relationships

Love is in the Air…

Posted by on Feb 8, 2011 in relationships | 0 comments

Love is in the Air…

As we draw closer to Valentine’s Day and all the florists and chocolate shops are ramping up for their biggest season of the year – is it true that Love is in the Air?  Kanique and I have been married for 4 and half years and as I type this i’m getting ready to leave work and head home for our Date Night!!!  We  haven’t always celebrated Valentines Day for one reason or another (this was mutual I promise) but it is a healthy reminder to show your affection to ones you love both romantically and otherwise.

At church this past Sabbath I was able to sit in the Marriage Class during Sabbath School for a few minutes and the discussion was excellent as it always is.  In marriage it seems all the bumps, road blocks, and detours are universal so throw a bunch of married people together for discussion and your bound to have a great time.  The central theme around success in marriage after a real relationship with God is always Communication – we just seem to speak different languages and sometimes we need a translator.  This video is from BlueFishTV.com and talks about that very same thing…

ROFL – absolutely hilarious!  I wont get into how stereotypical this is or how spot-on this is but I do want to ask one question – Is Communication really the key?

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Guys Night Out

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011 in relationships | 8 comments

Guys Night Out

Monday Night = GNO…

For the past 7+ years at least 6 of us guys get together every monday night to hang out.  For the first year or so we’d go to Outback Steakhouse every monday and just kick it, eat, watch the game if it was Football season, and share our struggles and our victories.  It has been a real blessing in my life and has helped to keep me grounded and connected – even though the conversations aren’t overtly spiritual and we often times just talk garbage for the entire night there’s just something about getting away from everything for a few hours and act like we’re 16 again!  We’ve had Thanksgiving Dinners, fixed each others cars, christmas gift exchange, BellyOff Competition, Hospital Visits, pooled our Money for House fire Victims, helped each other Move, even installed a Wall Mount for a Flat Screen TV, a Over the Range Microwave, and a new Kitchen sink Faucet!  As i’ve said before my job requires a lot of travel and at any point if my wife needs something while i’m gone I can call anyone of these guys and they will come through.

When we started we were:

  1. Single (or Dating but not married)
  2. All under or just at 200 lbs
  3. Jovial with our Spiritual lives
  4. Careers were Non-Existent
  5. Renting our Homes
  6. Pretty Much Broke

At this point after growing the group from 6 to over 10, we’re:

  1. All Married
  2. All have kids or have one on the way or married into parenthood
  3. Careers took a hit but now we’re soaring
  4. Serious about our Spiritual lives
  5. No comment on the Weight…
  6. Own our homes (if you can even say that in this economy)
  7. Still fairly Broke but we make it look good!

Now i’d be lying if I said we attribute this all to GNO because there are a number of factors in our lives that have contributed to the transformation that has taken place but what I can say is it definitely has helped to shape us and make us into the men we are today (you don’t believe me go and ask one of our wives).  So what i’m trying to say is that we all need an outlet and for guys far too often GNO is seen as a time where we go and throw our responsibilities and commitments aside and act a fool.  It can be such a powerful tool if you connect with guys who push you to be a better you, who have similar beliefs, goals, and aspirations, guys who aren’t afraid to call you on the carpet and say “…bro – you know that aint right” willing to hold you accountable to the standard you’ve set for yourself.  In all honesty it was my girlfriend (now wife) who encouraged me to go to GNO and not just go but invest in the guys there and being obedient to that wisdom I can honestly say my life has been enriched because of it.

Shout out to SilverBack, BlackJew, SpanishRice, Farron, FlowTrackStar, Breathe Right, Curtis, Brutus HappyFeet, Size (General), Whispers, Homer, TailorMade, and Columbian – it’s your Boy da Chinaman!  Gonna really miss you guys when we move but we not gone yet – what’s up for Monday Night?!?!?!

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Its beautiful but….

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010 in parenting | 0 comments

Its beautiful but….

So Karsyn is 1 now or 13 months to be exact and for those who know us and see him regularly you know he has a ridiculous amount of hair. Even though his hair is gorgeous it’s become an increasingly annoying hassle to comb or braid every morning. In fact a lot of our friends and family have shared in this struggle with us and can testify to how hard it is to get it done.

Thats my boy(proud father grin) Gotta love this guy! Already practicing to be
an older brother but that’s for another post…

Anyway please turn your attention to the hair… Morning by morning he gives us a hard time as we simply try to make it look decent and presentable (and by we I mean Kanique with me holding him down or looking on in disgust – hey that’s hard work too). We start the day off with him very upset and us frustrated after the title bout is over so my vote has been to cut it! He doesn’t like it, we don’t like it, we start the day off in a bad mood, neither of us are hairdressers, and he’s a boy and boys don’t need all that hair. Simple solution – cut it off – right? You agree with me don’t you?

Well while in Florida for the holidays I finally got approval from mommy to cut
his hair! Here is the first official picture of the new and improved Karsyn!

Merry Christmas!

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