Mobile Minutes: Sparks


Sometimes life gets too crazy. Between work, life, and some hospital time because of some family health issues; my wife and I haven’t really seen much of one another.

Heading to lunch today I turned off the radio, and simply said…

Let’s go buy a gross of bottle rockets, a lighter, and a six pack of beer. We’ll go out to a country bridge, shoot bottle rockets, have a drink, and just hang out.

She accepted the invitation.

We can have every party, every family member, and possible firework known to man kind, but if we don’t have time for just one another…everything else is worthless.

I have zero regrets for those two hours, alone, on an abandoned bridge, shooting fireworks at the river with my best friend.

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No display tops that.

-D-

XXXI: Summer Time (Finally)


Go figure I’d write this on June 21st (first official day of summer). I can firmly say that I’m officially embracing the summer break of 2016. My tests are finished for certification, I’ve already had my first few teacher meetings for the summer, my mission trip is finished up, and I’m actually looking at my first week of the summer where I don’t have anything slated.

Meaning, I have no excuse on getting distracted. Even though we’re still in June, the reality is, is that school starts back up in less than two months. Factor in that this will be my first year teaching and the work that comes with it, and already I’m breathing a little uneasy. i’ve got books to read, lessons to prepare, and even a curriculum to better understand. That doesn’t include the fact that I need to actually get into my classroom, acquire design pieces, and start to put the room together (at least mentally). I’m sure my typing smells of ‘new teacher’, but that’s half the fun in my book. For some strange reason it’s worth going the extra mile to have fun with your students, while also teaching them in the same manner. If the dynamics of the classroom are off, the students will be distracted…and so will I.

Currently, inside this classroom I have two walls that are nearly 100% dry erase boards and two walls that are brick. I’m thinking of theming the room to some weird, strange coffee and Japanese cafe world. I just can’t handle the concept of teaching in a sterile environment. It’s not fair to the students.

I suppose in these coming weeks that’s going to be my life in a nutshell. Working on lessons, living the real version of “The Sims” when looking at my classroom, attending some classes, and of course…running. Today was my first day off in seven days. I feel alright, I definitely need some new shoes as I’ve passed the 500 mile threshold on both of my pairs, but my legs are doing better.

I think body mechanics is a fascinating topic to explore when learning about your own body. When I started running again, even all the way up to the recent months, my knees and legs were the sorest parts of my body. As I told my doctor a few weeks ago though, something has changed in my mechanics. I’m not sure what, but those areas no longer host the most soreness after a training session.

My hips do.

This is actually encouraging for me. That tells me that my legs have strengthened and now I’m going to continue to work on developing my hip muscles; they tend to be rather important in the fast, repetitive motion of the style of running that I enjoy. With life finally calming down, I can also ensure that I’m getting in every valuable workout that I can. Darco and I are heading out east in the final week of July for the Liberty Mile and to see some pretty epic friends.

I’m alright with this life. There’s so much to always work on, but that’s coming to be part of the joy behind all of it. Teaching, running, praising…trying to be more optimistic, more forgiving, and asking for my forgiveness are definitely on my list of things I’d like to improve upon.

I guess here’s to a happy summer full of exploration, knowledge, and dreams!

-D-

XXXI: For The Ladies


This is for the ladies…

To pull an old adage from church camp, “This has been something that’s been on my heart”. It has been for some time, but I’ve been hesitant to say anything about it due to the multiple based and biased opinions that could resonate with the thoughts that I have been thinking over the time. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Honey I’m Good


Towards the end of the school year I began to hear this song on the local, alternative radio station. Darco said it was catchy, but I was quick to condemn because of what I heard, what station it was associated with, and overall because I hadn’t had my prune juice that day.

Today I decided to watch the video.

I’m sharing it as a testament of saying that I was wrong in first perception of the song. The music video truly speaks the language of what the song is about.

My only regret is that Darco and I were not in the music video…

-D-

XXXI: Achievement Unlocked


In a few days I’ll be embarking on a mission trip to the southern tip of the state of Missouri, referred to frequently as the “bootheel” (and spoken as ‘boothill’). There I’ll be partaking in some activities with the local community, hanging out with kids, a little painting, and all sorts of other random goodies.

I’m rather excited about this trip because it’s my first with the church family that Darco and I spend time with throughout the week. Additionally though, I’m really, really excited because it’s my first mission trip with my wife. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Morning Storms


Darco is fast asleep next to me, there’s lightning to the north, and rumbles of thunder along the sky.
My body aches from training today, and I’m having a bit of a problem falling asleep at 2:00 AM.
Life is…kind of fun right now.
I dream about teaching nearly every night, my blood pressure is super low, food is getting cooked in the kitchen, and Darco and I have even planned a summer vacation. Sure, it’s not perfect, we argue, and occasionally there’s stress, but it all keeps working out.
Tonight I found myself apologizing to her for years past. It took time and experience to apologize for being so wrapped up in work over the past three years.
One of the wonderful things about teaching is knowing when your day ends. Yes, it’s plenty stressful, but there’s beautiful life outside of work. I’m blessed to still be young enough to understand that joy is found outside the office. Joy is found with family and friends. It’s found by not stressing about so much that isn’t known, and just embracing the blessing of what is.
It felt nice to confess to my wife that I made the mistake of missing time with her. That’s why lying in bed, typing this out, can be so enjoyable because I can feel her snuggled up close to me, soundly asleep.
No promotions in the world can replicate that sensation.
-D-