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"Our Nightly Ritual"
Day 7 of my #LuvingMyWorld series

I always said I would never be one of those parents that spends stupid amounts of money on sports and is at the fields 6 nights a week for 3 hrs and for the most part I'm not. We've managed to manage it well but I really do love watching my daughter play. She's played some sort of sport every year since she was 4 which is the opposite of how i was growing up. I've never been a sports guy. It doesn't interest me. I don't get invested. To me its a waste of my time.... except when it comes to my kids.

I cherish these nights now. I used to complain about them but the closer we get to high school the more I know I am going to miss them. I miss the evening air, the lights at night and the trip home, just me and her talking about her day. Her struggles, her friends. I enjoy for just those few hours being able to put everything else aside and just relax and then to enjoy her company on the way home. I worry that someday soon she'll grow bored of these times so everyday I try to enjoy it.

Tonight is one of those nights.


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You can participate in the movement too. Simply take a photo everyday of something in your world that excites you, moves you, or simply generates some sort of emotion. Then Post your image and explain why you took it. Be sure and use the hashtag #LuvingMyWorld. Its a great way to help appreciate your world around you, here and now.
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"Cowboys"
Day 6 of my #LuvingMyWorld Series

This sculpture used to reside on my grandfathers desk when I was growing up. Some of the older cousins may remember it. I remember it very well. I always thought it was an interesting piece, a couple of cowboys sitting around a campfire all made out of bits of wire, nuts, bolts, and washers. My wife calls me a hoarder for keeping such things. To me its a memory. Its a reminder of my grandfather, a man I loved deeply. A man I sought advice from often, a man I trusted with all my heart, a man I respected and admired. I keep this piece of art in my office as a small way to honor him and what he meant to me. Anyone who sees it wouldn't know its significance but when I see it I am immediately transported back to my childhood and thoughts of my grandfather. My grandfather was a strong influence in the man I am today and the man I want to be tomorrow. He was my role model, my mentor, and my friend.

I love and miss you dearly Granddad.

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You can participate in the movement too. Simply take a photo everyday of something in your world that excites you, moves you, or simply generates some sort of emotion. Then Post your image and explain why you took it. Be sure and use the hashtag #LuvingMyWorld. Its a great way to help appreciate your world around you, here and now.
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"Bonding Time"
Part 4 of my #LuvingMyWorld series.

One of the things I always struggled with growing up was connecting with my Dad. Even today I have a hard time sometimes. We have different interests, he's more of a hands on, mechanical, get your hand greasy dirty kind of person. I'm more techy, enjoy my electronics and am always looking forward to new technology. He still has a flip phone and detests upgrading to give you an idea. Growing up my brother was always the one to connect better with him as they had similar interests. I always joke with my mom that its because he got to use a drill first even though I was older (a sore subject even now 30 yrs later).

I remember asking my Dad once to play Nintendo with me but he wouldn't have it. It just didn't interest him. He didn't grow up with games and it just wasn't his world. My son and I share the same likes and passions. I play video games with him a lot and it makes me very happy. We bond really well during these times and it makes me think that this small thing is helping laying the groundwork for a lifetime strong relationship. I'm happy that we have the same interests. I look forward to getting my butt kicked by him all the time. It brings such a smile to his face. While I don't regret that me and my Dad never played video games I know he loved me just the same.

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You can participate in the movement too. Simply take a photo everyday of something in your world that excites you, moves you, or simply generates some sort of emotion. Then Post your image and explain why you took it. Be sure and use the hashtag #LuvingMyWorld. Its a great way to help appreciate your world around you, here and now.
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"Weekly Reset"

Part 3 of my #LuvingMyWorld series

Last May I did something for myself that forever changed my life. I went on an ACTS Retreat and met some of the most spiritual brothers in Christ I have ever met. These men have changed my life just like the retreat did. The world around you though doesn't change just because you went to retreat so you need a support system, something to help get your mind and spirit back in alignment as time goes on and the world starts to creep back into your life. You need a reset.

Our weekly Men's ACTS Adoration on Saturday mornings does that just for me. These fantastic men of God come together once a wee, early on Saturday mornings for fellowship and prayer. Its a beautiful thing to be a part of and I feel truly blessed to have found them.

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You can participate in the movement too. Simply take a photo everyday of something in your world that excites you, moves you, or simply generates some sort of emotion. Then Post your image and explain why you took it. Be sure and use the hashtag #LuvingMyWorld. Its a great way to help appreciate your world around you, here and now. 
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September 29th, 2001
Nearly 14 yrs ago
18 days after the WTC attacks

That was the first day that I put this ring on my finger. Since then I have worn it nearly every single day of my life. I take it for granted sometimes, its meaning. Its my own fault. Life happens. You get comfortable and complacent and you forget to stop and appreciate what God himself helped layout for you. You sometimes take for granted what that tiny endless circle means. That there is another tiny endless circle out there in the world too meant just for you and together they form an unbreakable bond with the help of Gods love.

Its not new anymore. It has dings and scratches, much like the bond it is meant to symbolize. And just like that bond, despite the dings and scratches it is still strong and endless. It has stood up to what life has thrown at it and survived. It has been dropped, knocked, hit, caressed and loved and through it all it has kept its color, kept its shine. It has conquered all.

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I've made it a point recently to stop and appreciate my life and what is around me more often. One of the ways I want to do that is for everyday to simply take 1 photo of something that touches me in some way, means something to me or simply draws an emotion. Even though I'm a photographer I think this will be a hard task as I'm not one to just whip out my camera every 5 seconds. I'm doing this for a few reasons. I need to learn to love me for me. I need to appreciate my world now instead of what I hope it will be. I don't do selfies well (don't know if that's a good or bad thing). I've been terrible about taking my owns kids pictures recently, and lately when I ask myself if I should bring my camera my answer has been no. I hope you'll indulge me on this little journey of sharing I'm pretty excited about it and hope you'll enjoy it too. I call this one 'The Cross In My Pocket' The Cross In My Pocket prayer has always been one of my favorite prayers since I was a child. I was always one of the bigger kids in class so for some reason I always had a fascination with smaller things. There's just something about a tiny wooden cross in your pocket. Knowing its there to remind you when you need it that life is good, life will get better, life wont always be like this whether good or bad, you've been through worse, it just doesn't get much better than this, and to stay strong.... You Got This. #RobsMoments #RobHillisPhoto
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