It's hard to believe that it has almost been four years since my first blog (6-Jan-06). This humble blog has not stormed the world wide web by any means (nor was that my intention). It has maybe a dozen visitors from random web sources from various search results, and only a handful of "faithful" followers. But that's ok. I mostly write for me, and i enjoy writing, and if God uses it for whatever reason, then that is awesome. It started out pretty slowly... just text, but as time has gone on i've learned how to link sites, insert pictures, and even spruce up around the edges. I even have a friend who has offered to help me spice it up even more. I am very grateful for his offer. He commutes over 3 hours a day, he is heavily involved at our church, not to mention the every day tasks of being a husband and father - so whenever he has time - i am very grateful. That reminds me... i've had a couple of people tell me that they enjoy my ramblings and have been encouraging me to not stop. I actually do like to post several thoughts so... i guess that format will continue on for a while. For today i am taking a turn from the "2nd Cup of Coffee" blog. For your reading pleasure i present this week's Random Dozen: 1. Which physical trait do you now accept--maybe not love, but accept--and no longer feel extremely self-conscious about? ~ Wow, what a way to start it off! For me it's the fact i have a voice that is, well... let's just say not as deep as i would prefer. 2. This week Meredith Baxter Birney, best known as the mom on the favorite 80s sitcom "Family Ties" came out of the closet, which led me to formulate this question: Who do you think is/was the best TV mom? ~ To be honest... i never gave it much thought... since i have been put on the spot i would have to say Kim Brown from 'The Unit.' She's smart, tough, and does what she needs to do for her family. 3. Do you speak any foreign languages? Are there any you'd like to learn? ~ To my shame i do not. I know a sprinkling of phrases or words from several languages, but i could not find a bathroom in any non-english speaking country in the world. 8( I would like to learn Spanish, and Japanese. Just not sure i am disciplined enough to actually do something about it. 4. Who is your personal hero? ~ I have three. One living, and two long dead. The living one would be CJ Mahaney. I admire this man for his humility, his humbleness, and his willingness to laugh at himself. He has overcome his own personal lack of higher education and set himself to study and verse himself in all things Christ. One of the long dead hero's i would like to present is Thomas Jonathon Jackson, aka "Stonewall". This man also over came the loss of his immediate family and lack of educational opportunities to rise up and make something of himself. And like CJ once God awoke his heart and mind to the things of the gospel he "sold out" heart-mind-and soul. The last person who is my personal hero is the First on the list. He is Jesus Christ, my Lord, my Savior. He literally is my all. While we aspire to be like our hero's, until He called me i never gave Him a second thought, and now He is working with His Father in heaven to make me into His image more and more everyday. 5. What is one holiday food that you find extremely difficult to resist over- indulging in? ~ This one is easy. Pumpkin Pie. Especially my beloved's homemade pie (made with Libby's pie filling). I could eat that until i get sick. I will eat her pie in place of breakfast, lunch AND/OR dinner! 6. Tell me about a Christmas decoration that has special meaning or sentimental value. ~ I am not a really sentimental kind of guy. I cannot think of anyone ornament that stands out above the others. For me the one i care the most about is the star we place at the top. It is always placed last. 7. How do you feel about snow? ~ Snow is a mixed bag for me. I hate being cold, but i hate being wet AND cold even more. But as i've gotten older (i.e. wiser - i hope) i've learned how to bundle up and dress in layers better (another benny from being in the Guard). When i was on active duty i grew to enjoy being out in it. While colder, it is a lot like being out in the rain... which i love. 8. On average, how many hours of sleep do you get each night? Not that I'm jealous of any number over three or anything. ~ Hmm... this is a hard one since it's hard to keep track. In general i believe it's about 6 hours total, but usually in 2-3 hour chunks. 9. Tell me about your first crush. ~ That would be my beloved. Ok, no one is buying that? Um... it was the daughter of one of my mom's "friends". It didn't last very long, or get very serious. 10. You're stuck in a room for 2 hours with only a chalkboard and chalk. What will you write/draw? ~ I honestly have no clue! 8) It all depends on my mood, things that i am currently thinking about... things i was doing prior to be locked away... etc. 11. Do you dress for the current temp or for the day's forecast? ~ Another thing the Guard taught me is you do not dress for the current temp, but the temp it will be at later in the day. This is because it was not possible to change the layers, etc., and you had to economize loads. The only thing that i will do regarding current weather is to make sure i am dressed for rain/snow, etc. 12. Favorite Christmas movie is? ~ Another easy one for me: A Christmas Carol. I like the story of how Ebenezer Scrooge changes once he sees his life in perspective. I have been known to watch almost any version of this classic, but my all time favorite is the one Patric Stewart has done for A&E. Mr. Stewart is excellent in this rendition of the movie. I've always wanted to see his one man show version, but money and distance are the biggest factors.
That is all i have for today. I pray that this finds each of you enjoying God's Amazing Grace.