Category Archives: About Me

It’s Been A While

Wow…It’s been almost 5 months since my last post.

While I can’t say that my only reason for not posting is being busy, it has been a big part. During my summer, I worked a lot and at one point was working over 40 hours a week (which was new to me). It was a rewarding experience.

Since my last post, not only have I started a new semester, but just under two weeks ago I proposed to my beautiful girlfriend, Ashley, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and she said yes!

Here are some pictures to recap what has gone on since my last appearance in the blogosphere.

Engagement pictures by H.J. Photography.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! I decided that today would be a good opportunity to express my gratitude for all that my mom has done for me in my 20 years of existence.

I never give my mom enough credit for all she has done for me during my life. When I was homeschooled in third and fourth grade, she made sure I stayed on task and kept up so I would be able to be on track with my peers when I returned to school in 5th grade. Without her diligent teaching I might not have done as well in school as I have so far.

Also, my family has been through some tough times and through all of that, my mom stayed strong and set an example for me in trusting God and to endure trials no matter how terrible the situation is. My mom has shown the strength to get through situations in which many other people would have given up and taken the easy way out. Instead, my mom relied on God to bring her through the trials and help her grow through them. Seeing my mom’s struggle with trials has helped me trust God more when I’m going through my own personal trials and I hope that I can show the same strength that she has when I’m a father in the future.

It’s hard to believe how much a mother can love, but when I think about how patient my mom has been with me through the years when I’ve given her an attitude or been short with her, that she still loves me despite my imperfections and she always will. She supports me in whatever I do while still keeping me grounded and helping me focus on what will be best for my future. I don’t know where I’d be today without my mom. I most likely wouldn’t be attending Liberty University right now pursuing an accounting degree and who knows, maybe I wouldn’t be in college, but thanks to her pouring into my life for all these years, she has shaped me into the man that I am still becoming and I thank God for blessing me with the best mom anyone could ask for.

I love you mom. Happy Mother’s Day.

Give Blood

This is one of those rare posts of mine where the focus is not photography. Today, I gave blood through the American Red Cross. This was my third time giving blood in the last two years. I have O positive blood, which while not being the universal donor (O negative), my blood can be given to any recipient who also has a positive blood type. Each time I give blood I think about how important it is to give blood if you are able. Just 45 minutes of your time every 2 months or more can save up to 3 lives each time you donate. It almost seems like a no-brainer, but so many people do not take the time to do it. Here is a little bit of an explanation of what it is like to give blood (DISCLAIMER: If you are squeamish at the sight of needles or blood (contained in a tube), you may want to stop reading here):

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My Birthday!

Today was the big day. Today marked the end of an era, and the beginning of a new one. Today I turned 20 and left my teenage years behind. My birthday definitely turned out to be the best one I’ve had so far! I started off my birthday going to Thomas Road Baptist Church with my brother, Ashley (my girlfriend) and her family. After church and after giving my brother a quick tour of the Jerry Falwell Library, we headed over to Ashley’s grandmother’s house for a birthday celebration. There was grilled chicken and macaroni and cheese so I was a happy man. Ashley gave me some Liberty gear and I’m excited to sport it! The shirt I’m wearing in these pictures was given to me by my wonderful parents and you’ve gotta admit it looks pretty great. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday great. I look forward to many more years enjoying God’s blessings, including the wonderful people he places in my life!

The only pictures not taken by Ashley are the cat picture, taken by me and the pictures that Ashley is in.

My Job (Baseball)

Today was the home opener for Liberty University Baseball. This is only the second season that the Flames baseball team has played in their new baseball stadium and today was the first time playing a home opener after the stadium was fully completed. Although the Flames fell to Old Dominion University 7-4, it was exciting to be back into baseball.

Before today’s game could be played, countless hours were put in by some of my coworkers and Grounds crews clearing the stadium and field of snow that fell on Thursday and Friday (To see this progress, check out the Athletic Director’s Instagram). They did an amazing job getting the field ready for today’s game. Baseball is actually a relatively easy sport for the Athletic Facilities department. All we need to do for these games is put out some white rocking chairs, put umbrellas up on patio tables. Also, we clean up the stands of trash post-game and periodically use leaf blowers to get rid of the hundreds of sunflower seeds that are eaten during games. Here are just a few pictures I snapped during today’s game.

And here is a look at what the Jerry Falwell Library looked like in the snowfall back on Saturday.

The Jerry Falwell Library is pictured covered in snow after two days of snowfall that accumulated 10 inches on Liberty's campus.
The Jerry Falwell Library is pictured covered in snow after two days of snowfall that accumulated 10 inches on Liberty’s campus.

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My Job

While at school, I work for the Athletic Facilities department. While many people mistake this department as being the people who clean the bathrooms and such, that is not the case. Below you can see a time-lapse of what a typical basketball game day set up looks like.

While this video does not show everything we do, it gives a little taste for the amount of work that goes into preparing the floor for a basketball game. The Athletic Facilities Crew does things like keeping the court(s) clean, moving the basketball hoops on and off the court (there is convocation in the same facility every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), setting up and plugging in all the tables around the court, putting up the benches, rolling out the red carpet (hidden from view by the tunnel we set up), setting up the scoreboard, and doing fun things like using flame effects and smoke machines. During the actual contest we can be pretty laid back. A couple of us will sweat mop during the game to make sure the floor stays dry so players do not slip and injure themselves, one does the flames and the others basically are on standby in case anything needs to be fixed–like if a player runs into the tables and pushes them apart.

I hope to be able to capture time lapses of our set-ups for other sports throughout the next year and I will share them here when I do! Also, watch my girlfriend’s blog for pictures she took of me at work the other day.

 

Update: Here’s a link to the pictures mentioned above.