Mobile Minutes: King Me


Random thought:
You know what would be a fun race?
“King & Queen of the Dune”
Plant two flags, one for each gender, at the top of the peak of the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.
Then, have a yearly race that starts at the visitors center that’s a mad dash to the top of the dune to grab the flag.
Greatest. Idea. Ever.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Summer Plans


Already, I’ll confess, I’m counting down the days until summer vacation begins. It’s not that I don’t love the children, or that I’m sick of school, it’s just this whole ‘teaching thing’ caught me off guard and I’ve struggled to appropriately acclimate to the environment. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Morning Glow


The coffee tastes just a little smoother this morning…

After an eye opening day yesterday, this morning introduced the realities and future thought of the path that Darco and I am on.

See, I’m not the only one up for moving along the career ladder. Darco has her review for a store manager position within Starbucks.

The combination of her movement and mine creates an entirely new world for us in the second half of the year.

I’ll be upfront, we’re going to both have “adult” jobs with “adult” salaries. I’ve spent the morning doing the math. This means moving, it means paying student loans (on time), taking care and getting rid of credit cards, it means being able to breathe. My goal, outside of the car and student loans, is to be debt free before Christmas.

It’s completely feasible.

I’m in awe of how gracious mmyy Father is.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Bleak


The wind has changed, temperature dropped, and nightfall is coming.

Heading home this evening, the howling wind reminded me of a similar scenario five years ago.

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Along the Flint Hills of Kansas I drove my parents car to an interview at a large high school. I couldn’t afford fuel for my truck, and I was desperately searching for a school. Through the barren fields I drove. Five hours to the destination and five hours home, with an hour interview between.

The winter wheat was red, sky gray, and truly the world felt apocalyptic as the wind howled. Merely a memory now, but a fearful sensation at the time.

Life has moved on from that depressing journey, and maybe…just maybe…this coming week will grant peace to that failed endeavour.

-D-

XXXI: El Salvador


It’s not that I’m running out of creative titles, but instead I think this one is a bit more important to be upfront.

We’re heading to El Salvador, Darco and myself.

We’ve made the commitment to head back into Central America this July; being led by God and tackling hard issues along the way to come to this decision. This will be the first time that Darco and I have worked together on a mission trip (and only the fourth time in my life a family member has been with me on a mission trip). This’ll also be her first time venturing outside of the United States; as you can tell from previous posts, travel isn’t really big on her list of experiences so for even a week culture shock could happen (more than likely, she’ll not want to come back to the States afterwards).

We’ll leave on the second week of July, that’ll give me a few days rest from my first big race in Arizona, and will give me two weeks worth of rest before racing in Pittsburgh….a week before school starts.

Needless to say, El Salvador has become the focal point of the summer, our hearts, and trying to spiritually prepare to let God do His thing, and for me to back off my overwhelming tendencies of panic, doubt, and fear.

Darco has taken it a step further, she’s actually created a “Go Fund Me” page for us. You’ve got all the details right here.

One of the key components to this whole event; hearing the simple question asked…

Would you be interested in running a soccer camp in El Salvador?

Soccer Clinic I

How can I refuse an open door like that?

-D-

P.S. If you’re interested in donating to this rather epic adventure, check out our GoFundMe page!

Mobile Minutes: High Life


Over 150 miles driven…
Slept in a parking lot, inside a car for three hours…
Slept on a couch for an hour…
Had a Ruben in the form of a calzone…
Ate 1/2 pound of butter toffee peanuts…
Had my feet popped, multiple times…
Raced Lego cars…
Fried my first chicken…
I’m barely still awake.

That’s a solid day in my book.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Seventy Something


Why is it that sunshine, warm temperatures, and the open air stirs the wanderlust within me?

Truly it’s one of the most appealing “side benefits” to education, exploring.

The mass amount of time off (Christmas Break, Spring Break, Summer Break, etc…) gives way to rapid releases of creativity. It’s hard not to be consumed too early. I’d rather live in a lower style residence and be able to travel versus the opposite. The summer alone is pointing towards Arizona and Pennsylvania to name a few. Prayers for El Salvador perhaps, and other adventures along the way. The reality is I’m designed no different than an albatross; I forcibly must be able to stretch my wings.

It’s not just the sunlight, it’s the hours that pass each day wondering when I’ll soar again. I’m so blessed to allow my energy and creativity to flow throughout the school day; I love giving back what I’ve learned.

It’s only that from time to time the innate stirring of the soul-filled waters that cause my heart to reach for lands unknown.

-D-