Wednesday, January 23

First, an update on life here in Arkansas ...

The family is well. Gina is doing great (as always) - teaching her kids, tutoring a former student, and doing quite a bit of reading. For a woman who never read much at all, over the past few years she has developed a real taste for mysteries and Nicholas Sparks books. (FYI - Sparks ran track at Notre Dame and sponsors a youth track club out of North Carolina. I had the chance to meet him at a meet last year). Right now she is reading quite a bit of James Patterson since we started watching the new TV series, "The Women's Murder Club," which is based on some of his books. Of course, John Grisham has a new book coming out next week. (So I have my Valentine's Day gift covered!) We are both reading through the Bible this year and hope to pick up the ballroom dancing class next month.

Stacy is in the second half of her junior year at the UofA - still making great grades and working several hours a week for a dermatologist in Springdale. She has her own apartment in Fayetteville. We keep telling her that she is welcome to move back home, but she doesn't seem interested.

Erin is enjoying her job in Omaha, but not so much the weather. The winter in Omaha has been pretty brutal - cold, snowy, and windy. It is so bad that she has bought her dog a sweater, coat, and boots just to get her to go outside to the bathroom. But when she complains, we just remind her that it was her choice to move there. And it's warmer in Arkansas.

I'm also doing well and keeping busy. Ministry-wise, the big news is that our women's minister has left to take a position with a church in Florida. She had only been here for about six months, which makes it a little frustrating. But God always has those things in control. Over the weekend, we had a guys' retreat out at Devil's Den State Park. It was just a one night event, but it was a good time of bonding, sharing testimonies, and setting some direction for the future.

Track season has also started up. We have ten home meets this season, so I won't do any traveling for track until at least the end of April. We have a meet this weekend with 25 college teams coming in. I also found out last month that I was selected to serve as the head high jump official for the 2008 US Olympic Trials. I'm looking forward to that opportunity.

That's the quick rundown. I'll try to post on a more regular basis (one of my resolutions for 2008). In the meantime, here are some things I've picked up online over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Check out one man's list of the 50 Greatest Olympic Track and Field athletes of all time. Let me know what you think of it.

How would you do on these questions from the US Naturalization Exam for new citizens?

Are you right-brained or left-brained?