Category Archives: Family

Our Own Nexus 7 Commercial

Google could have filmed a Nexus 7 commercial at our house this weekend. For a 3rd grade project my daughter (with a parental help) had to turn a shoe box into a habitat complete with animals and vegetation.

Along with it she had to prepare a “food web” showing the animals she included and what each ate. She chose to do a rainforest.

Together we searched Amazon on the N7 for the perfect toy animals to use and ordered them right from Amazon app.  She used the N7 for research.

It would have taken her forever to figure out how to spell and type what she wanted to look up on the computer. Instead she became a pro at saying, “OK Google. What does a tapir eat” and “show me pictures of rainforest plants”.

To round out the complete N7 experience we used it to take and crop this picture.


My daughter did 100% of the research, painting, and animal placement.  I was there mostly for moral support, to cut the box, and run the hot glue gun.

Yep.  I can picture the Google/Nexus 7 commercial in my head.  What a fun memory this will be for both of us.

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Don’t Blame Dave Ramsey… Look at the Face in the Mirror

Around Thanksgiving time Dave Ramsey shared a blog post titled 20 Things the Rich Do Every Day.  It was from Tom Corley’s website.  This list poses an interesting juxtaposition of the daily habits of the rich and the poor.  It has also created plenty of internet and Twitter backlash for Dave.  Many are using it to accuse Dave of hating the poor.

My wife and I are Dave Ramsey listeners.  We recently completed his Financial Peace University.  Anyone who has ever taken this course or listened to his show should realize that Dave doesn’t hate the poor.  He helps and encourages them.  That’s how he’s built his business and his brand.

Instead of blaming Dave we should all take that list of 20 things and look in the mirror.  As I read through it my thoughts weren’t, “Wow, Dave!  You’re being a little hard on the poor.”  Instead, my thoughts went immediately to which habits of mine I could change to be more like the rich.  There were five that practically jumped off the screen and slapped me across the face.  Little changes in behavior and attitude that could possibly help me win financially and definitely improve the quality of life for me (and my family).

If you haven’t read it yet perhaps you should read the list and see if there are any habits you might change.

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You Gotta Start Somewhere

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for quite awhile but there was always a nagging voice in my head telling me reasons not to do it.  “You’ll never be able to figure out how to get it on the web.  It’ll take too much time.  No one will care what you have to say.” This is what the negative voice would say each time I thought about it.  I finally came to the conclusion that it didn’t matter whether anyone would read or care about my blog as long as I had fun figuring it out.

Once the decision was made to start this blog I did a lot of research.  The one bit of advice that kept popping up was to write about what you are passionate about.  That’s how I came up with the title, “Faith, Family, and Technology”.

Faith came first because it’s the most important.  In anything, if you lead with faith the rest will fall into place.

Next came family… because after faith they matter most.  My wife and I love being involved in our daughters’ lives and seeing them grow, learn, and become the people God had planned.

Lastly, I went with technology.  I love gadgets, gizmos, remotes, and all things Android.  In fact I’ll probably have a post or two on Android tips, tricks, and app reviews.

It appears my first blog is in the books.  Take that negative voice in my head.

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