. We had a great conversation. Then I walked around the corner and caught the train at Union Station heading north to Jersey. I love riding the train...it is my most favorite form of transportation.
Let's see...I guess the title 'NJ' is all wrong...it should be 'favorites':
1. Favorite time to drive in DC
2. Favorite view
3. Favorite coffeeshop
4. Favorite form of transportation
Last night when we got home from Colin's soccer practice, Sybella was waiting in the kitchen for us looking excited. Courtesy of her borother, Connor, she held out the remainder of a "Double Stuf Oreo" Cookie to show us what her enthusiasm was about. I asked her, "what do you have?" She replied as if I should already know, "Schmaka!" When I looked at her face, I knew instantly that "Schmaka" was a great name since she had schmaka'd it all over.