3:10am and inspired…


Thank you Glenn Weissel for nominating me for the Sunshine Award.  Thank you for Cristi Moise @ Simple. Interesting., ForOnePlease and Ivon Prefontaine @ Teacher As Transformer for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I’m humbled by your nominations.

As to seven facts about me: (1) I’ve never been to Paris. New Zealand.  Or Australia. (2) I’m the breadwinner in our family but have absolutely no clout. (3) I have insomnia (like now). The excuse tonight, Zeke crowded me out of bed. (4) We’re empty nesters in less than 3 weeks. (sigh) (5) I’m afraid of heights yet have no fear of flying. (6) I’m a sap with babies and animals (not fish so much). (7) I relish Saturday afternoon naps (and Sunday afternoon naps for that matter). (Bonus Fact) I’m a lucky man in so many ways.  Too many too count.  And I’m grateful for it all. 

In return, I’d like to nominate the following bloggers for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

To accept the award, the rules are:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Post the award image to your page.  (Here’s the Link)
  3. Tell seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 10 other blogs
  5. Let them know they are nominated

And here’s a few of the inspiring bloggers’ posts of the week:

George W. Mahn III @ Vertical Leap who writes song lyrics (which is poetry to me) and his post It Happens Everyday.  Here’s a short excerpt:

   ….suddenly see
something good is coming your way
it happens everyday, it happens everyday
ask and you shall see
it’s just a heartbeat away, a heartbeat away
something good is coming your way
it happens everyday, it happens everyday
it happens everyday, it happens everyday….

Bill Moore @ coachbillmoore with his post “Should My Son Quit Football?” I didn’t see this coming with my son. He loves football…Yet the call came. Here I am a thousand miles away. Yet I had my answers. I had my words…I told my son how I never once pushed him to play football…I told him how proud I was of him. Proud of the excellent student, excellent citizen, and great son and brother he has become.  I told him I would be proud of him no matter what. But…

Jay Morris @ The wayward journey with his post “The lessons I take to Mozambique”: This Friday, I leave for Mozambique, part of an 11-member mission team that will spend two weeks in Africa…So why, you might ask, would someone want to travel half way around the world to do volunteer work at a rural mission station…?…Away from your daily routine, reduced to the bare necessities and ministering to people who have very little by U.S. standards, you are able to see more clearly than ever before. Talk about passion. Talk about living with purpose. People you meet on mission trips have it in spades, and they got it by learning what really counts in life…”

John E. Smith @ Strategic Learner with is post: Is Ignorance Really Bliss …? “The older you get, the smarter you get … Mostly because you realize just how little you know of all there is to know.”  Or his post: It’s Simple Arithmetic…“Every human being either adds to or subtracts from the happiness of those with whom he or she comes in contact.” John often leaves me with nuggets that hang with me for days.

And The Hump Day Photo of the Week:

carpe diem

Sources: Sunflower Photo: shortpeoplefly via madamescherzo.  Carpe Diem image: observando


  1. Congrats on your well-deserved awards, David. That sunflower photo is wonderful.


  2. Alex Jones says:

    Well deserved award and congratulations on an awesome blog.


  3. Errr Dave, I know it’s early, but you gave us 8 facts when the scheme says you should give us 7. I don’t like to sound picky, but rules are rules.


  4. WOW!!


  5. I want that poster!


  6. You so deserve this award – and one day you’ll tell me why you ignored me when I nominated you months ago. But no matter – you are amazing despite your personal disbelief – and you do lead and inspire and yeah, we learn. 🙂


  7. Congratulations on your award.


  8. CONGRATULATION! A well deserved award!



  9. Congratulations David, well deserved I would say. You will get to Paris on day, put it on top of your list 🙂


  10. Congratulations on your Award! Thank you for reading and supporting my blog and for the Award. GOD bless you!


  11. Great post David! Thanks for the nomination, and including me. Have a great Wednesday!


  12. The picture was awesome and Congrats on the awards! Seriously Dave you need to get Zeke his own bed! You are insane with the 3 am awakening!!!! You make us all look bad:) Love all your posts and keep them coming…..


    • Hi Priti. Thank you. Yes, no kidding on Zeke getting his own bed. I’m afraid though, this is way too far gone now. He feels that he has squatter’s rights – and there is no moving him. It was cute as a puppy. 55 pounds later, it is less cute! Thanks for stopping by.


  13. Congrats, David! Gotta go carp now. The diem marches on.


  14. Congratulations, David! And thank you for passing this award on. Much appreciated!


  15. CONGRATS, David! You are most deserving! I learn, laugh, and live a bit more wisely (and I daresay largely) as a result of your blog. 🙂


    • 2:01 pm. Wow, are you on a sabbatical or travelling in Asia? This is so out of character. You’ve conditioned me to 5:00am comments. 🙂 Seriously, thanks so much for your kind words Lori.


  16. That photograph will go down in history. It’s a masterpiece. Thank you.


  17. Congrats, certainly well deserved! I love the image you used. But I have just one question…3am..weren’t we just discussing the virtues of sleep? 🙂


  18. lkanigan says:

    Congrats Dave! More than well deserved on the great info you provide.


  19. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    Congratulations, Dave. You deserve all the blog awards out there!
    And thank you.


  20. Congratulations dear David. This sunflower photograph is amazing, fascinated me. Thanks and Love, nia


  21. Congratulations, David.

    But, 3:10 AM? Get some sleep.



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