Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Questions for Spouses to Ask Each Other

20090621_PICT00142-croppedAfter close to 19 years of marriage I’m still learning the art of loving my wife.  There aren’t huge changes, but subtleties that happen.

Ursula’s such a blessing!  She loves our family so much and is concerned about more than her sweet mind can contain.  As mentioned before, she’s going to school full time at Paul Mitchell from Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 5pm.  She still has her part time job at the church.  She takes care of me and the kids.  An example of her awesomeness is that she’ll make dinner for us in the morning so that we don’t have to do it when she’s working at church in the evening.  She’s got her homework, help with the kids’ homework and then still has time to listen to the challenges of my day.  Her school will take a year.  We’re praying for strength through this season as it’s a bit overwhelming for everyone. 

Again, Ursula is a blessing!  Ursula is such a blessing that I want to honor her in the way that I love her! 

To really honor each other, we’ve got to keep learning about each other.  To do this, we’ve got to ask some probing questions and not assume that what they enjoyed last year is what enjoy now.  Perry Noble does an awesome job with sharing some questions that can be asked to show that you really do care.

Five Questions Husbands Should Ask Their Wives

Four Questions Wives Should Ask Their Wives

Also, know if we don’t ask these type of questions from time to time, we’re more apt to become complacent with our love for each other.

Now here’s the important part… ask the questions and act upon the answers!  If she said that she’d like to go on a picnic with just you.  Make it the best picnic ever!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

1,000 Miles

DRC-10k-croppedI hit a great milestone recently… I’ve run over 1,000 miles since starting running.  It wasn’t long ago, nearly a couple of years that my daughter asked me to run in a 1 mile fun run.  Nothing sounded fun about that run.  I had to say no.  I love that I don’t have to say no anymore.

As always, I’ve got to give props to my running sister, Denise.  She’s my biggest inspiration.  There isn’t a run that goes by that I don’t think of her.  Running and smiling are synonymous thanks to her!

How do I keep track of all of those miles?  I use a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Watch and an awesome shareware application: SportTracks. This software has been the best in showing information about a recent run, progress over the months, and of course the price is right.

I’m looking forward to my first marathon in December!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Flash Mobs

I like to people watch at malls, airports, and recently Six Flags.  It’s interesting to see the mesh of all the different people in different settings.

Flash mobs are very interesting as I like to see the reactions of people experiencing these happening.  A flash mob is pretty much an organized group of people doing something out of the ordinary in a public setting.  Here’s an organized one to promote Fame.

If you do a search on YouTube for Flash Mob, you’ll find a bunch of Flash mobs ranging from people frozen in time to organized ninja fights. I prefer the ninja fights!

I also like the spontaneity of this Flash Mob.  Definitely unorganized!  This guy was just having a great time and everyone wanted to join him.  My daughter would have made me stop dancing or got very far away from me.

Another view, but much closer to the action…