• Rich and Traci at the Gaylord
    at the Gaylord 2012
I Have What I Deserve… Now To Change That

I Have What I Deserve… Now To Change That

I was listening to a man speak who was referencing Warren Buffet. Warren Buffet had been speaking to a group of high school students when one of the students asked how they could make money and be successful. He answered the question by having the student look around the room. He then asked the student who he would choose if he could earn 10% of their income for life. Who…

Giant Parade Inflatables and Growing Old

Giant Parade Inflatables and Growing Old

Growing old… so far I’m not a fan. Life is frail as it is, but when the weeks and months become years and decades, life goes from frail to fragile. I imagine I’m like everybody else… reflecting on my childhood, the people that were a part of my life and things I was able to do. I have great memories of daily wiffle ball games. I was the Cardinals and Jimmy…

I’m Losing My Marbles

I’m Losing My Marbles

I turned 50 about 4 months ago. I still have not wrapped my head around the idea that I reached 50 years old. At times I still feel like I’m half that age (at least mentally). However, I am finally getting up the nerve to do something that I should have done long time ago. About 10 years ago when I was turning 40 I heard of an idea of…

Sick and Tired of Being Fat, Out-of-Shape, and Poor

Sick and Tired of Being Fat, Out-of-Shape, and Poor

To say that 2015 has been a struggle is an understatement. Much of it is my own doing. Some of it was from circumstances out of my control. And 100% of it was my poor response to the situation. 2015 has seen some tough times financially. I’ve gained 30 pounds. I’ve gone from running half marathons to barely being able to run 60 seconds… maybe. That changes now – September…

My First 18 Months @ Gateway

My First 18 Months @ Gateway

In September 2013, I went somewhat reluctantly to Gateway Church, at their new Grand Prairie campus. We had been over 13 years at one church, and 3+ years at another, but we believed God was moving us to a new church. We just didn’t know where. On this particular September Sunday, it was just my wife and I planning to attend the service as our kids were gone for the weekend. I say…

Finally… the End of the Road

Finally… the End of the Road

“Are we there yet?” When you’re on a long road trip, that is the question that is circling through everyone’s mind. 1,100 miles from Dallas to Disney World 750 miles from Dallas to family in Illinois 950 miles from Lincoln, IL to Ontario to go fishing 8,200 miles to fly from Chicago to Nairobi These are all trips I have been on multiple times. When does this journey end? Where…

My George Bailey Moment

My George Bailey Moment

I don’t know how many times you have watched “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but I know that it has been many, many times over my young 49 years. It never gets old (at least not for me). We usually try and watch as many different Christmas shows and movies as we can. We all took our places on couches, chairs, or the floor.  I put the disc in and hit…

My Running Plan

My Running Plan

This is a post for all of us who have a few extra pounds around our waist and cannot simply decide to go run 10 miles today. What Is My Running Plan? Simply, my plan is to do a 5K in November in under 30 minutes. I have done the Jeff Galloway approach over the last couple years, which is a run/walk method. It is very effective. However, this time…