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028 – Decisions We Have Made in Parenting, Part 1

Show Notes Fun Times with the Husband and Wife: On the night of this recording, we got dinner out together while the kids were  occupied by Mary Poppins. Spit spot! In this episode, we start a two part series where Heather and I talk about some of the decisions we were intentional in making along part of our parenting journey. Decisions We’ve Made in Parenting 1. Cutting Cable out of our Home About ten years ago, we decided to shut…

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Over Deliver

I’ve been to many conferences, seminars and training sessions in my career. Very few provide the impact I hope it will. Most are beneficial in some way and I try to find a key take-away from them all. Many also provide good networking opportunities. Recently, I went to Kent Julian’s Speak It Forward Boot Camp. This event provides a great professional development opportunity and helps me both personally and professionally. I find great insight from this conference in becoming a…

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Miles on the Journey

250,000 Miles My Malibu hit 250,000 miles on Oct 24 at 8:48 am CST. I was driving to work into West Lafayette from Lafayette after a morning dentist appointment. I remember when I was younger and 100,000 was a big deal. This Malibu has had only two owners, my Grandma and me. It had less than 40,000 miles on it when I bought it from her. The vast majority of the miles are those traveled the 43.2 miles to work…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 4 of 4)

Explosion While operating in Ecuador Forrest had an experience where he had just flown in from a village with a radio operator and his family. This family needed to be in Quito. He flew them there and landed at the international airport. He dropped them off and then stayed the night. This happened to be during August when the winds are particularly more violent. They call them the “Winds of San Juan.” So, he waited to take off when the…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 3 of 4)

Ignited Were you ever scared? “One time we were out in the jungle where we had a stash of fuel. We paid someone to watch it and there is a shelter there for barrels of fuel to be stored at this location. We were in need of about a ½ barrel of fuel to make the flight back to the center.” The guy working there rolled a barrel out to the plane and uncapped it. Forrest was out on the…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 2 of 4)

Serving in South America Forrest’s missionary experiences took him to Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. They spent time in Peru studying Spanish and preparing for his first term which was in Ecuador where he had the encounters with the Auca Indians. You might remember the story of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Roger Youdarian, and Peter Fleming who were killed by the Auca’s in 1956. The majority of his time, 15 years, was spent in Colombia. Having a young family…

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Take Off – Adventures of a Missionary Pilot (part 1 of 4)

Family Camp The best place you can take your family for vacation is to Gull Lake Ministries. Our family loves to go to a week of family camp in the summer. Each week they highlight a different mission organization. The week we were there this year, Wycliffe Bible Translators Ministries was there, represented by Forrest and Wanda Zander. I had a chance to sit down with Forrest and talk about his experiences on the mission field. He served in South…

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3 Ways to Serve Your Customer

Who Is Our Customer? A few months ago my staff and I had a conversation about who our customer is. We work in Higher Education so we serve students, faculty and staff. So our customers are not clearly defined into one segmented group. The question came up, “Who is our customer?”, because we were talking about the importance of being really good at customer service. It was a fair question because we can’t point to one specific group and say,…

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