This is not good. The guy sitting in front of me in Starbucks is watching Napoleon Dynamite on his computer and I can't help but glance over at his screen every 3 seconds and snicker. My studying is going complely downhill... I better move.
Thanks EatChicago.net for the great link to www.silapaahaan.com, a website featuring Thai cuisine from all over Chicago. Silapaahaan.com has some great pictures of Thai food and .pdf files of various Thai restaurant menus from all over the city.
Well, as you've seen, it's OFFICIAL. David Wegley is the winner of the blog banner contest!
The moment I saw his design I loved it! I felt like it captures the "feel" of my blog - especially with the caffeine implications (as I'm blogging this from Starbucks...) I especially loved the tagline that David came up with: "Life. Leadership. Lattes."
Thanks David! Great job!
If you get a chance, go check out David's blog here. Dave is a techie and loves graphic and video design. Keep up the great work David!
And to all of you who created banners................YOU GUYS ROCK! Such creativity out there! I might even use some of the others in the future. THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!
Here it is. The “new” and improved blog. Formerly known as Weebleland, now known simply as, “scotthodge.org.” Pretty simple, ‘eh?
Why the change? Good question.
It seems like change has been the keyword for our lives these past few years. Most of the change has turned out good. Some of it has been painful. And all of it has changed US in one way or another.
I started blogging just a little under three years ago. At the time, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into, but it seemed like a healthy outlet to vent, share my opinions and keep my friends up to date on our lives. (It’s hard to keep up with the Hodge’s you know…)
When my blogging adventure began, we had just moved to Chicago from Tulsa, Oklahoma where I had a very (hmmmm….what’s a good word to describe this?) character building experience. (Wow! I deserve a gold medal for that one!)
After leaving Tulsa, Amanda and I decided to move here to Chicago to work alongside my dad as he ventured into the land of church transition. I’m not sure that we knew what we were getting ourselves into, but it seemed right and we were up for a good challenge. (I don’t need tattoos – instead, I’ll show you my scars and bruises…) Church transition isn’t easy. It’s messy. And it costs a LOT.
So here we are, three years later… As most of you know, my dad passed away very suddenly this past October 12th while at home. He was 60 years old and FULL of life. This rocked our world (but not God’s.)
Just a few weeks ago, I accepted the position of Lead Pastor of the church that he pastored for 27 years. Everyday I wake up and pinch myself to try and figure out if this has really happened.
It’s all rather bittersweet. Mostly sweet, but still a tad bitter. I miss my dad more than I can even describe in words. Hardly an hour goes by that I don’t think about him and desire one more hug or one more breakfast meeting dreaming about changing the world.
But there’s so much to be thankful for. And we are. Just 24 months ago, we weren’t sure if the church was going to pull through the difficult challenges of transition. And now, Easter 2005, we watched over 900 people walk through our church doors to experience The Orchard. Over 120 volunteers were hard at work behind the scenes helping to create an environment where people are welcomed, loved and touched.
Great job guys.
What does all of this have to do with blogging?
I have no clue.
But somewhere in all of this is a story. And somehow, as a part of this story, this new blog has emerged.
That's it I guess.
(I think this is probably the most A.D.D. post I’ve ever written.)