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Things I Am Thankful For


Yeah. I haven’t written a blog in a while. Some of you might be thankful for that. LOL I decided I wanted to write down some of the things I have been thankful for this past year. This list will be in no particular order and I am sure will not include everything.

I am thankful I have received Jesus as my savior

I am thankful for being a husband

I am thankful for being a father

I am thankful for Quest Church

I am thankful for being 1 of ‘Party of Six’

I am thankful for being an American

I am thankful I have a house and I can look for another

I am thankful I have a job I most of the time enjoy

I am thankful for Pattonville High School

I am thankful for Northwest Missouri State University

I am thankful for the St. Louis Cardinals

I am thankful for the St. Louis Blues

I am thankful for MLB Network

I am thankful for Disney

I am thankful for being a Veteran

I am thankful for our military

I am thankful for the Police

I am thankful for the Fire Department

I am thankful for Framily

I am thankful for the Mountain Banshee Project

I am thankful for the Figment of my imagination

I am thankful for Northern Pines

I am thankful for long distance friends

I am thankful for disc golf

I am thankful for a Kansas wedding

I am thankful for an ice wedding Framily experience

I am thankful for baseball

I am thankful for movie theater popcorn and the movies that I go to see while eating it

I am thankful for Jeff the Moose

I am thankful for missionaries

I am thankful for shaving my head

I am thankful for my dogs

I am thankful for a good rare steak

I am thankful for dark chocolate

I am thankful for ice cream in many states

I am thankful for sweet tea

I am thankful for a good alcoholic drink

 

I would like to be thankful with you sometime. You know where to find me…

 

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Heroes Need Help


 

Normally I am not a hero. I am a Christian, husband, father, and friend.

For the past 15 years my family has gone to our dentist at Ladue Family Dental. We have referred friends to them because they make you feel welcome and comfortable. So when they got a new hygienist that fit my schedule we trusted them and said sure we’ll go see Paula. After chatting with Paula she told us about how her son would have been about Josh’s age. That’s when we learned about Dawson. Some years before Paula had lost her hockey loving son to a childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. Then she told me about St Baldrick’s and how her husband and a group of friends raise money every year at a local bar called Helen Fitzgerald’s and it was coming up soon. How do they raise money to battle childhood cancer?  Shave your head of course.  I told her that Josh and I would love to help and shave our heads. So last March, Josh and I did. We joined many of Dawson’s family and friends and shaved our heads to help raise money to fight this ongoing battle. We also came together to support Paula & her family because that is what friends do.

So this year, Josh and I have let our hair grow for a lot longer period. There’s a bit of grey showing in mine and I need to use a comb. My hair hasn’t been this long since shortly after I was married. Even Josh’s hair is longer than he feels comfortable with.

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This is the 12th year total for the St. Baldrick’s event and Josh and I’s second as we continue to be a part of a group called Dawson’s Hairless Heroes. The group will get wacky matching t-shirts and shave our heads on March 4th.

Since I am a hero for this event, I need your help. Pray for us. Pray for Josh and I as we prepare to go on stage to get our heads shaved. Pray for Paula and the whole Ivanowski family as they fight against cancer and remember losing Dawson. Pray for the whole event at Helen Fitzgerald’s as many people will be there doing their part to help fight childhood cancer. Childhood cancer research needs financial support. So if you find it in your heart to help us financially, please follow the link’s below to mine or Josh’s page to donate using your debit or credit card or see me between now and the event and I will take cash or check.

Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 2 minutes. More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. Kids’ lives matter. In the 1950s, almost all kids diagnosed with cancer died. Because of research, today more than 85% of kids with the most common type of cancer will live. But there is work to be done. Kids like Dawson and others with countless types of childhood cancers have little hope for a cure.

The St Baldrick’s Foundation has funded research in 27 countries, including all institutions that treat kids with cancer in the U.S. So when you donate money and pray for us, you’ll know you’re making a big impact.

If you want to join in the fun, come join us on March 4th.  As we get closer to the date I’ll know about what time our group will have their heads shaved too.

Jeff’s Page          Josh’s Page

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I am Not Sorry


 

I am a Christian. I do my best as try to live in the example of Jesus. I fail. Badly at times. I know I am nowhere close to the person I believe I should be. I am not sorry for the person I am.

The views I was raised to believe and have been confirmed in my life experiences have molded me. I came from a broken home. I barely speak to my blood family. I love every one of them. I am not sorry for this. Please don’t feel sorry for me.   

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;

 

and in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son Our Lord,

 

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

 

He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

 

He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the one holy Universal Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

 

Amen. 

 

Why are people using social media to be mean? Why do they think they can get away with it? I have unfollowed and unfriended many people on Facebook and Twitter who I believed were being hurtful to people or just cruel in general. I am not sorry for this.

 

I beg of all who would read this to be nice to people and not to post anything that could be considered mean or hurtful. I will never be sorry for trying to make this world a better place.

 

Everybody get together and try to love one another right now!

 

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We Finally Have an Answer


Do you and your family always get asked that same question over and over again? You know what I mean. No? Ok, I’ll give you a few examples. Some friends of ours were dating for the longest time and of course the question they got asked all the time was, when are you getting engaged? Well, earlier this winter, that question was answered. Or are you and your spouse happy and all alone at home like a few of Lyn’s good friends? I know they get asked all the time when or if they will have kids. So far, a dog has been a wonderful child to them.

If you know my family, you know that we are busy from March 1st to when we go to Northern Pines in early August. School starts right after that so we rarely have time for any other type of vacation. Well, Jeff, what does this have to do with you finally having an answer? If you don’t know where I am going with this, I invite you to reach out and contact me to get to know us better. I know some of our friends are probably getting excited reading this as they have figured it out by now.

Our family’s most asked question is ‘When are you going back to Disneyworld?’ Well, we finally have an answer (Hence the blog title). Josh has requested that we make one more trip to Florida before he goes off to college. To us, this left only one timeframe to plan this trip. That was Josh’s senior year winter break. The St. Louis Blues got awarded the next NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017 so going over New Year’s wasn’t really an option. We even had other options like a cruise or going to California instead to go to Disneyland. Some great old friends and In-N-Out among other things tempted us. Luckily, Lyn has been in regular contact with her friend, Laura Liden, Dream Vacation Planner, at Pixie and Pirate Destinations travel agency. So, she told us about a deal that got us a free dining plan to help with the raised prices of Christmas time at Disneyworld. So we jumped on it. Josh finishes finals around 1030 on the morning of December 21st, so we are flying out as soon as we can to check into Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort that day to take advantage of the deal. We will fly back as late in the day as we can on December 27th to take advantage of as much park time as possible.

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So if you want to join us at some point down in sunny Florida over Christmas, we welcome you. As of today, I believe the deal we got may still be available. We look forward to spending Christmas at Disneyworld. So just to repeat the dates, we invite you to join us December 21-27 at the beautiful Disneyworld resort! 

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

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The Right Thing is Seldom the Easy Thing


Yeah, it’s been a long time since I have written a blog. You may be wondering why I choose today to start back into it. Well I blame someone my wife knows somewhat well and I probably only have shaken his hand. His name is Derek Glanvill. I have been slowly reading Mike Matheny’s book ‘The Matheny Manifesto’ and the quote on page 136 from one of Mr. Matheny’s friends is from Mr. Glanvill. ‘The right thing is seldom the easy thing.’ Mike calls Derek and his wife Penny two of his closest friends. Derek’s son Sean passed away this past November at the age of 20 due to a brain injury that followed a 2007 car accident he was involved in. Mike watched Sean’s toughness as he fought and survived long after doctors only gave him a one percent chance to live. Sean is one of the main reasons Mike Matheny now wears the number 26.

Let’s just say that reminding myself that the right thing is seldom the easy thing was something that I tried to do this past summer while I was helping coach my son’s baseball team. I played a minor role in coaching. I was a batting practice pitcher and first base coach. But I had another ‘role’ that I enjoyed. One of the other coaches, Greg Viehman labeled me as ‘Dr. Phil’. I guess this was because I was willing to talk to the kids and figure out what they were thinking in as much as they would tell me. I couldn’t do this for every player but there were more than a few that would talk to me and liked the fact I treated them just like another person. It wasn’t always easy.

My job on the team was not to argue with the umpires, that was head coach Bill Becher’s job and he did it well when needed. Every time I went out to a game I would introduce myself to the umpires and shake their hand. Many times I would have delightful conversations with them during the game while I was in the first base coaching box or the dugout. Umpires are in fact humans. They are not perfect and they know they make mistakes. If one tells you they don’t, they are not truthful to themselves. I enjoyed being nice to everyone. I also often chatted with the opposing team’s first basemen.

Players on a baseball team get mad. One of my ‘unofficial’ roles was to try to calm them down. I joked with one particular player that they can yell, and get mad at me all they want but they need to respect the game enough not to get themselves get kicked out. I would do whatever I could to get in between them and violence with an opposing player, manager or even an umpire. The players were more valuable to the game then I was. My thought was that I wasn’t doing the easy things; I was doing the right things.

I had fun this summer helping out my son’s team. I enjoyed being part of American National Varsity baseball. I was more proud of those young men than they will ever know. I watched them win a tournament, play teams with players as old as 28, and even become all-stars. There was a young man who was primarily a pitcher but even received an all-star selection as a Designated Hitter despite hurting his shoulder during the season. I was especially proud to watch my son pitch in a couple of games that made the local paper’s attention and he made the all-star team as a pitcher and was the only player from the class of 2017 on the team.

I am thankful today for the chance to remind myself that doing the right thing does pay off in the end. So I thank Derek, Mike, Sean, Bill, Greg, R.J., Matt, Mitchell, and especially Josh amongst others who remind me that I still have things to say when I write and that I will always continue to strive to do the right thing.

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2015 St. Louis Cardinals Preview


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Yeah I know there has been one game played in this season already. I felt I still have time to write my Cardinals individual preview for the year. The 2015 Cardinals bring with them an energy, a mission. Many of them were not happy with the way the team was defeated in the 2014 National League Championship Series by the San Francisco Giants. If you have read my previous predictions blog, you will know that I have the Cardinals winning the National League Central and losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs.

Five new players made their Opening Day debuts with the Cardinals last night. Manager Mike Matheny has a strong core group with the key newcomer being RF Jason Heyward. Heyward comes to the Cardinals due to the passing of young phenom Oscar Tavares’ passing right after the season ended. The thought on Heyward was to get him here for his walk year and hope to have him resign with the club and be a part of the new core. At 25 years of age, Heyward could have a long bright future wearing the birds on the bat. Coming with Heyward in the trade from Atlanta was hard throwing right hander, Jordan Walden. Walden brings a closer like mentality to the Cardinals bullpen as he slides into the eighth inning role vacated by now starter Carlos Martinez. Matt Belisle and Carlos Villanueva join Walden as newcomers to the Cardinals bullpen and Mark Reynolds joins the team on the bench. Reynolds provides additional power off the bench for the Cardinals with the ability to occasionally start at first or third base. His downside is a bunch of strikeouts and not that great of a batting average.

The thought is that if Jayson Heyward re-signs with the Cardinals, he will join the likes of Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Matt Adams, Trevor Rosenthal, and Michael Wacha as the potential core that could lead this team for a lot of years to come. All of those players have the ability to be even better than they already are. The Chicago Cubs talk about how they are rebuilding for the future. They don’t get it. You do it with quality players who are more concerned with the team winning then how much money they make or their own personal stats.

The starting pitching on our team looks pretty good on paper. Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Michael Wacha, and Carlos Martinez make up this rotation. I will call those first four as pretty darn solid as any rotation in the National League. A fifth starter will not be needed by the Cardinals until April 25th, unless the first four get an extra day off in there, which may not be a bad idea. I believe that is why they sent Marco Gonzales down to Memphis to start. Well that, and you kind of need to have #18 on your Opening Day roster. We shall see how the season plays out with the rotation. All I know is that the bullpen will probably get a lot of innings as none of the staff is considered to be an innings eater. So good luck to Walden, Rosenthal, Belisle, Villanueva, and the rest of the pen because you will probably get lots of work this year.

The Cardinals lineup will not blow a lot of people away but to me it is one thing, and that is solid. If they are all hitting and battling the way they are supposed to be, I do not see an easy out in the lineup. Jason Heyward slides right into the second spot in the lineup.