September 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I do not often stop to think about, reflect on and thank God for the many gifts that I have. I have been richly blessed and the midst of the busyness of life, I do not stop enough to be thankful. I have much to be thankful for. I am most thankful to and for God, but there is so much more. The greatest gifts I experience here on earth truly are relationships. So many wonderful relationships: family, friends, church members, colleagues and even strangers. I have been truly gifted to be able to know so many wonderful people. Mentors, colleges and friends who have shaped me in such dramatic ways. So many gifts, so little time to be thankful enough!

Why I love Orange

September 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I often get asked  why it is that I love orange so much. When I am asked, I generally offer one of a couple responses, but decided that it would be fun to write a blog about why I enjoy the color orange so much.


  1. I have always liked the color orange. It is vibrant, fun, easy to notice and not as celebrated as many of the other main colors.


  1. I grew up near Syracuse, NY, home of the Syracuse Orange. I am a fan, particularly when it comes to college basketball.


  1. The Denver Broncos. Admittedly this is a new reason to like orange. I was not a fan (also did not dislike them) until Peyton Manning came to Denver. I am a huge fan of his. Having lived in Colorado and having liked orange along with Peyton, I figured it was time. Plus, Denver is Orange/Blue/White just like Syracuse, so why not?n…


  1. I love pumpkin. I love all things flavored pumpkin; pumpkin spice latte’s, pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin soup, pumpkin candy, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes, pumpkin ice cream and so o


  1. The orange church. This is also a new one, but a movement called Orange thinks about the color orange in a new way in the life of the church and families. Red represents the heart, the family and yellow represents the light, the church. The two forces separate are not as powerful as the two forces together as they create a new thing; orange.


So there you have it, the five main reasons I like the color orange. Now you know and you can find total fulfillment in life.

Updated Bucket List

September 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

I am excited to update my bucket list just a little in honor of the start of the NFL season. I am excited to accomplish at least one item this year and am always thinking of some more. None of it would be possible without God and the many amazing people God put into my life.

Working Bucket List:

-Take my wife and kids to Disney World
-Take my wife and kids to Disneyland
-See a NFL game live
-See Peyton Manning play live
-Go to the Super Bowl
-Get doctorate
Almost Complete:
-Visit Israel

Not Completed:
-Do Disney World with my family, my sisters family and our parents
-Go to Africa
-Meet Peyton Manning
-Take Micah & Abby to El Salvador to meet our Compassion Kids
-Go to Germany
-Go on an African Safari
-Go to Australia
-Go to NCAA Final Four
-See Syracuse play in NCAA Final Four
-Scuba & Snorkel in Amazing Places
-Visit all 50 states (I have 30-35 done)
-Visit at least 3 other continents (done North & South America of course)
-Take Micah to a Super Bowl