So I guess I should start out by saying I found this site that had a list of challenges for bloggers to try in an effort to get them blogging again or at least more consistently…so here’s my shot at it, and today’s challenge is:
in 250 words or less, haha…yeah, I’m so not gonna be able to follow that little stipulation!
So how to start…hmmm…ok…how about this…as a kid I was your normal type youngster that had a healthy obsession with Superman that’s never really gone away. As you can tell from the pictures below I was a healthy kid whose parent’s made sure I got my Corn flakes in the morning (with plenty of sugar to pour on top of it) and Rice-A-Roni at night…I don’t mean that in a sarcastic or comedic way…I’m just stating what was pretty popular in food items back then…I’m a little weird like that. But back on point, I was like any other kid really and had and still have an awesome family with lots of love! Another thing I should mention is that we played a ton of baseball and softball in our home growing up…I don’t have any pictures at the moment, but we loved our ball!
These are my parents…they are and will forever be the best ever! Growing up they always took care of my sister and I…we never lacked for anything…we have felt love and pride from dad and mom our whole lives. They’ve taught me so much about how to be an awesome parent to my girls…they inspire me more than they know. I wish I had some older pictures of them…like when my dad had long hair that he could wrap in a pony tail if he wanted and when my mom “poofed” her hair with the best of them! I’m not sure there are many of those pics laying around anymore…they’ve been strategically hidden from my eyes I’m sure. But that’s okay…for now you can enjoy my mom’s short beautiful hair and my dad’s cowboy hat studness! I’ve always thought it really cool to see pictures of parents and their kids…it gives one the opportunity to see how God blends the lives and blood of two people into one living, breathing soul.
This is my little sister! Sissy! Boy did I give her hell growing up. But unfortunately for me she could dish back the pain just as much as I could! We love to tell the story of one summer when we were kids and I was picking on her and she started running after me through the house with a hair brush. At one point I took a diving leap onto mom and dads bed as I heard the sharp whistle of a hard bristled hair brush being thrown at me. The next few seconds could only be described as “Matrixy” as my body seemed to move in slow motion and the brush wizzed past my head by mere inches. The brush then hit the head board of the bed perfectly…bristle first…and left the most awesome impression of a hundred little bristles in the wood! Yep, we were soon to face the wrath of our parents, lol.
Of course as what tends to happen in life, siblings change and grow in love. As kids Lyndi and I wouldn’t be caught dead hugging each other (unless a picture required it) or telling each other, “Love you, sis…love you, bub”. But times change and thankfully so do people and family. I love my little sister to death and I’m proud of the young woman she’s become. She’s always been there for me and shes’ always inspired my faith in God! We joke all the time about the good looking pair of siblings we are…but we’re really not that vain…at least we’re mostly not that vain :o)
pssssst….I’m sure it’s unintentional but there’s a billboard around town with a girl holding a cup of soup that looks pretty much like my sister did when she was younger…I’m just saying…she’s kinda famous you know.
These two little beauties are Hannah and Maggie, and they are the greatest, sweetest, most precious, awesome gifts I’ve ever been given. I remember a lot about my life, but none of my memories are as clear as the ones I’ve made with my daughters. They are my heartbeat and I love them more than words could ever describe. Being their dad is my great honor, and every time I look in their beautiful faces I know God is truly real.
We’re a funny little family that loves to have fun! Part of this fun may or may not include mustaches! :o)
Hannah doesn’t mind the occasional yoga pose….while Maggie gets ticked in the face of yoga!
My girls are not perfect, but their as close as two people could be in my eyes. They will always be my babies!
This is the girl of my dreams…and her name is Saige Campbell.
Saige and I met through the awesome world of Twitter, but I never could have known at that time what God’s plans were for the two of us. You see, I made this deal or maybe even an arrangement with God that I was going to wait on His timing, and I prayed that when He thought it best, that He bring someone into my path to spend my life with. I made this commitment to God and pressed deeply into Him…changing my focus and passions towards Him specifically. It was only two weeks later that Saige and I said our first worlds to each other on Twitter. And now over a year later we’re engaged and planning a life together. Now I’m not saying that’s how life always works out…I’m just sharing how its worked out for me…it really is best to live for the Lord, and let Him bless our lives.
Saige is my best friend and the one I share absolutely everything with. There are parts of my heart that only she knows and I’m honored to be her future husband. Saige loves with her whole heart…not just towards me, but anyone that comes across her path. I’ve watched in awed silence as she interacts with her closest friends, family, and even strangers and am amazed at how quickly she puts people at ease and in comfort. She laughs with them…cries with them…and shares her heart like no one else I’ve ever seen. She’s passionate and lives life with a fierce confidence that inspires me more everyday. Come September, she’ll begin an 11 month journey to 11 countries to minister and help those that need Christ. I’m so proud of her. Words can not express the excitement I feel in my heart for her and this opportunity, and I pray everyday she hears me and feels my constant affirmation. I look forward to a life together with Saige…a life lived and loved through our family and a life served only for Jesus Christ.
So I’m over a thousand words into this entry and I hear some of you saying, “You’ve said a lot about your family, but not much about yourself.” But I think the reality for me is that if you truly want to know and understand me…you have to look at the company I keep. My family and friends mean the world to me and they each make me a better man. They also understand that my life is a life totally defined by God. I am a father, son, brother, fiancee, and friend…but none of these things define me. I am defined by Christ and I am His.
My life has been beautiful and broken at times…but as some would say, there is beauty in the broken. But now I find myself more happy then I’ve ever been…much more than I feel I deserve. I am truly blessed and I thank God everyday for that!
**Just in case anyone was curious…I do have some serious cannon ball skills**