For reference, Cardale Jones is a QB for OSU. After seeing this posted by a friend on Instagram -
I had to go to Twitter and see for myself what this guy was really like (@cardalejones) I scrolled through his tweets and couldn’t help but laugh at his posts. I’ve compiled a few of them together for your enjoyment.
Chances are, Cardale Jones won’t even read this blog, since, you know….he doesn’t like reading. But I’m sure Michigan fans will, because you know, they can read.
For even more enjoyment, check out this article on Urban Meyer and how he represents everything wrong in college sports.
I am humbled to be speaking alongside local leaders on November 21st at the Orlando Science Center. The event is a great opportunity for guests to hear some great insight on the opportunities businesses should be taking advantage of, primarily with the Latino market in the Central Florida area.
See the Flier for more info:
A former colleague and friend, Anna Ware, recently announced her new job on Linkedin which prompted me to check out her new company. After visiting their website and hearing their story, I decided to buy something from them and surprise my wife. Although she didn’t know that I had purchased something already, she watched the organizations “Who We Are” video and immediately said, “I want to have Lizzie over for dinner” (Lizzie is the Founder). I had planned on writing a blog on what they do, but after Amy’s surprise arrived, her reaction was so emotional I knew I couldn’t write it. Below is a blog from my wife, Amy:
This morning I opened up the most AMAZNG gift I’ve ever received. It spoke to my heart and brought me to tears. If I hadn’t had bed-head, Dave would’ve caught it on video (but I wouldn’t let him).
I got an iPad bag sold by a company called Market Colors. “So what?” you might say, “You can buy an iPad bag anywhere, Amy.” This is different…
Background: For over 20 years I’ve identified that I have an unexplained heart for Africa. I was lucky enough to go to Kenya twice to work with Street Kids – once in 1998 and then again in 2000. My family even supported a young boy from Kenya through Compassion Int’l who has since graduated from high school.
I love Africa!
Back to Present: The amazing thing about this iPad bag is that it was made in Kenya by a woman named Catherine Nakuru. She has been trained by a local organization in a skilled craft and can now (as a widow) support her 3 children even though she is presently battling HIV.
Market Colors, based out of Orlando, has partnered with an organization called ‘Springs of Hope Kenya’ that works with local churches and people. They also provide safe and loving shelter and training for orphaned and homeless children in Kenya – giving them an opportunity for happy and productive lives.
Everything about this iPad bag has significance. Even colors of my bag are unique in that the stripe that runs down the front is a Kenyan pattern. When I went on safari while in Kenya, we went out to the Maassi Mara and learned about the shepherds that protect the cattle from lions and other roaming wildlife. Red is significant to the Maassi tribe. We were told that once you wore a red cloak, it meant that you had slain a lion with your bare hands and a knife alone! WHAT?! So carrying this bag will also make me think of the brave men in Kenya.
I don’t have a clue the next time I’ll be able to go back to Africa, but being able to think about and support Kenyans in this simple way fills my heart with joy!
Last week Amy and I organized our first serving project since moving back to FL. We’ve spent a lot of time talking about our desires in life and both of us realized that community, love and leading by example are the attributes we want to live out daily.
As we began to put it all together, so many people jumped on board to offer help. We had 3 families join us at the serve, and there were others who couldn’t make it, but didn’t hesitate to help with supplies.
Our serving project was to come provide a lunch break for the homeless people (known as “Guests) who were working on refurbishing transition homes for the Matthew’s Hope organization.
Matthew’s Hope is a local non profit that helps people who are on the streets get back on their feet. When someone enters the program they are offered opportunities to work for points. There is a community garden, car wash, store, and other chores (such as refurbishing the homes) that they work with and earn points.
When they get these points, they are able to go to their store and buy products like diapers, food, toothbrush/paste, etc. Mobile care trucks also come to do dental work, offer medical prescriptions for those that need it, haircuts and more.
There are two areas in the program where someone can be in. They’re simply referred to as the Grey Shirts and Blue Shirts. The reason for this is because these are the shirts that help the team know who’s who. They’ve done such a great job at cleaning up, it’s sometimes hard to tell who’s homeless! Those in the “Blue Shirts” are at the point in the program where they are capable of going back to work and being able to sustain a life off the streets. Matthew’s Hope purchased 6 fixer upper homes to serve as transition homes for the Blue Shirts. This will allow them to find work by having a physical address. The Grey Shirts are people that are not yet ready but working towards it.
The Grey Shirt Guests were the ones working on the homes on Saturday. We brought so much food we literally had a little more than half left over (which was bagged up and provided for people to take with them once they left) It was incredibly great to meet people in the program and be able to serve and love on them.
As a dad, I have to say, watching my boys serve is one of the most rewarding things ever. I’m pretty sure that’s a glimpse into how God feels when he sees us do it.
What a cool video showcasing the development of the new Tesla car. Having spent 3 years working in the Tool & Die industry when I first graduated high school in Michigan, the stamping process was pretty cool to watch, but the robotics takes the cake for coolest part. Really shows how awesome humans are that we can create this kind of stuff!