It's not the Critic who counts...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I came across this quote today thanks to Shaun King who posted it on his blog. It's a powerful quote - inspirational - and challenging. I plan to refer to this one frequently!

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

-President Theodore Roosevelt

New Technology Can Be Dangerous and Hilarious

Saturday, September 17, 2011

New technology can be dangerous and hilarious.

I couldn't help but chuckle at this video. And yes, I've had my own struggle with new technology at least once or twice. I do love the fact that this dear couple is trying to learn. I also love that they were bold enough to post the video on YouTube!

Klaire sings Justin Bieber's song "Baby!"

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Yesterday afternoon Klaire (our 5 year old daughter) took my iphone 4 and record herself singing a few of her favorite Justin Bieber songs. In this video she's singing "Baby" while using my favorite flashlight as her microphone. Klaire wants to be a rockstar when she grows up - just in case you hadn't figured it out.

2010 Visit to NYC and the World Trade Center

Monday, September 12, 2011

In May of last year Julie and I visited New York City. Here's a video of our experience including a visit to the site of the World Trade Center. It was an overwhelming experience to visit the site and the memorial that was there at the time. May God bring healing to those who lost so much and may our country grow stronger as we continue to stand for liberty around the world. God bless the USA!

Happy Gotcha Day!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Today we celebrate 5 years since Klaires "Gotcha" Day. Here's a video of our special moment.

Stepping Out On Faith

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Five years ago today we boarded a flight from St. Louis, Missouri bound for Beijing, China. After 20 months of planning, filling out paperwork, praying, and fundraising, we were on our way to bring our 10 month-old adopted daughter home.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years! Karlee was 13 years old and Kassidy was only 8! And now, that tiny step of faith toward adoption has been one of the most rewarding steps of our lives.

Here’s a link to our adoption story; Our adoption story