What a crazy weekend! My great nephew Matt Edholm turned 21 and we got to celebrate with him, we got pounded with snow, went to see the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, AND was able to witness the thumping Denver took from Seattle in the Superbowl.
30 Jan 2014
The snow: It started snowing Thursday afternoon and literally, did not stop until Sunday morning. we ended up with close to 11 inches (as measured from the patio table on the back deck). The temperature hovered around 20 ~ 23 the whole time and very little wind if any. It makes for a manageable snow event. There were accidents on the road, but no one got stranded, there was a power outage, but not in our area. It made going to see the Hobbit movie on Friday night quite enjoyable as you didn’t have the throngs of people; there were very few people there and we got to pick our seats.
Matt turned 21 on Friday, and came to the house Saturday morning for a southern breakfast (grits, eggs, biscuits, bacon, etc.) cooked by Robin. Matt brought over a few board games that he wanted to play, so we got started on setting up Axis and Allies 1914 (WWI). We only got through 1.5 turns (they take a long time) before Skip came by and we headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings to meet some of Matt’s buddies from Carson. We had a really good lunch/supper there, then came home to play the board game of civilization. It was 0100 before we finished up, so Matt and company crashed at the house, then got up for church the next morning. We all met at Chad’s for the superbowl party/disaster (I was rooting for Denver).
All in all, it was a jam packed weekend, but a good one. I am proud of my nephew, he is representing our family quite well.
I read where J.C. Penney said, “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”. I don’t want to be a stock clerk; I want to change history, so here are my goals listed in no particular order, but I am categorizing them in the following: Life Goals, Family Goals, Personal Goals.
- Leave an inheritance to my children
- Leave a legacy for my grandchildren
- See my entire family come to know Christ
- Celebrate 50 years being married to Robin
- Become financially independent
- Have ALL my children and their spouses and grandchildren celebrate at least one Christmas at my house
- Take my future son-in-laws on a one week camping/jeeping trip before they marry my daughters
- Hold my grandchildren when they are born
- Take my children on a mission trip
- Climb El Capitan
- Visit Mt. McKinley
- Scuba dive in the Turks
- Take my wife on a cruise
- Invent something
(added) I also want to include goals for this year…
- Touch 50 families positively for Christ from our Life Group
- Have a successful year both financially and spiritually that culminates in a WONDERFUL family Christmas that has all my children and other family members with us at that time
- Help Robin complete her goal of summit-ting a 14′er this summer
- Go on another missions trip this summer
- Visit a natural wonder outside of Colorado
A mission statement goes a long way towards defining who you really are. Pulling words from thoughts about your values, what drives you, what you are passionate about, you can form a pretty accurate mission statement that defines what you care about, what you strive for, what you are made of. My mission statement is as follows:
I will inspire my family and others to discover and act on God’s purpose for their lives, through mentoring and adventurous living in compassion and holiness. I will serve as an example of action, reflecting commitment, strength, love for God’s Word, and standing firmly on God’s Truth to defend the defenseless.
But what is purposed living without goals? We are striving for something, but how do we know if we are successful? We need goals. I know I will need to set some more specific goals going forward, but I believe I found my goals this morning. I re-read Matthew 5:1-12. I won’t quote it here, but rather, go read it for yourself. These will be my goals; these will help me measure where I am in my quest.