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He’s Back … Hopefully for real this time!

This Blog space has been sitting stagnant for about 4 years now.  It’s hard to believe how quickly time can slip by and how easy it is to forget about something that seemed so important.

Life has changed and my life is busier now than ever.  Two active kids keep us constantly moving in different directions to make it to practices, events, dance, and gymnastics.  A growing church keeps me busy during the day and on the nights we aren’t playing taxi driver for the kids.  (I could go on with my excuses, but you get the point.)

As I reflect on how long it has been since I actually logged in to this blog, I’m shocked that so many years have passed without my noticing.  If we don’t make things a priority then we are destined to let them fall apart.

Hopefully I’m back!  I say “hopefully” because that is my plan.  But we all know what it’s like to make great plans and watch life interrupt our great intentions.  I plan to keep you updated on life at the Parrish house, what’s going on at Awestruck Church, generate some random ramblings from my ADHD brain, and post my sermon notes to go along with the video podcast.  This should be a fun journey to begin.  I’d be honored for you to walk alongside with me.

Josh

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Camping and Hiking at Hanging Rock

I took Micah to Hanging Rock State Park January 17-19 for some hiking and camping.  We had a blast!  He enjoyed sleeping in the tent and walking all the trails.  We even had some raccoons come join us in our camp the first night.  They stole our chocolate chips and then came back to hang out by the fire.  It was an interesting experience.

This is a short video of our get away.  Micah loves to film and give commentary.  Enjoy.

Micah’s First Camp Out

On 1/1/10 my six year old decided we should camp out in the 20 degree weather!  It was his first official overnight camp out in a tent and we had a blast.  He is hooked and even said that he’s ready to go to the Grand Canyon with me.  🙂

This is a short video of our experience complete with some commentary from Micah about out set up and cooking.  Enjoy.

Playing in the Snow (12/19/09)

This was the first big snow my kids have ever experienced.  Almost 4 inches is kind of a big deal here in Greensboro, NC.  We took them out sledding on Saturday and had a blast.

Please notice how Shannon takes Ady out on the first attempt.  Ady then returned the favor later in the day.  No one was hurt, but it made for great video.  🙂

Decorating our Christmas Tree(s)

This year we have two trees!  Instead of one big tree the kids each got a tree to decorate.  It was Micah’s idea so that Santa would know exactly where to put their gifts when he shows up.  That’s my boy…always thinking of other’s first.  🙂

A little wisdom from a little Princess…

I have the privilege of waking my kids, getting them ready, then dropping them off almost everyday of the week.  I love the adventure of waking them up.  I try to be creative and use different techniques like dance parties to the Beastie Boys, playing drums, throwing stuffed animals at them…and throwing our live animals at them.  🙂

My favorite part of the day is our car ride to school.  We begin with some rock n roll and head banging to get the blood flowing.  Then we always pray together.  I love to pray with my kids!  Me and my son (6) always choose a fruit of the spirit and pray that God will allow us to have and use it on that day.  My little girl (3 1/2) however has a mind of her own.  She does not conform to the system and chooses to be independent.  She is teaching me something new about prayer every morning.

It’s simple and I missed it for a long time, but it was so powerful once I finally clued in.  She begins every prayer with “Thank you God”!  That’s it…I told you it was simple.  Every sentence of her prayer, both praise and request, start with “Thank you God”.  She is trusting that no matter what she asks for or says to God is going to be taken care of.  As adults we learn to tag on something like, “we thank you in advance for hearing us and answering our prayers”, but my little girl has taught me that every line of our prayer should be full of expectancy and gratitude.  My little diva princess has reminded her daddy what an honor it is to pray, and how much we can depend on God to hear us when we speak to him.

Video of Micah’s 1st Day

Two days in and Micah is still loving school!  Here is a little montage of his first day from leaving the house to the trip home.  He gives us a recap of the day at the end.  I’m not sure what “Beefy Nachos” are, but they sure made his first day a lot more enjoyable.  

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