Saturday, August 23, 2008

Great Leadership book

I just finished this secular leadership book by Marshall Goldsmith. I had seen that it had a lot of good reviews and I was not let down. For anyone wanting to take it to the next level, I would highly recommend it. It's not just a book for someone in a leadership role. For me, it helped me to see that alot of times, what usually is holding the organization back is not the employees but the leadership.
I love how God puts things in your life at just the right time and if you stay focused on him, he will give you the clarity to see through them. He used this book in this way with me. I have a good friend of mine that has this saying, "Thats not odd, thats GOD." God's perfect timing is always there, we just have to listen and look for it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Celebrating 20 years!

On August 12th, Denise and I celebrated our 20th anniversary. The top picture here is the one that was put in the Poteau Daily Newspaper announcing our engagement back in 1988 (nice mullet). I was 20 and Denise was 19. The bottom picture was taken last November at Atlantis. I met Denise when I was 14 and she has been in my life ever since. To my brothers, she is like a sister to them because she has been around for so long. I have been trying to write this post ever since our anniversary but have not been able to put into words just how lucky and blest I feel to have shared over half of my life with her.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Update on Denise

Thought this would be the easiest way to let everyone know how Denise is doing. In case you didn't know, friday evening, Denise was starting dinner and went and lit our barbecue grill and came back inside to get the chicken ready. After giving the grill around 10 minutes or so to warm up, she went back outside to put the chicken breast on it. She noticed that the fire had gone out but knew that it had a full propane bottle on it. When she went to push the button to relight it, it basically exploded in her face. The grill we have is the kind you are suppose to keep the lid shut on when lighting but my guess is that the gas had built up in it and when she clicked button to relight it, all that gas ignited right in her face.
I was not at home so she got Brennen to call me so I rushed there and to make a long story short, we ended up going to the emergency room at Sparks to make sure she was okay and to get her checked out. At this point, it appears that the only physical damage she has is that her eyebrows and eyelashes are burnt off, or most of them anyways, and she has 1st. degree burns on her face, chest, arm and neck area. She lost quite a bit of hair also but luckily she already had quite a bit. The doctor gave her some medicine for the pain and a tetnis shot (don't think I spelled that right) and told her to keep the ointment that we had already got on the burns and it would just take time.
Thanks to everyone that has been praying for her and continue to keep her in your prayers. She was very fortunate that it was not any worse than it was.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I don't understand you?????

Pete Wilson from Cross Point church in Nashville posted this video up on his blog today and I thought it was so true in how men and women communicate at times. This has always been an area that I struggle with with my wife. I hope you think it is as funny as Brennen and I did.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Day 3 on the beach

Took a few pictures of day 3 on the beach. Brennen wanted to go for a walk so we snapped some pictures while we did it.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

I'm so blest

Today we had a great day on the beach and just spending "family" time together. I couldn't help but think of how blest I am with my wife and son. I am so bad about getting busy with the things of life and taking for granted how God has truly blest my life.

Brennen talking about his morning on the beach

Brennen chillin on the patio from Brent on Vimeo.
He had gotten stung pretty good on the leg by a jellyfish so he was a little bummed about that.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

View from the patio at Perdido Sun

Perdido Sun condo view off of patio from Brent on Vimeo.
Sorry for the poor video quality. I think the lense started fogging up on me from the humidity so it looks a little hazy. Excited about this vacation this summer because no work is actually involved. This is truly a family vacation.