As a rule, I am very much on board with being all in on the long game, as Gary Vaynerchuk often talks about. This simply means there are few decisions that I will make today that doesn’t take into account the future vision I have for my work and my family. This means I often am thinking 2-3 years ahead, at least.
The past three weeks have brought about a myriad of changes, challenges, and triumph for my family. Although my wife was not due for another 2 weeks, she gave birth to our 3rd child, a boy, on February 11 at 7:57pm. He is a little person (dwarf) like my wife and I, and we named him Zacchaeus (yes, after the Bible character that you can read about here).
Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to Michael Jr. speak at my company’s weekly devotional. To say the least, he was awesome. As part of his message, he shared with us this video. It serves as a great reminder that our true value in life is what we give, not what we take.
You wake up with stiffness in your aging back. The kids refuse to move as fast as you’d like, which is now making you late for work. You hurry to your car only to hear that dreaded sound, ‘click … click’. In a matter of minutes, your hopeful morning feels as though it is falling apart before your very eyes.
In the span of a few short years, I have gone from a single (and broke) college student, to married with two beautiful children. I cannot begin to tell you how these new roles have totally redefined my purpose in life.
During Memorial Day weekend, my family took a not-so-planned trip to the Louisville Zoo. We had been wanting to take out two year old son, Noah, for a while now. But, we wanted to wait as long as we could to make sure he was old enough to enjoy it. It was a rousing success.
The orangutan was one if the first exhibits that we walked through. As you can see, Noah was mesmerized. So was the orangutan. Of course, true to Noah’s love for Curious George, Noah promptly referred to him as “George!?”.
The last few weeks have been kind of nuts. On March 14, my wife and I welcomed our brand new daughter, Jubilee Grace. As you can see, even her big brother couldn’t be more thrilled. We are extremely blessed.