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Thanks

Posted in Faith & Religion, Family, Life, people with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2008 by Rick

God is merciful, just, and gracious. He has displayed His faithfulness, favor and forgiveness. God is my hope and salvation and for that, He alone, deserves my worship and praise. I have gotten better about regularly thanking God for the many things He’s given me and spared me from. I truly believe if He never did another thing for me I would still have infinite praise to give. I won’t run down the list but I do want to give thanks for the gift of a loving wife and two awesome children. Thanks God!

Jaxon The Shoe Bandit

Jaxon The Shoe Bandit

Ashlyn The Heart Melter

Ashlyn The Heart Melter

Heather The Queen Of My Heart

Heather The Queen Of My Heart

Psalm 136:1-9

1) O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2) O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. 3) O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 4) To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever. 5) To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever. 6) To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever. 7) To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever: 8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever: 9) The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

32!!! That’s A BIG Number!

Posted in Birthday, Concerts, Early Death, Music, parenthood with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2008 by Rick

Okay so that may be relatively overstated. Unless you are younger than thirty, in which case I’m spot on. Truthfully, I’m fighting the sudden urge to not feel great about this birthday. It’s so weird when you’ve been conditioned as a kid to celebrate this day as if it’s the greatest day the world has ever seen, then you wake up on the thirty-second anniversary of your birth praying that someone other than your spouse and your mom remembers. When I get out of Self Central I realize that 32 is a true blessing from God and evidence of His sustaining grace. There was a time when I thought I’d be out of here much earlier at the hands of untamed pursuits of pleasure. I’ll never know how much longer I would have lasted had I continued my transgression trek but I’m glad God’s mercy granted me time to surrender and change lanes. I have seen His hand of judgment in my life and I thank Him for caring enough to wield it. God is good.

SO, with that In mind, on May 19th, 2008,  I  want to celebrate year number 32 on this beautiful blue marble by praising God for my incredible wife, my wonderful 15 month-old son Jaxon, my fetal daughter Ashlyn, an awesome mom and dad, three loyal younger brothers, a loving sister, two jobs that I love, and many other important yet innumerable blessings I don’t deserve.

Me and mom 32 years ago.

How does a 21 year old mom celebrate her son’s 3rd birthday in 1979? She takes him to see the Jackson Five w/ Natalie Cole. I can’t believe they let her bring me in that place!