Archive for the ‘Friends’ Category

My Latest Pet Project

EdmundI’ve written here before about my friend Edmund and his incredible product, the All-Weather Firestarter. Now, I’m happy to share with you, my readers, an opportunity to not only own one of these fantastic tools but to also help a great guy take his business to the next level.

Edmund has started a campaign on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding site, and he his hoping to be able to raise the funds to buy the necessary machinery to increase his manufacturing capabilities tenfold. With internet sales booming, production needs to be able to keep up with the demand.

Please check out his campaign by clicking here and be as generous as you can. In my opinion the All-Weather Firestarter is absolutely the best one on the market, so you owe it to yourself to check it out. Everyone who participates in outdoor activities (hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, etc) needs one of these. BUT, so does anyone who uses a gas or charcoal grill, firepit, fireplace, or burn barrell. AND, it’s a necessity for survivalists and preppers. They also make great gifts for the man who has everything.

If you’re still not convinced, watch the video below, then click here to go to the Indiegogo campaign.

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What I’ve Learned – Take Two

LearnAbout a week ago, I published a post titled, “What I’ve Learned.” It contained a lot of wisdom, but it was from someone else. So, I decided to write out what I, myself, have learned. It may not be as long or profound as the previous post, but it will be more honest.

I’ve learned that no matter how badly I mess up, the people who love me will still love me; and no matter what kind, loving, or grand thing I do, those who hate me will never love me. I’ve learned that long-distance relationships are practically impossible to maintain. I’ve learned who I am; and more importantly, I’ve learned to love who I am. I’ve learned that I’m happier and make more friends when I’m just me and not some version of me that others want or expect me to be. I’ve learned that people can and will change, some for the better, some for the worse. I’ve learned that even when I change for the better, some people will keep treating me as if I’m still the old me. I’ve learned that actions really do speak louder than words. I’ve learned that music often speaks louder than speech. I’ve learned that there are things worse than losing a loved one in death. I’ve learned that plans change. I’ve learned that sometimes new friends become closer and dearer than old friends. I’ve learned not to speak about deep things to shallow people. I’ve learned that it’s important to have traditions. I’ve learned that sometimes I talk too much. I’ve learned that people can (and often do) surprise me in positive ways. I’ve learned to forgive others. I’ve learned that the hardest person to forgive is myself. I’ve learned that God will always provide for me. I’ve learned that God’s plan is infinitely better than any plans I can come up with on my own. I’ve learned that some things I’ve learned are hard to put into words, and a blog post like this could never hold all the things I’ve learned.

Birthday Report

29I’m back home from my birthday road trip, tired but happy. This was the best birthday I’ve had in years, because of the good friends I got to spend time with. I’ve already talked about my actual birthday, so this post is about the rest of my trip.

The next day, I drove from Atlanta to Raleigh, NC, to meet up with my long-time friend Edmund and his business partner Dan. They put me to work!! I did a little grunt work and got to participate in a couple brainstorming sessions. I’m as excited as they are about the future of All-Weather Firestarters, and I can NOT wait to move to Raleigh and be involved on a day-to-day basis.

As I was getting into Raleigh, my guardian angel went above and beyond the call of duty to keep me from being involved in an accident. Here’s what happened: ¬†As I was merging from one highway onto another, two cars behind me collided. One was to the left behind me, and the other was to the right. They both tried to move into my lane at the same time. One of the cars went spinning out of control and missed my rear bumper by mere inches. What made the whole incident super-scary was that traffic had come to a sudden stop because of a traffic jam up ahead, and I couldn’t move forward to put more distance between me and the wreck happening in my rearview mirror. I cringed as I saw the one car come perilously close and pieces of bumpers flying through the air. When it was over and the dust had settled, my first thought was, “Thank you, God, for keeping me safe!” I know it was all because of His protection that I managed to not be hit by anything.

Now, I have less than an hour to get ready to leave for work. It’s hard going back to work after such an amazing vacation, but I’m thankful I have a job to go to. Have a great evening, everyone!!

Month of Thanksgiving – Day Twenty-Seven

2015-11-26 14.56.08I’m thankful for the wonderful Thanksgiving Day I had yesterday! I invited some co-workers and their family to come over for dinner, and I cooked a whole Thanksgiving meal for eight people. That may not sound like a lot to some of you, but I’m used to cooking for just two, so it was a lot to me! Somehow, I managed to pull it off.

Cooking the huge meal wasn’t my biggest obstacle, though. I kept trying to figure out how in the world eight people were going to be able to eat comfortably in our teeny, tiny apartment. When I saw what a gorgeous day God gave us, I remembered the pavillion with picnic tables out behind the church in our backyard. I knew the people of the church wouldn’t mind if we ate there, so we hauled the whole dinner around back, through the parking lot, down a steep hill, to the picnic area. It was perfect! We had plenty of room to spread out and be comfortable, and the weather was amazing for late November. It was the best Thanksgiving we’ve had at this apartment because we got to share it with friends.