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Hope 2010 is better than 2009

I know this is usually the kind of post that is done the week after or the week before New Years, but here’s my restrospective of my life from 2009 and hopes for 2010.

First, this year cancer returned like a vengeance in my Mom in Law’s life and finally took her in November.  She survived 10 years of battling cancer and we are a stronger family because of this.  In the last 3 months, we have had family get togethers at my wife’s little brothers house.  This has not happened in the last 3 years.  I think it’s a wonderful thing that has happened since my wife’s mom went to be with the Lord.  The only really kind of negative thing, other than sadness that persists to this day, is that my father in law has been so completely shaken by this event.  He always was the rock of the family, but is now kind of in limbo.  He was so sure of himself and what he was doing for the last few years and now he just doesn’t know what his purpose is in life.  I pray he finds something because we all need that little something in life to make it worth being.

Luke has been a special challenge this year.  He’s a good kid, but he has a lot of trouble dealing with his temper.  We’re trying to work through this and we are bound and determined to keep the family together.  We just had a respite and my wife and I only went to the grocery store.  It was very pleasant and we didn’t have a persistent child asking for everything he sees.

What do I hope for 2010?  Well I hope to deepen my relationship with Christ and my friends and family.  I want to do whatever God want’s me to do and I feel he’s wanting me to get more involved at Church.  I also feel he’s telling me I need to focus on my family.  I still intend to do all of the other things that I currently do, but God and family all come before podcasting, blogging and work.

I also hope to get back in to ham radio a little.  At least firing up my rig a couple times a month.  Get active and make sure everything works.  You never know when the next Haitian earthquake or Hurricane Katrina happens.  I need to be ready.

Hear is hoping that you all have a great 2010!

January 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

Been a while

Wow.  I am extremely LAX at posting over here.  Let me explain a little bit of where I have been.

First, my son Luke has had many issues in the past year that we are still battling.  None of these are physical health issues.  He’s been diagnosed with ADHD and Aspergers.  This lays special challenges to my wife and I and has definitely put a strain on things at home.  God and my family both come before everything else….and I mean EVERYTHING.

Second, I am a senior team member over at Gear Diary writing reviews, news and views in my spare time.  I love writing with the team at Gear Diary and intend to do this for as long as I can! 😀  Judie is a incredible person and I thank her for all she does for the team.

Thirdly, and most recent is I am also now a part time host of the Linux Link Tech Show, although it seems like it’s been every week lately! 😀  The hosts of the Tech Show are my friends and I love being in the asterisk channel EVERY week I can be.  These guys are some of the best people I have ever met in the Linux community.

Lastly, I do the Life in Ohio Podcast when I get the spare chance.  I still like sharing my life and talking abouit Ohio, it’s just taken a back seat to more important things.

Oh and I forgot…I volunteer with the scouts and my church as well.  So, as you can see, this leaves little time for blogging over here, but I hope things settle out soon!  I will always maintain this blog for things that don’t fit Gear Diary, TLLTS or Life in Ohio podcast.

May 12, 2009 at 9:14 am 3 comments

A Word About Holiday Traditions…Take it SLOW!

So often in our holiday preparations are we moving so fast we can’t even blink. We rush from one holiday event to another. We buy stuff. We exhaust ourselves. Well, I am going to share something that has been a McLaughlin family tradition for many years now and I will likely keep it up for many years to come.

As many married couples know, we get challenges for our families attention. We get requests to go see our in-laws and requests from our own parents. We have handled this by alternating holidays when possible. One year we have Thanksgiving in Knoxville with my folks, and one year I spend it in Columbus. Usually, when I make that trip south, we also do presents even if it’s just Thanksgiving. This kills two holidays with one trip. Granted, Mom usually doesn’t have the tree up or cookies made, but that’s not why I go. Anyway, the last two years it’s been Christmas in Knoxville. Next year, we should be doing the Thanksgiving trip. It’s a 6 hour drive. Well, since we usually leave in the evening and it is the time of year where the days are shorter, it’s usually dark when we get there. Well, we decided many years back that we would stop halfway on the way down. Get a room in a hotel and relax. This is a blessing. My brother and to a lesser extent my parents will kind of chide me for it, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. We all take time to relax together as a family. We eat at a restaurant, go swimming and watch some holiday shows on the TV. It’s a time I will always remember. It’s a time where it’s JUST me, the wife and my son. A time I would never give up for work or extended family commitments.

My advice to those who read this is to start a nice, slow relaxing holiday tradition. When you take your next family trip, try stopping overnight even if it’s normally a drive you would do in one day. Not only does it give you and your family the opportunity to take a breather from the breakneck pace of modern society, but it gives you the opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. The people who we’ve met at this Ramada Inn in Lexington have been awesome. They always treat you like their guest. That’s so rare even in the hotel industry. When we walk into the in hotel restaurant, Sigee’s, they welcomed us and looked like they were really glad we were there. There was noone in the restaurant except us which was a bit weird, but they served us like we were their family. The Chef actually brought the food out to the table and chatted for a bit and it was a awesome time.

I am rambling, but my point is you never know what the Lord will bless you with. He may bless you with a great family time, or he may place you in a position where you may need to pray for the people you meet. He may give you the opportunity to make new friends. This blessing from the Lord may be passed by if you just go at a breakneck pace from one thing to another. Take a breather. Your allowed to. Don’t give in to the unreasonable expectations of others. Do what the Lord commands. For you may never know what blessings are at that hotel you pass on checking into or that dinner stop you decide to pass on.

Take it easy this Christmas. May the Lord bless you and yours with a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 24, 2007 at 7:34 am 2 comments


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