A Letter to My Best Friend – 5 Years

Victoria Nicole, For the past 5 years, I have had the privilege of being your husband, and standing by your side through many low valleys and mountain peaks. You are the love of my life, my best friend, my accountability, my biggest cheerleader, the mother of my son and the only person who knows how and when to push me to be a better husband, father, son, friend, man and human being. I still vividly remember you walking down the aisle 5 years ago and your radiating beauty as both of our eyes met each other, filled with tears. As I think about it now, I can feel my heart beat strong and fast, just like it did that day. Since then, I have found this clarity and purpose in life and my pursuit of Christ and you have played the largest role in showing me this, beyond Jesus. I cannot convey my gratitude accurately enough in writing or speech for what you have done for me, nor do I feel I ever will be able to. The only way…

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My New Every Day Watch • JORD Wood Watches

Victoria can attest to this, but I’m not always easy to shop for. While I do have a list somewhere with cool gadgets and things I like, when it comes to occasions or the holidays, I typically prefer a good meal, a trip to the movies and some quality time with her and Cove. But, when Victoria sent me a link to JORD Wood Watches, I have to admit, I got a little giddy. You see, I’m not really a timepiece kind of guy. I’m not sure why, but when it comes to the millions of wristwatch choices out there, nothing really excites me. Even with how involved I am in the digital / tech world, the Apple Watch to me is still just a “nice-to-have” and I don’t have one yet because it doesn’t excite or make my life easier. So when it comes to my every day, I don’t wear a watch because there’s nothing unique out there that has caught my eye… Until the other day…

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smart and Secure

I have always loved technology and gadgets, but it’s a love / hate relationship. My fear of where technology CAN go and where I think it will, stops me from integrating it into our home most of the time. The high price of smart home products also plays a huge role into my decision. The smart home concept has matured over the past few years, and prices for these products has become more affordable. When a new smart gadget comes out, whether it be a smart security camera, wifi connected light switch or a smart lock, I like to wait a while for all the issues to be worked out. I also research a lot to evaluate whether it’s actually safe for my home. You can’t look at the internet without seeing some new privacy breach or hacker turning your car into a brick wall. To help give me peace of mind, I invested into a strong and secure Wi-Fi set up, to make sure we’re protected from the start. With the price of smart home products beginning to go down, I’ve been itching to…

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San Diego Guys Trip

Some of my favorite trips are the last minute, spontaneous ones because we have to buckle down and get all the logistics planned quickly, then we’re off while still on the high / excitement of planning the trip. Now I love planned trips too (we typically have two trips a year that are planned months out), but there’s just something about jumping on a plane a few days later and throwing yourself into the flow of whatever happens, happens. It was just Jimmy and I for this trip though. You’ve seen him, Jen and their little guy on this blog a lot. Obviously their our best friends and we’re very close with them, so when Jimmy called me a week and a half ago and said he was flying to San Diego for 4 days on business and to pack my bags, I vetted it quickly with Victoria and 3 days later, we landed in the beautiful city of San Diego in my favorite state, California. We worked. We played. We drove around for hours in a Jeep Wrangler with…

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5 Tips When Booking a Photographer

Something I never really understood until I became a photographer was the effort and process it takes to be a photographer. On the outside, it’s easy right? “Smile!” [click] [click] done. With that, there’s not much guidance out there on how to effectively and enjoyably work with clients and photographers. We put together some quick tips, based on our experiences as photographers, to help shed some light on this subject and hopefully make your next photo session an experience you’ll always treasure, along with the images.

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TIME | Universally Shared & Easily Taken for Granted

We can go years or even a lifetime and never fully comprehend time as the most precious and fleeting commodity that it is. I’d guess the majority of us never really take to heart the stories we see and hear about every day of people who look back on their lives and wish they would have spent this precious gift more fully and without restraint. I don’t always do a good job at this, but over the last couple of years, Victoria and I have been extremely aware of this and have altered a lot of things to make sure we don’t waste what we’ve been given. Since bringing our son Cove into the world nine months ago, time and how we spend it, has been even more amplified. Here are a few of my thoughts…

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Hairpin Leg Kitchen Table DIY

We wanted a kitchen table that was simple, neutral and could take a beating from us and the kids, but still develop some character over the years. It’s 6 feet long x 3 feet wide, hard maple wood top with iron hairpin legs. I built the top and we purchased 4 hairpin legs. We left knots throughout the wood because we love the character it gives. COST $ * *Doesn’t include chairs (+$375) COST BREAKDOWN Hard Maple Wood = ~$175 (based on the lumberyard)Iron Hairpin Legs (Satin Nickel) = $121 (Four legs @ $26 a piece + shipping)Bistro Chairs (Copper) = ~$375 (6 chairs) MATERIALS 32 feet of 7-1/4 inch wide x 2 inch thick hard maple wood boards (maple is a favorite of mine because it’s dense, can take a beating, fairly simple to shape and leaves great character in the wood)Four 28 inch Hairpin legs (Satin Nickel)Bistro Chairs (Copper)2 inch Screws (48 qty.)Wood GlueWood Filer (optional to patch gaps)Stain (Special Walnut 224 – Minwax)Polyurethane (Clear Satin – Minwax) TOOLS Miter SawClampsKreg JigDrillHand PlanerSaw HorsesFinishing Sander STEP 1 – Cut the wood to five even pieces, measuring 6 feet long…

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