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Moving

For those of you that follow this blog, I wanted to let you know of a change. The new strategic dads site is up and running. You can follow at www.strategicdads.com.  No more posts from this site. Hope you enjoy the new site!

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We just finished up our week of spring break here at PDS and I love hearing all of the stories from our boys about their adventures. The Brady house experienced spring break a bit differently this year. I have been very fortunate to get through the majority of this year without any illness. Until Now! Comic Bill Engvall said every parents alarm clock should be programmed to the sounds of your children throwing up because that is a sound that will get you attention. After last week, I completely agree. Early last week we woke up to the sounds of our seven year old throwing up down the stairs of our new house. Joy! He proceeded to throw up for the next several hours. Just as he completed his final round, our eleven year old began. As he was finishing up, I started followed by my wife. Glad the new house has three toilets. The only positive out of this was the fact that our two year old daughter did not get it. She is probably starting as I type this!

My bout with the stomach bug lasted all night. It was so bad that after my last ride on “the porcelain Honda” I literally collapsed on the bed. I had nothing left. As I look back on this awful experience, I have a couple of takeaways.

I am convicted that I do not come to Jesus like that. I often desire to come to Jesus on my own terms instead of on His. I want to come to Him with my chest puffed out with everyone looking instead of acknowledging my brokeness and need for His grace and mercy.

The amount of puke that Carrie and I had to clean up was brutal. We were both extremely frustrated that we had to wipe up the mess that did not make it to the toilet. Then I thought back to the price Christ paid to clean up our mess. Frustration stopped. Forgiveness needed. Humility granted.

It will definitely be a day and night that goes down in the history books for the Brady Family. My prayer is that we will look back, laugh and remember God’s grace!

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Back to Blogging

Sorry for the delay folks. I have been working on a huge project here at PDS and it is close to being completed. I am finally back to where I can consistently post so away we go. Good stuff ahead so be on the lookout!

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Carrie and I were actually talking about this the other day and I read this list today from Wired Magazine. Some I don’t even understand but some are quite good.

There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.

That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias …

Photo Credit: makelessnoise via flickrPhoto credit: makelessnoise via flickr

Audio-Visual Entertainment

  1. Inserting a VHS tape into a VCR to watch a movie or to record something.
  2. Super-8 movies and cine film of all kinds.
  3. Playing music on an audio tape using a personal stereo. See what happens when you give a Walkman to today’s teenager.
  4. The number of TV channels being a single digit. I remember it being a massive event when Britain got its fourth channel.
  5. Standard-definition, CRT TVs filling up half your living room.
  6. Rotary dial televisions with no remote control. You know, the ones where the kids were the remote control.
  7. High-speed dubbing.
  8. 8-track cartridges.
  9. Vinyl records. Even today’s DJs are going laptop or CD.
  10. Betamax tapes.
  11. MiniDisc.
  12. Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
  13. Scanning the radio dial and hearing static between stations. (Digital tuners + HD radio b0rk this concept.)
  14. Shortwave radio.
  15. 3-D movies meaning red-and-green glasses.
  16. Watching TV when the networks say you should. Tivo and Sky+ are slowing killing this one.
  17. That there was a time before ‘reality TV.’
  18. Computers and Videogaming

  19. Wires. OK, so they’re not gone yet, but it won’t be long
  20. The scream of a modem connecting.
  21. The buzz of a dot-matrix printer
  22. 5- and 3-inch floppies, Zip Discs and countless other forms of data storage.
  23. Using jumpers to set IRQs.
  24. DOS.
  25. Terminals accessing the mainframe.
  26. Screens being just green (or orange) on black.
  27. Tweaking the volume setting on your tape deck to get a computer game to load, and waiting ages for it to actually do it.
  28. Daisy chaining your SCSI devices and making sure they’ve all got a different ID.
  29. Counting in kilobytes.
  30. Wondering if you can afford to buy a RAM upgrade.
  31. Blowing the dust out of a NES cartridge in the hopes that it’ll load this time.
  32. Turning a PlayStation on its end to try and get a game to load.
  33. Joysticks.
  34. Having to delete something to make room on your hard drive.
  35. Booting your computer off of a floppy disk.
  36. Recording a song in a studio.
  37. Photo credit: ghbrett via flickrPhoto credit: ghbrett via flickr

    The Internet

  38. NCSA Mosaic.
  39. Finding out information from an encyclopedia.
  40. Using a road atlas to get from A to B.
  41. Doing bank business only when the bank is open.
  42. Shopping only during the day, Monday to Saturday.
  43. Phone books and Yellow Pages.
  44. Newspapers and magazines made from dead trees.
  45. Actually being able to get a domain name consisting of real words.
  46. Filling out an order form by hand, putting it in an envelope and posting it.
  47. Not knowing exactly what all of your friends are doing and thinking at every moment.
  48. Carrying on a correspondence with real letters, especially the handwritten kind.
  49. Archie searches.
  50. Gopher searches.
  51. Concatenating and UUDecoding binaries from Usenet.
  52. Privacy.
  53. The fact that words generally don’t have num8er5 in them.
  54. Correct spelling of phrases, rather than TLAs.
  55. Waiting several minutes (or even hours!) to download something.
  56. The time before botnets/security vulnerabilities due to always-on and always-connected PCs
  57. The time before PC networks.
  58. When Spam was just a meat product — or even a Monty Python sketch.
  59. Gadgets

  60. Typewriters.
  61. Putting film in your camera: 35mm may have some life still, but what about APS or disk?
  62. Sending that film away to be processed.
  63. Having physical prints of photographs come back to you.
  64. CB radios.
  65. Getting lost. With GPS coming to more and more phones, your location is only a click away.
  66. Rotary-dial telephones.
  67. Answering machines.
  68. Using a stick to point at information on a wallchart
  69. Pay phones.
  70. Phones with actual bells in them.
  71. Fax machines.
  72. Vacuum cleaners with bags in them.
  73. Everything Else

  74. Taking turns picking a radio station, or selecting a tape, for everyone to listen to during a long drive.
  75. Remembering someone’s phone number.
  76. Not knowing who was calling you on the phone.
  77. Actually going down to a Blockbuster store to rent a movie.
  78. Toys actually being suitable for the under-3s.
  79. LEGO just being square blocks of various sizes, with the odd wheel, window or door.
  80. Waiting for the television-network premiere to watch a movie after its run at the theater.
  81. Relying on the 5-minute sport segment on the nightly news for baseball highlights.
  82. Neat handwriting.
  83. The days before the nanny state.
  84. Starbuck being a man.
  85. Han shoots first.
  86. “Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.” But they’ve already seen episode III, so it’s no big surprise.
  87. Kentucky Fried Chicken, as opposed to KFC.
  88. Trig tables and log tables.
  89. “Don’t know what a slide rule is for …”
  90. Finding books in a card catalog at the library.
  91. Swimming pools with diving boards.
  92. Hershey bars in silver wrappers.
  93. Sliding the paper outer wrapper off a Kit-Kat, placing it on the palm of your hand and clapping to make it bang loudly. Then sliding your finger down the silver foil to break off the first finger
  94. A Marathon bar (what a Snickers used to be called in Britain).
  95. Having to manually unlock a car door.
  96. Writing a check.
  97. Looking out the window during a long drive.
  98. Roller skates, as opposed to blades.
  99. Cash.
  100. Libraries as a place to get books rather than a place to use the internet.
  101. Spending your entire allowance at the arcade in the mall.
  102. Omni Magazine
  103. A physical dictionary — either for spelling or definitions.
  104. When a ‘geek’ and a ‘nerd’ were one and the same.

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Real

I am currently reading the book Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian and enjoying it. He opens up the book talking about his family and how he was raised. As I was reading, one sentence (one word actually) jumped out at me and got me thinking:

“The Christianity they cultivated in our family was joyful, warm, inviting, hospitable, and REAL, not legalistic or oppressive.”

REAL

Are you real:

In the way you treat others

In the way you treat your spouse

In the way you parent

In the way you love others

In your relationship with Christ

Do your kids see a sinner in need of a savior or do they see someone who is putting up a front.

What do your kids see in you?

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My daughter loves to scroll through pictures on our phones. The other day she was scrolling through and saw this picture. How do I know this? Because our verbal two year old asked me why I had my shirt off. Seeing this picture makes me think that I need to have a personal Biggest Loser competition. This picture was taken at Kings Island in Cincinnati. We took our two boys there for my oldest sons 11th birthday. We had a blast. Even though it was summer, it happened to be a chilly day at the park. The temperature made for a great day until we made the decision to ride the water ride. This particular ride offers you a 100% chance of getting wet. Since I was going to be freezing anyway, I thought I would take the chance to mark a moment. There was NO line for this particular ride (maybe because the water was freezing). You did not have to get off if you didn’t want to (and we chose not to). I wanted the boys to remember this day so I suggested that we ride with our shirts off. The boys were instantly excited (probably because their bodies are in much better shape than dear old dad)! We got on the ride, took our shirts off and threw them off to the side. The other people gave us a few looks but we did not care. As you can see from the picture, it made for a fun moment. I vaguely remember almost puking on a bunch of rides, but I know that I will never forget that time. It was a chance to give my boys a moment to remember and I am so glad we did it. Take the initiative to mark moments with your kids. They might make you look a bit foolish in the eyes of the world, but I guarantee you that it will make a memory in your kid’s lives that they will not forget. Be creative, be intentional and enjoy the ride.

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My Father had knee replacement surgery yesterday. He made it out like a champ. For those of you who don’t know my dad, he is incredible. He is the most fit, in shape, healthy individual I know. Years of football and exercise had worn his knee out and he finally made the decision to get it replaced. As I was waiting for him to get out of surgery, I was thinking back on the impact he has made on my life. He has loved me through my good times and bad. He has modeled love and compassion for me. I am blessed to have him as my father (even if we are polar opposites in regards to being fit, diet and everything else healthy). After surgery yesterday his doctor, who happens to be a friend, came out and shared with us that his old knee was really banged up and in bad shape. His knee had taken a beating. He also said that this new knee, after significant rehab, would make him a new man. As he was telling us this, my thoughts went to Romans 8:18: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” The sufferings that we go through at this present time are insignificant in comparison to eternity in heaven with Christ Jesus. We might be banged up, in pain, or going through situations that we view as difficult. But just wait. Just wait. Wait and know that our life is to be lived with eternity in mind. A time when there will be no pain. A time that will be solely focused on the glory of God. On a cold snowy day in Memphis, that’s something to get excited about.

Thanks dad for a life well lived and a knee that showed me the gospel!

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