From a first time blogger, thoughts about life from an American missionary now living in the US after years in Russia and doing a lot of back and forth. Family stuff, Christian content, sports innuendo and lots of quotes from good books.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Anniversary Trip to Arizona

17 years, 5 months, and 14 days ago, she said yes.  The rest has been  nothing short of a great story of LOVE!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Yeah, this sums me up right nowI...

Whoever is giving these out
At this moment and on this day, I'm with you dude.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

YouthReach International invites you to join us at a benefit dinner affirming the timeless values of Coach Don Meyer, with special guest ESPN's Buster Olney, author of How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer.

Coach Don Meyer has influenced thousands of men and women in his basketball coaching career, guiding them not only in their skills on the court as a team, but also as productive members of society, thinking of others first, and joining together to become part of something bigger than themselves. In speaking of his program, Coach Meyer has been quoted, "Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning."

This philosophy of life has impacted organizations, relationships, and families around the world. Coach Meyer's coaching philosophies have influenced the staff and Board of YouthReach International, and as a result are now being shared with Mentors and orphans throughout Ukraine and Russia.

This benefit dinner is an opportunity to share with friends, teams, customers, employees, and families the wisdom of this legendary coach. We will share a meal together, briefly hear about YouthReach International's orphan mentoring programs, and then Buster Olney will introduce Coach Don Meyer. A book signing opportunity will conclude the program.

Contact me via this blog or at my profile email address for more information!


Monday, January 10, 2011

Reason # About a Billion I Why I Just Don't Get Facebook

My wife just showed me something a friend of hers posted. It read (and I am 100% serious), "I just got shocked by a banana. That's a first."

(Imagine roll your eyes emoticon here)

BCS Championship Game starts in 28 minutes. Now, that is entertainment.


Monday, November 01, 2010

Amending an Adage

It would probably be more correct to amend that old adage 'you are what you eat' to ‘you are what you ATE!’


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Russia Today - Poverty Rates Down, Life Expectancy Up

The number of impoverished Russians has decreased in recent years and life expectancy has grown, but 14 percent of the populace is still living below the poverty line and gender discrimination remains rampant, a new UN study says.

The report, titled "The National Human Development Report in Russia 2010" and released by the United Nations Development Program on Friday, examines the country's progress toward Millennium Development Goals — a set of social goals that all UN members have pledged to achieve by 2015.

“There is considerable progress in poverty reduction and an increase in average life expectancy,” UNDP representative Frode Mauring said at the report's presentation.

The poverty rate has decreased by 3.7 percent from 2005 to 2009, and the monthly minimum wage reached 5,000 rubles ($164) last year compared with only 1,200 rubles in 2000.

Male life expectancy grew from 58.8 years in 2005 to 61.8 in 2008, the report said. Corresponding figures for women grew from 72.3 to 74.1 years over the same period.

But male mortality still exceeds that for women, with rates of 1,071 and 281 deaths per 100,000, respectively, with alcohol being the main cause for the discrepancy, the report's authors said.

Women's empowerment remains an issue as well, with most decision making in the country remaining in the hands of men even though there are 11 million more women than men in the country, said Natalya Zubarevich, one of the report's authors.

Only three of the 19 ministers of the federal government are women, Zubarevich said.


Monday, October 18, 2010

My Beautiful Wife and Me

Tell me she's not HOT! I dare ya!!


My Beautiful Wife

With the pink clippers doing their thing Traci says bye for a few months to her blond locks!