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The Gifts Keep Coming…

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Today Allison and I exchanged our gifts to one another.
Hers completely topped mine, but I’m okay with that…this year.
The best thing about this gift is that it was a well thought out gift.
You know unlike the non thought out gifts…clothes, underwear, socks, electronics, cookware, etc.
Not that those gifts aren’t great to receive, because they are.
Get me an iPhone and I’m your best friend.
However, this gift just affirmed in my heart more that Allison is someone I want to spend a long time with.
It wasn’t something I asked for, or expected at all.
It was a gift of her paying attention to me, seeing what I love, and knowing what would make all my insides jittery upon receiving.
I know most people won’t appreciate this gift the way I do, but without further ado…
Notre Dame is a huge passion of mine.
Seriously, if you’ve watched a game with me, then you know how intense, stupid, and probably inappropriate I get during.
But it’s a passion for me, and she noticed and loves me for it.

The debating is over, I’m much better with her in my life.

I mean snap, she even colorized the bows accordingly to the school’s colors.

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December 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm

2008 Review in Photos

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I really have no clue where to begin.
2008 brought so many ups and downs that just the thought of going through and rehashing all of it freaks me out.
Regardless, 2008 was amazing for many reasons, and one in particular.

Thankful fors in 2008 in no particular order:
(clicking each photo will enable you to leave a comment and to enlarge a specific photo)

There are many more photo’s I could place up there; blog party, etc. However I have limited space and time.
Perhaps if I feel it, I’ll do a 2008 in Review part II.
I will say this, Twitpic made this a whole lot easier.

I truly never will forget 2008.
Each memory will be tattooed on mind and heart forever.
From the moment of 01/01/08, to the moment of all the tears I cried, to the moment I first laid my lips on Allison’s, to the moments soon awaiting me in the next few days.
2008 will be a defining moment of my life to come.

I could truly never be more blessed.

Here’s to 2009!

Homosexuality – By Birth – By Decision

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Question for everyone.
There is no right or wrong answer here.
Just be respectful as you answer.

Is homosexuality a choice, or is it something obtained at birth??


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October 6, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Weekend Retreat…

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This weekend I will be traveling…enjoying…relaxing…celebrating.
Cincinnati, OH.

  • Saturday I will be enjoying an early afternoon of watching Notre Dame kick-off their season against San Diego State.
  • Saturday evening I will be attending the Three Doors Down, Hinder, Finger Eleven, and Staind concert with Lori, and Allison and Matt. Concert was cancelled due to the lead singer of 3Doors Down having laryngitis
  • Sunday afternoon we’re heading to the Cincinnati Reds/Chicago Cubs game.
  • I will not be taking my laptop.
    Instead this weekend will be used to just relax and have fun.
    If you care to know what is going on, feel free to follow me on my TWITTER account.

    Anyhow, until Sunday night…Adios!

    P.s I promise pictures by Monday.

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    September 5, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    The Kingdom or Lucky Charms?

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    Why is it as christians we always feel like we have to say the right thing.
    I mean, we’re always afraid of offending someone.
    Is it always bad to offend someone?
    I think the truth is, is that we should maybe offend people a little more.
    Push the envelope.
    No, I’m not saying we should aim to do things that offend people
    What I am saying though is that we should truly do God’s work and not our own.
    We should choose His will over ours.
    I’m pretty sure when Jesus was here, He was doing God’s work, and people hated him. If you don’t believe people hated him, you might wanna read the part of the Bible that talks about the crucifixion or just look at the picture below:

    Truthfully though, why are we so afraid to go out and take chances.
    Speak truth and take the chance that we’re going to be misjudged.
    Or prosecuted wrongly.
    This all has been pissing me off just thinking about it today.
    In reality isn’t it all worth it for the sake of the Kingdom?

    I’m battling these decision today;
    A. Should I worry and care about the reputation of myself. That way I can be around long enough to witness to thousands of people?
    B. Should I seek his truth in every fashion, and wherever that leads me, allow it to lead me there. Trusting that He loves me and would only lead me to the dessert knowing I would survive and my faith and passion for him would only be greater?

    This decision is a litter harder than my decision the other day….Lucky Charms or Cinnamon Toast Crunch?

    I’m frustrated with luke warm, do it for yourself “Christians”.

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    September 2, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Cancellation of Small Group

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    Hello Readers,

    First off let me start by apologizing for the lack of attention and usage of my blog in the recent weeks. Shortly there will be a post explaining in detail why this has been so as of recent.

    Regarding our Blogger Small Group, I have chosen to end the small group, or at least it’s place on Run’n Like A Vagabond. If you are a member, and have the desire to continue this group, feel free. If you have any questions, feel free to email me;

    Again, I appreciate all of the support that I have received from everyone through my blog and through twitter while I have gone through a rough couple months, and more so, a very rough week or so. If you wish to know what is going on in my life on a day to day basis, Twitter is the way to do that. You can follow me HERE.

    Thanks again!

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    July 15, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Small Group (Worship Journey)

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    This weeks Small Group in partnership with Consuming Worship will be hosted by my friend Scott Fillmer. If you are participating, please be sure to head his way.

    I apologize for my lack of participation recently. Life has been a bit extreme and busy lately, and this week may be the craziest of them all. Due to that, I will be going “off-line” via blog and twitter. I do however look forward to next week getting back in the routine of blogging/twittering. I came to the decision that it is better not to blog at all, rather than to blog just for the sake of blogging, and to create something unattractive, boring, and unauthentic.

    As I step away completely this week, I ask for prayer for clearity, not just for me, but for everyone involved. I ask that you pray for my heart and energy, that I am able to endure what I am about to endure and to push through while still holding on to hope and faith.


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    July 7, 2008 at 8:57 am