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2017… I’m Finally Ready For Ya!

2017… I’m Finally Ready For Ya!

It took me a solid month to get my goal setting, planning, vision, and dreams set for the year. Now I’m ready.  This blog post is more for my own sake than it is for anyone else. I believe in writing out my goals, sharing them, making them public, and always before me. So, let’s get started… and not in any particular order because they are all priority! Health I’m…

What Happened 20 Years Ago

What Happened 20 Years Ago

Twenty years ago I disembarked from a British Airways DC10 and stepped into the international terminal at Chicago O’Hare with my wife and two small girls. Twenty-four hours of flying and layovers is typically enough to make anyone’s brain feel like jello and their thoughts foggy – but the compounding of events that led to this moment would forever change me. I was dazed, deadpan, and totally numb. It was 20…

Rich’s Bucket List

Rich’s Bucket List

For me, in my life right now, this may be one of the most important blog posts I have written in a long time. It’s my bucket list. I turned 51 last month, and as I move toward the autumn of my life, I want to create a list of things I want to accomplish before I kick the bucket. This bucket list will require some changes in my life…

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…

5 Months Ago…

5 Months Ago…

Five months ago today I said goodbye to my mother at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus. It had been a moment that I had prayed about for several years as I watched my mother’s health decline, and then exponentially degrade over the last 2-3 years. I prayed for her healing, but I also knew that this moment would come, where she would…

Three Things For The Next 8 Months

Three Things For The Next 8 Months

Whew… it is almost May. I hate being that person who says, “look at the time go by.” That’s the thing, I don’t want to watch time go by. I’ve become too aware of the shortness of days over the last 9 months. So many people have passed that were close to me. I want to savor and relish the days and hours. That got me to thinking… what are…

My Ideal Job

My Ideal Job

I’m sitting at the Gateway Cafe in Southlake, TX, wondering what it would take to walk away from everything… …I don’t know. Maybe it’s the Earl Grey Latte I’m drinking and the gloomy weather outside, but my mind is restless and it has wandered. Now, when I say “everything,” let me qualify that to mean my career, my business, my job. Not “every”thing… just everything that is my work. I’ve…

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

It’s been well over a month since I wrote something on my blog.  It’s been a month of extreme highs and lows. I left on December 8th for Orlando, Florida. With Traci, my wife and best friend in the world, where we spent 5 days at Disney World (sans kids) celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. We had the time of our life. We had been planning on this for awhile. We…

Closing A Chapter

Closing A Chapter

Whew… I’m not sure if I can write this or not. Twenty-one years ago I became a dad. Eighteen years ago I became a father of two incredible daughters. Just about thirteen years ago, I became a father of three, and now had a son. One of the things we have “tried” to do with our kids is teach them to be lovers of Jesus and to pursue Him. We…

Taking New Risks

Taking New Risks

Last night I did something I don’t normally do… well at least not anymore. At 18 I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. At 28 I probably would have done it. At 38 I couldn’t afford to do it. At 48, I have settled in a bit too much and become a bit too comfortable with myself and my surroundings.  I hate that. It is the exact opposite what…

Stuck In The Middle

Stuck In The Middle

Life for a 48 year old American just isn’t easy sometimes. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I’ve been busy. Traveling to visit family. Getting my oldest daughter home from an Alaska internship. Getting her back to college. Getting my youngest daughter off to college for the first time. Getting my son into Jr. High. He’s running cross country, so we’ve had those practices and meets. And going…