Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's Thanksgiving night.

Things that happened today that I am thankful for:
-Late night conversation with my granddad after everyone else had gone to sleep. We talked about pursuing dreams and the meaning of success. I will always cherish sitting across from him at that table in their house on the lake.
-Climbing a tree to retrieve the football I had so conveniently placed there. It reminded me of being a kid and skinning my knees.
-Laughing while passing the turkey and stuffing (yes, it is called stuffing if it is stuffed inside the turkey). Laughter always seems to follow us to the dinner table.
-Smelling my grandmother's cinnamon bread when I walked into the kitchen this morning. When we used to stay with them every summer when we were kids, this was the smell that always guaranteed a good day was ahead of you.
-Looking through my grandmother's photo albums with the football game on in the background. These pictures are some of the moments I revisited.

Thank you for the past.
It's the only reason the now exists.

Grandma and Grandpa in 1961.

Mom and Dad in 1986.

Dad and I in 1989.
Fist pump?

Dad, Mike, and I in 1992.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Stumbled on these pictures recently.
As I was thinking about the upcoming Christmas events this year, I reflected on past Christmas experiences.
Last year my family gave each other a trip to Roatan to go scuba diving.

Out of this world.
Just a few words to describe it.

If you want to bond with your family this Christmas, do something that stretches you and is out of the ordinary (for us, it was a scuba diving trip and the best quesadilla on the planet) in place of the presents that none of us ever need.
Also, if you've ever dreamed of traveling to another planet, scuba diving will take you there.

Talk about what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Faith, by its very nature, must be tried."

-This is destroying my excuses for inactivity.
-Steadfastness is an offensive battle that requires swords, fists, honor, and a confident gritting of teeth.
-Brotherhood is our wrecking ball.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Name your days.

It helps you remember them.
It helps you realize the kind of life you are living.

You get one line.
So live good titles.