Front Porch

I’m a guy who enjoys the simple pleasures in life. That being said, I’ll cut right to the chase. When we moved to Brighton we bought a home that was perfect for our family. To me, the one drawback was that the front porch was empty.

Well, I got it in my mind a few weeks ago to change that. Stephanie laughs at me when I get in these moods but I was at the point where the porch could no longer be empty. I went to Lowe’s and bought a couple of black rocking chairs and ordered a porch swing off this website.

The results were incredible! Not only did the house look a lot better with our porch furniture, but the entire family absolutely loves it. Now, Stephanie and I can rock or swing on the front porch while the boys run around and play in the front yard. It’s almost like my own little piece of Mayberry. And if you know me, that’s a big deal!

Here are a few pictures so you can see what life is like on our front porch.

Quote of the Day

This is a momentous occasion…Judd’s first quote of the day. He’s talking SO much since he got tubes in his ears. Safe assumption: he’s probably hearing much better!

Judd is going through a pretty demanding stage where he wants to be held all the time. His favorite thing to do is come up to you, raise his arms toward the sky and say, “up…up…up.” So, I picked him up the other day and he gets even more demanding. He says, “out…out,” directing me to go out of the room.

I said, Judd, you are NOT the boss son, Daddy is the boss. All of the sudden, he looked me in the eyes and said, “No…ME…boss!” I’m not quite sure, but I think it was his very first sentence! I quickly reminded him that daddy was definitely in charge and Judd was not and before we left the room he said, “Daddy…boss.” 🙂

Thoughts About Travel and Family

Well, I’ve been in Mexico since Monday and we have definitely had a wonderful time. It has been absolutely incredible, but I am ready to see my family! I miss my wife and kids big time! I don’t travel a lot because I don’t like to be away from home very much.

For one reason, I really feel like I need to put a stake down in Millington and let everyone know that’s where I am and that’s where I want to be. But also, I need to avoid the temptation to go here, there and everywhere while my family stays home. I’m trying to be more strategic about my travel and I’m learning you just can’t do everything; even everything you WANT to do!!!

This is definitely a trip I want to do and will continue to do. Hopefully next year I’ll be able to bring Stephanie with me. This will be on my strategic list of destinations and mission trips. It’s been an amazing trip and I believe very fruitful for the Kingdom of God.

So, I’m ready to see my family. I miss them a ton right now and can’t wait to spend time with them. See you soon!!!

A First for Me (and Jake)

We all know that football season has arrived, and if you know me, you know this makes me very happy. Not only do I enjoy College Football, but I also love High School football. Tonight was a HUGE game in our area called “The M&M Bowl;” it’s Munford High School vs. Millington High School and it happens every year.

Well, tonight, I decided that I was going to go to the game. Of course, that’s not really big news, but I also decided that I was going to take Jake with me. This was the first time that he has ever been to a football game; in fact, he kept asking me if we were going to watch the Bulldogs. Stephanie was very worried because Jake didn’t take a nap today but he did great.

Now, I didn’t expect him to sit there and watch the game all night, I’m not sure I could even do that. So we walked in, bought him a bottle of water, walked around, sat in the stands for a little while, walked to the other side, sat in the grass for a little while, watched the band at half time and headed home.

It was a GREAT night and this is just one reason I LOVE being a dad.

Quote of the Day

The other day, Stephanie was talking to Jake about prayer. He had hurt his lip pretty bad (see previous post) and Stephanie had asked if he had thanked God for healing his lip.

He answered, “No. I’ll just tell Him when I get to Heaven.”

Stephanie: “Well you should tell Him thank you by praying to Him. That is how we talk to God before we get to Heaven.”

Jake: “Moooommmm, when I talk to Him, He never talks back.”

Stephanie: “(Chuckle) Baby, He does talk back to you.”

Jake: “Well I can’t hear Him.”