This was totally not what I was going to write about today, but it just feels like the Lord is telling me that I should. Probably more so for me than anyone else, and just so that I can continue to remember that while I have “great” plans for myself and my family, His plan is where I need to be going. The overriding theme in the book of Numbers is that, even though Israel are His chosen people, He does not shelter them from tough times. Our American lives have become so easy, yet we find ways to either make things more difficult for ourselves or we just don’t recognize the opportunities that we have. We all have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, plenty of time to do the things that really are necessary. We fixate on doing things we feel are necessary and not focusing on the things that truly matter, God, family, and fellowship.
I am so blessed all the time, but I fixate my views on being stressed and not blessed. He does not desire for us to feel stressed, that is a feeling that we allow into ourselves because we allow ourselves to be lied to by the great deceiver.
My post today has nothing to do with anyone else, but just me in particular. If you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit from reading this, then that is probably a good thing. Try to decentralize the focus of your life and day away from yourself, and remember what really matters and the blessings that are constantly being poured out around you. He does not work on your timeline, it is up to you to get on His.
We did get most of our stuff moved out of our house this weekend so now we are ready to get in and start the small repairs and changes that we wanted to do while we lived there, but are really going to be necessary to sell. We are moved in to my parents’ home, and it seems like we will be fine with living there for a little while as we get things straightened out financially and find a new home.
I’m starting to get back in the swing of my Saturday morning bible study group, and it is amazing just as it was when I stopped going to get through the cross country season. I also got back into my personal bible study today and have now almost finished Leviticus. So compelling, and always amazing, the foreshadowing that He gave us to let us know how we would be saved is awesome.
The Buckeyes dominated the second half at Penn State, and have left me wondering whether they could play for a National Championship if they were bowl eligible. Not that it really matters, because it doesn’t appear there is a single team in the country that can compete on the level of Alabama.
The regional cross country meet on Saturday went exactly as planned, and as good as we could ask. Our runner made her way to the mile with the lead pack, 5 total including her, and she stayed right with them through about the halfway point in the race. By the two mile they had started to separate from her a little bit, but with really nothing on the line there wasn’t much point to kill herself and go with them. She did what she had to do and qualified out to the State Meet, and now as a senior has a chance to go out with a bang. Being around her and this team has been a lot of fun, and I hope that they all cherish the memories that they made together as the years go on.
We are officially moving a lot of stuff out of our house this weekend. We are going to put the home on the market, and hope that we can sell it quickly. It’s a nice starter home but we have definitely outgrown it. Homeownership may be one of the most difficult things in life, especially at the start of a young marriage but I’m glad that we were able to survive our struggles that we dealt with while we were there. I will definitely miss our outstanding neighbor Rod, he was like a grandpa to Cayden and I know Cayden will absolutely miss him too. We’ll have to make special trips to the fire station so Cayden can see him!
Now Cayden will get to spend a lot of time with his grandma and grandpa and I’m sure he is going to love it. We’ll be able to carpool to watch his uncle Zavier play hockey, and above all hopefully save a little bit of money. Once we get settled in, I plan on spending as much time as possible educating myself and ripping through the Life & Health exam, as well as the CPA license exams. I really want to complete the CPA coursework, as I feel that I could be a really successful cost management accountant. I really want to ramp up my life to put my family in the best position possible, because there are a lot of times that I really struggle with self-esteem and feeling like an ineffective father. I guess that’s why many of us continue to try and improve.
Last night was a lazy night around our house. We have moved most of the things out of the home that we can take out before we have to get my dad’s pickup truck and make the full scale move back to their house for a few months while we attempt to sell our home. I didn’t even read anything last night, I had all intentions of getting through a few chapters of Memorial Day by Vince Flynn and continuing to press through the Life and Health exam book for the state of Ohio but we fell asleep at about 8 o’clock last night.
Today has nonetheless been a relentless affair thus far. Nothing really out of the ordinary, just plugging through an account that has turned into a problem due to what is nothing more than a misunderstanding of an insurance inspector. Oh well, it is giving me plenty of opportunity to learn about one of our carriers and get some much needed experience in handling difficult situations. I’m now moving on to some other things that I had pending for today to try and get through as much as possible and finish off the day with a fair amount of marketing.
My cold-call marketing yesterday was somewhat effective, I at least was able to get myself in front of a few people and just give myself some name/face recognition. The struggle I’m sure will continue for quite some time, this isn’t a career that you just jump into and start making a six figure salary but hopefully one day it will be there!
Every morning I wake-up, I must admit a lot of the time it is really difficult to get motivated to get moving. Then something usually happens that gets the ball rolling in a positive direction. This morning was really no exception, my wife got up first, hopped in the shower and then shortly thereafter our son came in to join me in bed for a few minutes. When we finally got out of bed, we hurried to get breakfast and get him dressed for preschool. Then they were off to school, and I got my shower and got ready for work as well.
When I got to work, I got a positive boost when I saw that another one of my prospects is going to become a client. I wrote another personal auto policy, nothing big, but it’s always nice to 1. help people save money and 2. write business that will hopefully help to impact my family as well. This afternoon I’ll be headed out to market some daycares in the Pickerington area as I try to push further into that niche market.
I’m sad that my season of cross country practices on Tuesday afternoons has come to an end. I’ll just be meeting up with Dad and our number one runner on Thursday afternoon to run the regional course. I plan on meeting up with them again next Thursday as we get her ready to run the state meet as well.
My wife and I are continuing to move stuff out of our home in hopes of selling it soon! If we can get out of there I have a feeling we will be able to get into a house that is more fitting to our lives at a reasonable price and then we can really start to get everything rolling!
I’ve jumped into the next Vince Flynn book in the series for me, Memorial Day. I’m sure it won’t disappoint!
My last post was before our cross country team’s league cross country meet, and since then we’ve already competed at the District level. Things went pretty much according to plan at the league level, the girls team had the individual champion, one 2nd team league runner, and an honorable mention. The team subsequently finished 4th place overall, behind 3 really solid teams. The boys’ team took a beating as we finished 8th out of 8, but it was hard to expect much more than that with 6 freshmen and 1 junior all of which were in their first year of high school cross country experience. We did have 1 boy get 2nd team all league, in what is probably one of the toughest leagues in Ohio for division 2 & 3 schools.
Our district results, were really tough to take. Our girls finished 5th as a team, where only the top 4 teams move on. They ran well, but the London team came and performed at the top of their game and took the last spot. For the girls it has been an amazing season, and I wouldn’t change anything at all. They all get along with one another, there is no animosity toward one another, and they all have great hearts. We will get to continue on with our top girl runner to the regional level this Saturday, as she was 3rd place overall on Saturday. It’ll be a lot of fun to see all of the girls come out to support her this weekend, as she attempts to make her second trip to the state meet!
The Lost Symbol has continued to draw my interest incredibly. I can’t hardly put it down, and as I get further and further into it I’m being drawn in by the conspiracy theories that Dan Brown also brought about in The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. The backstories in Angels and Demons didn’t pull me in the way that the other two have though. I can easily fly through several chapters (very short chapters) and pages every time I sit down with the book.
My wife and I are now trying to look into buying the house where I grew up. I recently saw it was sold back to the bank by the current owner, and it would be awesome for us to be able to get into not only a bigger house but be in the school district that we want to send our son to as well. Not to mention, it would put us about a mile away from his grandma and grandpa on my side and within a half hour of April’s family.
Yesterday was a productive day of marketing, I’m working to get as many opportunities to quote insurance for people as I can. I’m getting very close to being ready to obtain my life & health insurance license which should open up some additional revenue streams for me. I’m hopeful to be able to really get this thing ramped up and rolling, it seems like God is giving me some real opportunity to serve Him by serving others.