Friendcation OBX 2015

Lacey and I spent last week at the Outer Banks of North Carolina with some great friends. We had an excellent time playing in the waves, chilling on the beaches, reading, exploring local historical spots, eating good food, playing ridiculous games, and laughing hard.

2014

2014 is now at an end. In my opinion, it has been a massive success. The best yet, even! Here is a list of personal highlights for 2014:

  • Lacey and I planned our wedding in 3 months.
  • We got married!
  • We honeymooned in Costa Rica.
  • I quit a job, and started a new (awesome) one.
  • I became a level 9 uncle (Fisher, my newest nephew, was born).
  • Lacey and I purchased stand-up paddle boards.
  • We went to the beach with some great friends.
  • We enjoyed Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge with Lacey’s family.
  • I witnessed Dad and Mom enter their 37th year of marriage.
  • We did Christmas in Knoxville with my Family (all four sisters were in town).
  • We saved a little money.

There are some pretty significant bullet points on that list! I am thankful for what this past year has brought us, and I look forward to what’s in store for 2015. Here are some of the plans/goals I’m looking forward to:

  • A weekend mountain trip with some really good friends.
  • Attending a marriage conference with Lacey.
  • Celebrating our first anniversary (details TBD)!
  • Having a man-night every other week!
  • Traveling somewhere new.
  • Spending time with family.
  • Becoming a better programmer.
  • Reading more.
  • Being more physically active.
  • Saving more money.
  • Investing in relationships.

Hiking Ramsey Cascades Trail

Today, Lacey and I hiked the Ramsey Cascades Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a good 8 mile out-and-back trip (plus we figure another .5 mile or so in the ‘parking lot’). At the end of the trail is a pretty big waterfall, so that was a nice place to have our lunch. 2,200 feet of elevation gain wore us out pretty well by the end of our trip. We could not have asked for better weather for our hike!

Nerd note: I took all of these photos with my (new to me) 5th-generation iPod touch.

Dance for Love 2012

Homes of Love hosted its annual Dance for Love fundraising party again this weekend at The Square Room. I forget why, but I missed it last year, and was excited to be able to make it this time around. I was not disappointed. It was the best one yet. If you know nothing about Homes of Love, you should have a look at their website and see what they are all about.

Homes of Love works in Southeast Asia and Africa to establish and maintain loving, small, family-structured homes for orphaned and at-risk children. HOL seeks to reach children before they are trafficked, sexually exploited or put on the streets. We take a preventative approach to these problems common to vulnerable children. We are committed to the holistic, long-term care of these children until they become independent adults in their society.

Hawaii 2009

I was privileged to have the opportunity to visit the island of Oahu this October. My girlfriend, Lacey, was in the middle of spending a couple months at a Baptist Camp (pkcc.org) located on the west side of the island. She volunteered at the camp, doing anything from painting, laundry, to preparing meals for the campers. In exchange for some work, she was able to stay at the camp free of charge, and score some free meals here and there. Sweet deal! When I went to visit for two weeks, I was able to help the camp develop a more modern website. It was a fun way to keep costs down, learn new things, and get to spend time in Hawaii!

Pu’u Kahea Baptist Conference Center – Check it out and let me know how I did!