Dean on March 7th, 2015

Feb 1st – Super Bowl Sunday…. Enjoyed a PACKED house in children’s church worship.  If you want your kid to have a great experience at church, give Ebenezer a shot.  It’s a great experience. (Adults have a great experience there also!)  Interesting Super Bowl, huh?  Only a rookie would look for the pass.

Feb 2nd – Today, my teams at work shifted a lot!  New roles, new expectations, great team.  Bring on 2015.   Lazy evening at home.  Booked our 20th anniversary trip today.  7 days at Disney… No kids…  WOOT!

Feb 3rd – Woke up with a headache and a dog that wouldn’t cooperate on a poop schedule.  My issues are trivial compared to others in my life, fighting for their life! I want to take the test for the next level of Amateur Radio.  Started cramming for my General Test tonight. I have so much to learn by Saturday.

Feb 4th – I tell people all the time when someone’s name pops into your mind, call them (or text,email, visit, etc.) because God put them on your mind for some reason.  Today,  I got a text from my friend Scott Raynor to see if I could do lunch.  I was free.  We did lunch!

Feb 5th – I got my eyes checked out today.  They dilated them.  WOW… Prior to the appointment, I asked the nurse if I needed someone to drive me home.  She said, most people drive themselves home.   Truth:  those people should NOT be driving.  Call me a wimp but I won’t do that again.

Feb 6th – It was Father Daughter dance night tonight.  She’s growing up and I really wonder how many more years before I don’t get the pleasure of taking her out to eat, all dressed up beforehand.  I’ll post pictures.

Feb 7th – Took my Amateur Radio General test today in Charleston. Passed and I can now talk around the world.  Well.. I’ve got to get some equipment and put an antenna up… May be months before that happens!

Feb 8th -Woke up this morning and took my family on a horse-drawn carriage ride in Charleston.  Beautiful area, enjoyed the time with my family.  Ate at Justine’s Kitchen.  Fantastic place.

Feb 9th – Amateur Radio Note: Called the PALSNET tonight for the first time as a general status.  Felt the same.  :-)

Feb 10th – Had lunch with a really great and long term friend today.  Since he’s pretty private, I’ll spare the details.  It was great catching up! Picked up Breanna from TKA tonight.  The boys basketball team was winning 43-10 in the 3rd period.  The second string played the entire second half.  Proud of the TKA JV basketball team.  Felt terrible for the other kids.  Proud of the coach for not running up the score and playing the second string.  Apparently the first string only play a period and a half before being pulled.

Feb 11th – Traveled to Charlotte today to learn more about Lync as our unified communications front.  It’s being re-branded as Skype for Business.  I wish I had walked away with warm and fuzzies but I didn’t.  Sigh…  We’ll see how that progresses but I suspect a lot of work in the future is coming.

Feb 13th – While today isn’t the actual day, I celebrated 21 years with ACS Technologies.  Wow.  Honestly, there are days it feels like it’s been 35 years but most of the time, it’s feels like 2 years.  So many things have changed since I joined the team.  I’ve been with ACST almost more than half my life.

Feb 14th – It was 1989, around January that we started dating. With a few boneheaded years as she calls them, I celebrated over 25 Valentine days with my honey…. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feb 17th – I sat down with a couple of financial resources today.  One is a dear friend and the other a planner brought in to listen and advise.  While I’m not going to be retiring anytime soon, I am on the right path.  Good decisions are being made.  Thank you God for giving me the ability to get up and make a financial future for my family.

Feb 18th – Had lunch with the team today. We celebrated birthdays.  It’s times like these that remind me how great the team is around me.

Feb 22nd – Today, our Sunday School lesson had two important lessons.

  • Eph 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
    • No matter what is going on in your relationships, they are not the enemy. Satan is.
  • Eph 6:13 – Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
    • Do all that you can….everything that you can.  When that is all you’ve got, Stand firm.

Feb 23rd – Sometimes I’m convinced that God blesses us in spite of ourselves.  Today, I was brutally reminded of that.

Feb 27th – Enjoyed an evening with old friends and new ones.  Thanks Ebenezer Youth for your Monthly Coffee house and karaoke.

Feb 28th – Sent my little girl off on a 7 day mission trip.  Wow…7 days.  I pray for boldness and action on their team but safety and peace while they’re gone are important also.  I’m proud of my Breanna!

Dean on February 3rd, 2015

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Jan 1st – Celebrated the new year! Friends didn’t leave the house until 2am.  We’re too old for that but loved every minute of that.

Jan 2nd – visited the neighbors for a bonfire.  Do you ever hang out with your neighbors?  Heck, we’re never even outside during the winter much less with other people!

Jan 8th – The day we decided to stop the fight to save Mom’s life.  Today, a year ago, she entered Hospice.  Today, my sister-in-law’s dad passed away in that same hospice house.

Jan 10th – Today, I traveled to Sumter to support my brother and sister-in-law as they laid her father to rest.  It was 1 year ago today, that I broke the news to my family and friends that my mom had left this earth and moved into eternity.

Jan 13th – I had the opportunity to sit in a meeting in one of the most influential people in the Pee Dee Region.  Due to the nature of the meeting, I can’t tell you who but I got to watch how he and his staff handle being challenged on a key issue that they speak about all around the area on their billboards.  I learn a lot from these interactions.  I actually put on a coat and tie.

Jan 15th – I sat through a board meeting for the House of Hope of the Pee Dee to hear how tough decisions, faith in God, and hard work helped turn a ministry around from certain death to being completely caught up on all expenses and having cash in the bank.  Now, to pay off the line of credit and to solidify for the long haul!

Jan 18th – I finally got all the Christmas decorations put back in the attic….well almost.  I also ran 2 miles.  The first run I’ve gone for since Nov 4, 2014.

Jan 19th – I got asked whether or not I was “The Jester”.  I’m not going to link to it for fear of retaliation but google the name and add “hacker”,  You’ll see why someone gives me more credit that I’m due.

My wife and daughter accidentally left some shoes they had just purchased behind at the mall after eating in the food court.  A good samaritan found them, turned them in.  Tonight, we have shoes that honestly I can’t believe someone didn’t take.

Jan 20th – I was greeted on Facebook by a story that shows that Dave Ramsey isn’t just full of catch phrases.   Really, if you like like no one else, you can live like no one else.  Check out the article here.  The couple shared a little more here. Thanks Tammy for sharing with me!

Jan 21st – I attended a Florence meeting that discussed serious issues in our community regarding racial divide, homelessness, and other serious topics.  Leadership from many areas (commerce, government, arts, ministry, etc) were represented.  We’ll see how that works out. I’m hoping for change.

Jan 22nd – I pushed my running to 3 miles.  Seems silly to push to 3 miles when I’ve only run once in 3 months but I get disgusted when I run less than I use to be able to. I took it slow and finished well.  I’ll take an 11:37 pace for my second run.  I realized (again) that exercise isn’t hard.  Is’t mostly mind over laziness.

Jan 23rd – I saw a nasty accident with a burning car.  It appears everyone got out in time.  Wow.  Life is precious.  Picked up Breanna from Lake City tonight so we stopped by Schoolhouse BBQ. That may be only the 2nd time we’ve eaten there together as a family.

Jan 24th – Today, I realized 2 things.  I dress like my father used to when I’m hanging around the house.  That led me to realize that I don’t really care what others think about how I dress when I run.  I wore over-the-calf white tube socks, gray shorts, a yellow t-shirt, and red shoes to run (only got 1.52 miles) in today.  I looked stupid if you’re into fashion.  To me, I felt great.  It was cold out there.

Jan 25th – We started a 4 week series on Stewardship.  If only we all gave 10% like we are called to do.  I suspect the world would be a very different place.  Enjoyed the lesson.

Jan 29th  – ran 3 miles today.  Enjoyed it but my foot hurts again now.  ugh.

Jan 30th – picked up Breanna from basketball tonight.  Watched a little bit of the game.  I get all riled up inside watching the boys and girls play.  Wow, glad I don’t have a kid on the court!

Jan 31st – Upgraded the kids’ trampoline today.  Purchased a new mat, new spring cushions, and installed a safety net.  The kids love it and I feel better about them being on there.  Capped off this month with a trip to Shiloh Fish House.  MMMM MMMM Good.   Ran into my college roommate Jeff there.  Great catching up with him!


Looking back… this was an interesting month…. Hope you enjoyed the review.