Slept with Stan Last Night

My son and I spent the night at the Orlando Science Center.  We were there with our Church’s Cub Scout Pack.  There were other Packs and even some Brownie “Packs” there too.

Checked in.  Dinner buffet.  A presentation called “KA-BOOM”!!!!  Private admission to cool exhibits.  But wait, there’s more.

We capped off the night with two really unique experiences.  In fact, I had never done either in my fifty years.

We used two very powerful telescopes to view the Moon and Saturn.

The Moon?  Astonishing to be on earth and see what we saw with our own eye.

Saturn?  WOW! 

Saturn last night was 857 million miles away.  To say this another way, it was almost a billion miles away.  Billion.  Ya with me?

While it was tiny, we all knew we were looking at the real deal.  Not a photo.  Not a TV show.  Not a DVD program.  The real thing. 

Saturn is about eighty times bigger than Earth, by the way. 

To be able to see something soooo big, yet so far away, and it shows up as a tiny, but absolutely crystal clear image, is, well, almost indescribable.

Afterwards, we all slept in “Dino Digs“, a huge and very well done Dinosaur exhibit.

My son and I slept direclty beneath “Stan’s” enormous jawsStan is a T-Rex, named after the archaeologist that discovered him.  What made “Stan” famous is that 70% of his bones were found; more than any other T-Rex.

We had a great time and have some great memories.  In the big picture, that’s about as good as it gets.  Carpe diem, jeff 🙂

Some mistakes are easier to make


We all make them.  We all are “victims” of them.  We can never escape that reality that we’ll continue to make more.

Maybe all we can hope for is two simple things.

1.  To try to make fewer mistakes as we grow.

2. To forgive ourselves (and others) when a mistake happens.

Case in point, five minutes ago, at 6:47AM, I realized I’ve been working since 5:00Am, and forgot to kneel and pray after waking.   Remember the post a few days ago where I challenged myself to start every day on my knees?

Anyway, I forgot this morning.   So I simply forgave myself, walked back to the bedroom, knelt and prayed.


Our dog followed me from our office to the bedroom.  With my eyes closed, I could hear him enter.  I extended my hand out.

I knew he would accept it and place his muzzle on my hand.   Then he nestled right up next to me.

He’s so predictable.   His love is an unconditional love.   My goal in life is to become the kind of person he thinks I am.

Do you have a big goal?   Hope so.   Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂


Why do I write five blogs every day?

Not sure exactly.  Trying to figure it out actually.

Maybe this is why:

“Give, and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For whatever measure you use, it will be measured to you”.  — Luke 6:38

There’s a part of me that (probably falsely) believes if I pour myself out to try to make the world a better place, in my own small way, that God will protect my Family.  Sort of like a trade off.

I pay the price to try to help others, so that my Family will receive whatever help it needs.

That was really sort of weird to write that.  Not sure I like how it sounds.  Maybe I shouldn’t post it.

For now, I will.   I’m more afraid of not trying, than I am of making mistakes.  This may be a mistake, but at least I tried.

Today may be a great day for you to try.   Carpe diem, jeff 🙂

Above All?

Above all what?

Cleaning up some emails and came across a You Tube video clip link.  A Family member sent it.   This impactful song was even more so, with the addition of the lyrics and photos.

It’s a song by Michael W. Smith.  Click here to play, Above All.

Little things like this, when I take a few minutes to be still, help frame my day.  Carpe diem, jeff 🙂