A Red Letter Day – 2014 Summer Recap

09/20/2014 - workout progress. 248 lbs. 289 on 04/20/2014. 5 months today... How my world has changed. All glory goes to God. How he's provided for me since then.

09/20/2014 – workout progress. 248 lbs. 289 on 04/20/2014. 5 months today…
How my world has changed. All glory goes to God. How he’s provided for me since then.

Five months ago, today, God decided to change my life. I spent months fighting what needed to happen. Months fighting his will. Finally realizing just how much he was protecting me, putting a protective hedge over me, keeping the things holding me back and taking advantage of me at bay. Finally giving me the courage to let go when I should have listened to him years ago.

09/16/2014 - Seattle

09/16/2014 – Seattle

Since then, the blessings and opportunities he’s provided me, personally, professionally, and spiritually have been boundless.

I was able to spend the entire 4th of July week with Sebastian. For him, he’s loving going EVERYWHERE in the s2000. He’s at such a fun age where we’re starting to have more serious conversations about everything from science, to these things called “girls”… That one caught me off guard… I was like… “What could a 9 year old even remotely have to ask about girls?”

I can’t wait for the next few years with him!

Just a great time to bond and get some of our own bucket list items off. The entire extended family got together for our local Summer Festival. I still believe Glendale Heights has one of the best suburban firework displays!

Also, I took advantage of the opportunity to photograph one of my favorite local bands (7th Heaven).

Keith Semple - 7th Heaven - Glendale Heights Summer Fest 2014

Keith Semple – 7th Heaven – Glendale Heights Summer Fest 2014

It was actually cool to have the lead singer of the band take one of my pics and rock it as his own Facebook profile pic for a while!

I spent several months this summer attending a class for people exploring their faith through my church. Alpha, as it’s called really gives you the opportunity to ask the hard questions.. to really just unload and vent your frustration on where or how you feel faith has failed you. Plus the companionship and friendships you forge are invaluable. I’m truly grateful for the people I’ve met, who’ve heard my story, and offered perspective to the abuse and wounds I’ve had to endure.

_31F2982We even had a special guest. Erich Muller (Yes… Mancow Muller) attended Alpha with me. Very cool to see him participate in the process for several months.

Hanging with Erich (Mancow) Muller.

Hanging with Erich (Mancow) Muller.

_31F3029We had the largest Vertical Endeavors open up about a ¼ mile from my house. So when they had free rock climbing all day long, the kids were ALL over it! Was great seeing them get past their own fears and finally conquer several walls. I couldn’t be prouder of my kids! Was a great time also going with a very good friend (Cody) who was coaching and helping the kids. Cody is a VERY accomplished rock climber.

_31F3032Long overdue for me, after that, was a much needed week away to just screw my own head on straight. So special thanks to some co-workers of mine who have a place in central Wisconsin away from it all! Was much needed, and I took advantage of that time to really do some soul searching on the next chapter in my life.

One thing is for sure. No one will ever take advantage of my own kindness and generosity ever again.

Summer road trip - 2014

Summer road trip – 2014


Finally, got to celebrate Sebastian’s first double digit birthday, and my Godson Diego’s last single digit birthday with my family! Such a wonderful family!
Sebastian at his 10th birthday - 2014

Sebastian at his 10th birthday – 2014

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I can’t wait to see who or what God has planned for me in this next chapter of my life.

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Today, is my Red Letter Day.

“So what is Jousting?”

My minion wanted to know what "Jousting" was... I had the perfect answer!

My minion wanted to know what “Jousting” was… I had the perfect answer!

..The question I got from my son when he was wondering what they did at Medieval Times.

I started trying to explain it to him and instead had a wonderful epiphany. I said.. “I have a GREAT way to show you!”

Since I was a kid I’d gone with friends to the Renaissance Faire in Bristol Wisconsin. It certainly hasn’t changed. The King and Queen still set the stage first thing in the morning, there are still the guys performing in the “Mud Show”, and there are still thousands of “extras” who just show up in their own re-enactment garb, weapons and all.

_31F2573Was a lot of fun actually, because Sebastian got himself into some of the shows going on.

It’s really too bad that the weather wasn’t holding on too well up there, because we were having a ton of fun and left in the early afternoon. But he was sold. Loved the weapons, loved getting his own wooden sword and shield, and of course, loved the atmosphere, food, and good times playing and getting to know some of the other kids we’d meet.

Was a great time! Though, at this point I think I just committed myself to a birthday party at Medieval Times… :( That’s going to be an expensive net result to a little field trip.

_31F2543http://tinyurl.com/mfglhcb <-Full sized pics are always available in my galleries. You can always access them via the link

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Accertify/AMEX: Free lunch courtesy of Managed Services!

Burgers, Dogs, Sausages, and all the trimmin's!

Burgers, Dogs, Sausages, and all the trimmin’s!

It’s always great to do a good job! Gives you a sense of well doing when you finally lay down at night!

It’s even better when one of the teams you support heavily says “Come on over!! We want to make lunch for you!”.

Mark, the VP of Managed Services personally manned the grills outside on a 95F day and cooked for not only us, but his own team to give us all a time to catch up and gel.

Thanks Mark! Great time as always!

http://gallery.projectwrx.com/6208923 <-- Full gallery can be found here!

Hanging with our Managed Service teams!  They were nice enough to throw a "Thank you!" lunch for the Client Service team!

Hanging with our Managed Service teams! They were nice enough to throw a “Thank you!” lunch for the Client Service team!

!!!Evil Al!!!

!!!Evil Al!!!

Accertify/AMEX attending the 2013 JP Morgan Chase – Corporate Challenge

My man, Ian, bringing it home!

My man, Ian, bringing it home!

What do you get when you get thousands and thousands and thousands of people coming out on a very unbecoming <50F May day?

A 3.5 mile run to warm up, with a great time afterwards!
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I was fortunate enough to be asked to head down and take pictures, showing how Accertify/AMEX represents amongst their peers.

Great representation from Chicago’s large corporate presence. United, and Motorola are just two that come to mind.

Overall, great time though! It was a great networking opportunity for those of us on the Accertify Island to take a peek outside, and meet our peers!

http://gallery.projectwrx.com/6077211 <-- As always, the full photo gallery is located online.

Everyone from the local AMEX offices, as well as the dozens of people from Accertify who attended the event!

Everyone from the local AMEX offices, as well as the dozens of people from Accertify who attended the event!

Work day to Chicago Indoor Racing

Editing a small video for our day at CIR.

Editing a small video for our day at CIR.

We have an awesome concept on building family and team building! We got to spend the day at Chicago Indoor Racing doing all the events.

One of our Operations Managers had some GoPros on the Karts.

http://gallery.projectwrx.com/6042882 <– Here’s a small video of the footage.

2nd Annual “Take your Crumb Crusher to Work” day!

Sebastian:  My Junior Fraud Fighter!

Sebastian: My Junior Fraud Fighter!

Always a great time!!

I’m on the event committee for work, so we learned a lot about the format for this years event. Last year was probably a bit too long for the 7-14 year range we opened this up for. Consequently, things went much smoother this year! :)

We are a fraud company. We work with private organizations, corporations, and law enforcement to stop fraudsters, fraud rings, and save the economy and companies billions of dollars a week!

What we do, summed up so well!

What we do, summed up so well!

It’s a no brainer, when our kids are so connected at such a young age, that we’d focus on their safety. We especially focused on instilling into them “best practices” on how to use the internet, and what companies like ours do to protect them, etc.

Breakfast and Lunch were served, we had another appearance by the Accertify Fraud Fighter, our kids got to spend time with us shadowing our day to day, and we had several craft and educational workshops allowing their imaginations to reflect and answer on what we do.

Great times, and fond memories!

http://gallery.projectwrx.com/6038023 <-- Pics can be found here!

A quiz on Internet Safety and Fraud.

A quiz on Internet Safety and Fraud.

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The BBS is up!

Check out the new page for Shadow Project BBS.

Sort of a trip down memory lane for me!

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I had originally allowed it so anyone can create an account and post. I honestly just got tired of shutting down the bot accounts trying to post spam on my site.

So… :)

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Shoot me an email if you want access, and I’ll be happy to create your account for you!

Hope everyone’s having a Happy New Year!

Pardon my dust!

A small work in progress.  So I’m sure I’ll post up some more on my doings and exploits!