Friday, November 12, 2004

The Deer Hunter

Ahh yes...It is that time of the year again. Actually, it was that time of the year a week ago - but some of us are slow on getting things moving.

We head out tonight for a nice weekend of deer hunting. This will be my 2nd year going out with this same group of friends. I really enjoy spending time with them. I was talking with one of the guys last night about whether I was interested in getting a deer? Not shooting a deer, of course we want to do that, but actually getting a deer. There seems to be a couple of people in our group who enjoy the hunting part, but are not found of the consuming part. I said that I would be willing to take a deer. My wife got a nice chuckle when I let her know that I would be bringing a deer home and hanging it until Monday night when we would be butchering it. Without having any trees to hang it from, she was thrilled to hear that I would be hanging it in the garage until Monday.

My boys are very excited about the possibilities of getting to see the deer once it has been shot. Hopefully it won't create any long-term negative effects.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Blessed?? Absolutely!!!

I guess that each of us will have a different perspective on things that happen in our lives in regards to whether we feel that we have been blessed. Some will look at the balance in their bank accounts as an indication of the level of their blessings, while others will look at the "stuff" they have accumulated as their benchmark. Last evening, while lying in bed with my wife, I realized where her perception lies.

We had finished playing a couple of intense games of 5ive Straight (which is a game that I did not care for at first, but we have now created quite a rivalry) and were preparing for bed. As we lay in bed, my wife said to me, "Even with all of the difficult things that we are dealing with in our lives, there is nobody that I would rather have by my side to work through these things."

It was at that moment that I was once again reminded of why I do what I do. She is the blessing in my life. She has shown more patience with me than I could have ever asked from one person. I am always reminded of the line from the Jack Nicholson/Helen Hunt movie As Good As It Gets - "You make me want to be a better man". That is how my wife makes me feel. She makes me want to improve myself physically. To be a better husband; a better father. I want to grow closer with God, to put my faith and trust in Him and not in others. I want to show my children everything that I missed out on in being brought up in a God-less home. She makes me want to be a better friend, both to her and to our acquaintances. She makes me want to be more honest - with myself and with God.

Do we have a perfect marriage? Not a chance. Are there things I would like to change about our relationship? Definitely. But only things going forward. I would not trade any of the experiences that we have been through for anything. I don't care that our bank account barely hovers in the positive. I don't care that we don't drive newer cars. I don't care that we have a mountain of debt that at times feels so incredibly overwhelming. I don't care that we don't have new furniture or big TV's or a swimming pool or anything of those things. I am immeasurably happy that I have a family that I adore with every ounce of my soul. I love my family! My wife, my 2 sons - nothing else makes me happier than to come home each day from work and see my indescribable love for them being reflected right back at me.

God will take care of our burdens!! My goal is to focus on my heart and the heart of my family to make sure that we all realize how wonderfully God has already blessed us. Sometimes I feel a slight tinge of guilt as I start to feel that I have been blessed more by them, than they from me.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The great I-Pod caper.

I have heard from a couple of friends who have actually received their I-Pods as promised - For FREE!!!

I thought that I would give it a shot to see if I could obtain one myself.

Simply click on the link below and then sign up for one of the offers. If you are looking for an offer to sign up for that does not cost you any money - there is one for Infone that you will only be charged if you call them rather than 411. I figure since I couldn't remember their number, I won't have to worry about it.

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