Honored, blessed, and thrilled to be kicking off 22 years of summer adventure camps 1 week from today!! Let the countdown begin!
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
23rd ANNUAL SLAMMED ADVENTURE TRIP!!!
GTD goes BOGO for SLAMMED!!!
It's always been our goal to make our public trips as affordable as possible for our participants and we are finally in a position to do that for our flagship event - The SLAMMED Adventure Trip. This year we will be going to one of our most beloved destinations, Tellico Plains, TN to do some of our favorite adventures like rock climbing, rapelling, cliff jumping, bridge jumping, waterfall sliding, and optional white water rafting on the Ocoee River (additional $40/person).
And most importantly we will be connecting with our Creator each day with morning devotions and nightly Bible based challenges called Impact Points.
This will all be held at a private group campsite in the middle of God's amazing playground!!
Now you see why we call it SLAMMED!
EVENT: SLAMMED Adventure Trip
DATE: July 11-15 (Wed-Sun)
LOCATION: Tellico Plains, TN
COST: $199 ($99.50 each with our BOGO deal!) plus optional rafting ($40/person)
*Transportation not included
For more details or to register online click on this link:
COME PLAY WITH US!
Monday, June 11, 2018
One of my best friends wanted to upgrade me from a sleeping cot and surprised me with a new 8" green tea memory foam bed & frame. What a fantastic & thoughtful house warming gift to return home too!! Thank you dear friend!! Sweet dreams everybody!
House Renovation Cost: NEW BED = $0 (gift)... I'm so grateful!!
*I'm posting about this house renovation journey and associated costs partly because this specific journey is one of the current callings in my life and I want God to receive all the glory as I attempt to walk in obedience, wisdom, & discipline... and partly because I'm the director of a non-profit ministry and I believe that fact alone requires a certain amount of public transparency even if it's a personal expense. I like being transparent about everything, especially expenses, great deals, gifts, etc... and I also want to share about this journey partly because, to me, it's fun and interesting and I hope it is to those who read it.
We safely returned back to Florida late last night from our ARK ENCOUNTER Trip in KY/ OH / IN, but not before spending one last full day enjoying the rental home and touring the Newport Aquarium adjacent to the Ohio River. Good times =)
Saturday, June 9, 2018
The last 2 days were filled with learning more about God's amazing creation, today was about enjoying that creation... what we like to call God's playground. We spent the day at Versailles State Park in Indiana. Kayaking. Swimming. Sliding. Jumping. Walking. Snacking. Relaxing. The weather was perfect. The day was perfect. Thanks God! And now we are preparing for another campfire =)
Friday, June 8, 2018
Today we toured the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY. It was filled with quality exhibit after quality exhibit that made a plausible and exceptional argument for a universe created by an all powerful God and impacted by the catastrophic effects of a global flood. While I respect and appreciate the value of museums I'm not typically a museum kind of guy, but I found this experience to be fascinating start to finish. I wholeheartedly recommend believers and skeptics to check it out. Time well spent!
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Massive! Impressive! Incredible! Educational! Quality workmanship! Our day at the full size replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky was nothing less than impressive from start to finish. I walk away with several inspiring impressions including a greater respect and appreciation for Noah and his family's obedience & dedication to their calling while encountering ridicule from their peers.... and the exact same respect & appreciation for Ken Ham as a modern day Noah dedicated to his calling to build an Ark in the face of similar ridicule and belittling. Overcomers overcome!
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Yesterday morning we flew out from Clearwater, FL had brunch and toured around Cincinnati, OH stayed overnight in Erlanger, KY and drove to our rental home in Madison, IN. Tomorrow we visit The ARK Encounter in Williamstown, KY. We had so much interest in this trip, but in the end we had only 1 taker... so we converted it into a recon trip to do a dry run for next year's trip and collect promo videos & pictures, on the ground experience, and more detailed information about this great destination. We've already gleaned a lot of good info. And the deal on the rental house was better than getting hotel rooms. So stay tuned for the daily reports of our newest adventure... The ARK ENCOUNTER!! Can't wait to see the big boat tomorrow =)
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
2 years ago my Dad got a great deal on a brand new riding mower from his neighbor. He thought he would use it for the non-profit community service organization he co-founded > People Helping People of Pinellas Park. But it never really developed as planned so it sat for 2 years under a tarp. On Sunday he pulled off the tarp, tuned it up, and gave it to me!! My Dad is such a selfless and generous soul. He is happiest when he is serving and giving to others. I respect him deeply. I've always dreamed of having a home with a yard and a riding mower... so after receiving some mower instructions from my Dad I immediately trailered it home and mowed the back yard while the sun was setting. I LOVED every second of it!! The next day I finished the rest of the yard... then turned off the blades, put it in its fastest gear, and started driving around the trees as if they were cones on an obstacle course!! It was so much fun! I used to have a part-time lawn service about 20 years ago and have always enjoyed lawn work... and that internal satisfaction God gives us with a job well done. So many people dread work, but purposeful work is a blessing from God that elicits all sorts of natural "highs", personal growth, confidence building, internal self respect, developmental skills, a means of glorifying God, and a shared connection with our Creator as image bearers with a God who shared with us with capacity and inner drive to work and create. There are very few joys that compare with accomplishing something with excellence - big or small. I love that feeling of satisfaction when I look at the lawn after I finish mowing and edging it. I can identify with God when He looked at each thing He created and He saw that it was good or very good... and now I get to do it every week on a lawn I've been given stewardship over. That is very good =)
I had a friend ask me to keep a running tally of the costs related to owning and renovating this home. In this case I received a $1200 riding mower for free as a gift from my awesome Dad. Praise God =)
Sunday, June 3, 2018
I've got about 20 "first priority" projects that need immediate attention so this weekend I tackled sanitizing the shower and installing a new temporary toilet. I think it's pretty safe to say that most people want to start fresh when it comes to sanitary issues. The old toilet looks like it served well for many years, but it was definitely time to retire it. Although I will be duplicating the work by removing the toilet in a few months to restore the hardwood floods this was a necessary "duplicate project". Once the old toilet was removed it was obvious that there was a small leak that rotted away some of the flooring (I'm anticipating finding this scenario scattered throughout this 63 year old bungalow treasure, and I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead and all the knowledge & experience I will gain from each project). I removed a 2' x 3' section of old flooring to get a peak at the damage to the hardwood under the toilet. It's not time to tackle the restoration so I had to stop the leak, patch up the floor, and get the new toilet functional. It took several hours, but mission accomplished. The new toilet is leak free and flowing so well that it leaves me a little "flush" (lame joke alert). I'm sorry, I can't resist... I'm a real "commode-ian"! ;)
I'm loving being a homeowner and all that comes with it... full steam ahead =)