BoyOrGirlI don’t think I’ve officially announced it to those of you that follow this blog, but my wife is pregnant with our 2nd child! We are really excited about adding to our family, and this week is a special week.

On Friday, we will have an ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby. When it comes to guessing “boy or girl,” everyone has an opinion. So, I figured why not take a vote!

Cast your vote by leaving a comment below with Boy or Girl. I will tall the results before tomorrow appointment, and then we’ll announce the “correct answer.”

Here is Maggie making the big announcement to our families a couple of months back. (FYI, Dana, Maggie, and I believe it is a Boy. But of course, we’re happy either way!)

Big Sister

The Thoughts of Babies

October 31, 2012 — Leave a comment

This is a very interesting video about the theory of learning in babies. The speaker, Alison Gopnik, introduces the idea that babies and young children are like the research and development division of a company, and adults are more like the production and marketing. Infants are exploring and processing information, making and testing hypotheses, and storing data for future use. Adults are much more focused on taking that information and applying it in practical ways. In short, our focus makes us less creative and less inquisitive about the world around us.

As a parent of a 2-year-old, this video was fascinating because I see this behavior every day. It helps me to understand what’s really going on inside her head when I think there is nothing much in there!

As someone who works with preteens, this video helps me think about how we can help preteens to be more inquisitive and creative like younger children. I spend a lot of time trying to get preteens to do “grown up” thinking, but how do we encourage them to think in the other direction?

13.1 Miles Behind Me

October 30, 2012 — 1 Comment

Soaring Wings Half Marathon I did it. I finished the 13.1 miles and the 40-Day Challenge. Here’s how the day went:

The Start:

As I randomly stepped into line with over 1600 people to start the race, I realized I was standing next to two volunteers from our preteen ministry! The beginning of the race was by far the most nerve-wracking, so it was so calming to see friends and be encouraged.

Mile 3:

I passed under a bridge that was a later part of the course. As I was suffering through Mile 3, I looked up and saw the lead group breezing by on Mile 6! It was a very humbling experience.

Mile 5:

A 12-year old boy caught up to me and asked what distance we’d run so far. I told him that we were just past Mile 5, and then he said to me, “Hmm, I thought we had run a lot further than that.” Then, he took off ahead of me with little effort. Again, a very humbling experience.

Mile 8:

I passed a spectator who was holding a sign that read, “Keep Going! The end isn’t even close! It’s still far, far away” The reality of that statement really did make me laugh and it eased the pain just a little.

Mile 11:

I realized that I was actually going to finish. Not only that, but I was ahead of the 2 hour 15 minute pace group, so I was way ahead of my predicted time. I started to work that my family wouldn’t make it to the finish line by the time I crossed it.

Mile 12:

I decided that I was going to sprint to the finish line. I looked at the runners ahead of me and picked out an “enemy.” I determined that I was going to beat that person, and I pushed the last half-mile to do so. I was really pleased when I crossed the line a split second ahead of the 56 & 59-year old ladies. Take that!

Soaring Wings Half Marathon

The whole idea was about challenging myself and learning from the experience. I finished the race in 2 hours 12 minutes 28 seconds. It was a great experience that has really spurred me to take care of myself physically.

After the race, I told my wife, “Now, the goal is to not stop. I need to keep running and get better so that the next time is easier.” That statement is so true for all areas of life.

I wrote last week about looking for my next challenge. God has already starting stirring something inside of me and I can’t wait to share more about that challenge.

Running Feet

Thirty-eight days ago, I began a 40-day challenge. You can read more about the crazy idea here.

I’m two days away from the 13.1-mile adventure. I have a ton of questions running (pun intended) through my head.

Am I ready?
Will I finish?
If so, will it be a respectable time?
Am I going to die?
Would any anyone come scrap me off the road if I did?

I’m sure the questions and nerves will only grow over the next 48 hours. As my mind races toward to finish line (pun intended) of the 40-day challenge, I have tried to think about what this process taught me.

Here are 4 things that I learned on the 40-day challenge:

#1—I need more discipline.

I have some bad habits. I eat too much, and most of it is junk. My sleep schedule is way out of whack. I procrastinate on important projects and then panic when they have to be done at the last minute. This totally throws me off schedule and into bigger trouble. These issues were present before, but the 40-day challenge really exposed the problem. I’m not sure how I’m going to solve it, but I really need to do something.

#2—I need more excitement.

I am an adrenaline junkie. I love to take on big tasks just so I can feel the pressure and excitement. The nervous energy that I’m feeling right now is actually something I crave. I have a passion to feel like I’m teetering on the edge of failure or something great. The 40-Day Challenge has reminded me that I need to take risks and dream big ideas in other areas so that I can experience the same excitement and possibly accomplish great things.

#3—I need more support.

The last 38 days have been pretty brutal, especially on the few long runs I’ve made. The worst part about the training was doing it alone. I realized several times in the process that the training would be much easier and much more enjoyable if I was doing it with a partner or team. This easily translates into other areas of my life. I need to partner with others in ministry to make the task easier and more enjoyable.

(My wife has been a great support, even though she thinks I might die mid-way through the race. I love you, honey!)

#4—I need more challenges.

The 40-Day Challenge has taught me a lot about myself. It has helped me to see what I am capable and incapable of doing. The challenge may be a half marathon, but the training and lessons are much more about life than running. As I come to the end of the challenge, I’m really excited to think about what could be the next challenge. Will it be another physical challenge? Will it be a mental or spiritual challenge? I want to continue to push myself in these areas so that I can be a better ministry leader, better husband, and better disciple of Jesus Christ.

I can wait to post about the race experience–that is if I make it out alive! I will have 13.1 miles to think about what I’m doing, so I’m sure I’ll have something to say about it. If you would like to support the awesome cause of the race, Soaring Wings Ranch, please do so at the link below.

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