30 thoughts for 30, pt. 5

My birthday sign

I made it.  I made it to 30.  I never really doubted it, but I am glad to make it.  I know this is a few days late, but I am finally posting my final post in the series.  This post will also serve as a birthday wrap up since I had a pretty exciting birthday    I had such a fun day.  I ran 3.15 miles on my birthday morning before I went with Leah and our friend Ryan to eat at a restaurant called Elizabeth’s  It is a new favorite, and all you need to know is that they have praline bacon.  Everything else is good, but that is the best reason to go.

Leah and I shared their praline bacon and Bananas Foster stuffed french toast

Leah and I shared their praline bacon and Bananas Foster stuffed french toast.

After breakfast, Leah and I had to go to work until five.  Fortunately at my job, we celebrate birthdays well.  We had homemade fried rice and gumbo, and we had mint puppy chow and banana nut muffins.  After work, we went with some friends to eat downtown before our concert.  Overall, the day was really long, but a lot of fun.  I am so thankful for all the birthday wishes, food, and fellowship.  Thanks to my mom for sending me baby pictures and putting some on Facebook.  Thanks to the Mrs. for making the day so special.


Here are my final six thoughts…

  1. I miss the innocence of my childhood. I miss playing with my action figures and toy cars.  I miss being oblivious to world crises.  Now it is so easy to be discouraged by events taking place.  I really do miss that innocence.
  2. Some days I want to be an adult, and some days I don’t.  I like getting the perks of being an adult, and having a job.  I don’t like paying bills or dealing with conflict.  Some days being an adult is a lot of fun, and some days it is really hard.  I am thankful for those adults that have taught me what it means to be an adult.  I have learned a lot lately in how to handle conflict and interpersonal relationships.  It has been some of the hardest lessons to learn, but it has also been some of the most rewarding.
  3. Laziness is bad news.  Laziness ruins days and causes stress.  Some days I am very motivated, and some days I only want to be in bed and eat terrible food.  I am still learning how to overcome laziness, but hopefully I can learn soon enough.  I don’t want to push things off until the last minute any more.
  4. I love the places I have traveled too.  In our time in New Orleans, I have gotten to travel to some fun places.  Last year on my birthday I was in Toronto, ON, CA. for a school trip.  I had a lot of fun there, and I will always remember the pizza party we had while we watched The Empire Strikes Back on the TV.   The next month The Mrs. and I visited Los Angeles on another school trip.  I have also visited Western Canada, Alaska, and Seattle on mission trips.  I traveled up the New England coast while in high school.  I love traveling, and  hope to continue to visit new places for the rest of my life.
  5. There are so many other places I want to go.  My first thought is the Grand Canyon.  I really want to go visit out there.  I also want to visit the British Isles.   There is so much history there.  I could list many other places, but there is only limited space available.
  6. The hard things are what matter.  A coworker recently asked me why I would run a half-marathon if it hurt so much.  I let them know that it was worth the pain.  After I said that, I began to think about that.  It is the hard things that help develop stronger relationships.  It is the hard things that help athletes reach new levels.

This wraps up this series of 30 thoughts at 30, and I hope you had as much fun reading these thoughts as I did writing about them.  I would love you hear your thoughts on any of these subjects.

Where do you want to travel?

Where is your favorite place you have visited?


30 thoughts at 30, pt. 3

We all have them.  Crazy family stories that you either tell whenever you get together, or those secrets sworn to be hidden forever.  I love my family.  It is the family that God gave to me.  I have been truly blessed with a wonderful family that loves one another and get along great…most of the time at least.  I know that there are people that have bad family situations, and the mention of family brings up bad feelings and memories.  I hope this post does not seem pretentious.  I hurt for those people.  I am blessed with the family, and now as a husband, I want to be family to those people. Without further adieu, here are my thoughts on family.

  1. I love my wife.   I don’t want that to sound cliche or cheesy.  I really do love her.  I know that the Lord put us together for a reason.  When we started running together, I really liked her.  As I got to know her, I began to love her.  Now after almost five years of marriage, I love her more than I did on our wedding day.  If you know her, you know that we have a lot of fun together and laugh a lot.  I could say a lot about her, but I am so thankful for her, and so glad that God chose to put her in my life.  He knew what he was doing.  Our goal is to be married 100 years and be old together.  Only 95 more to go!
  2. I wish I had more time with family. Most of my family is in north Alabama and Georgia.  Leah’s parents are in Alabama, as well.  When we still lived in Alabama, we were only a couple hours away from my parents and her parents.  Now it is a multi-day commitment to visit either set of family members.  With our schedules, we don’t get to see them as much as we did in the past.  I hate that.  I really do.  I wish I could keep up with every single one of my family members because I care for each one of them.  I wish I could minister to each family member, personally.  God called us to New Orleans for a reason.  Leah and I know that and see confirmation of that almost everyday.  That means that we are not able to be there all of the time.  I have learned that prayer is the only way I can care for them sometimes.  It has taught me that I can’t care for everyone, and I know that only God can.
  3. It still blows my mind that we could have kids one day.  Yeah.  I really don’t know what else to say about that, but I am excited and scared about this possibility one day.
  4. The role of the family is an important one in today’s world.  I know the topic of marriage and family is a big issue right now, and I don’t want to dive into that here.  I do want to say that I believe God created the marriage relationship in a very specific way for reason.  I pray that Christian families and churches would live out the gospel and show the world that God has a plan for the family.
  5. Family members that aren’t blood.  Since I moved away from home, I have met some interesting people.  Some of those people are extremely talented, funny, intelligent, and some are weird.  Most people I either met in passing or knew superficially.  Then there were those of whom I developed a strong relationship.  But still there have been only a few guys that became family.  One of them I met at college when I didn’t really know anyone else.  We bonded over Jesus and football.  Eventually I lived with him before I got married, and then he would come and eat supper with us at least two nights a week.  We ran together, and we had a connection that was only something the Lord could create.  We would start one conversation, and then two days later we could pick right back up without any problem.  When I left my church in Alabama, I could not leave my youth group to just anybody.  I recommended him, and almost refused to let anyone else have a chance. There are others of course, but I don’t have all day, people.  I am thankful for those family members that are not blood related.
  6. I am thankful for my family.  I know I have said this over and over today, but I am thankful.  They have helped shape me into the person I am today.  I pray for them, and I ask you to pray for yours as well.

Tomorrow we are changing the subject once more, and I have no idea why I am talking about this subject.  Tomorrow I am talking about entertainment and culture.  I must be crazy, right?

Do you have any good family stories?

What should Leah and I do for our 5th anniversary?