Linky Wednesday 06.22.16

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I wonder if i could make one of these for my car?:)I like seeing new inventions.  Why do they keep the cap on?

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Best headphones under $10?  Bought these headphones since Karl got ahold of my other pair.  Cheap, but not cheap sounding.

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Did you see the new linky wednesday graphic I made.  Let me know what you think.  I used CAVNA.com  which is a pretty amazing FREE online tool for making graphics with text.  Bryan Switalski from Swissco.us told me about it.

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Canva also ran this blog about composition.  I originally saw Joesph Avakian post it.

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A Different Take on Reaching Millennials – Carey Nieuwhof http://bit.ly/28O5RSS

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7 Warning Signs Your Heart is Growing Hard in Leadership – Carey Nieuwhof http://bit.ly/28O5YO1

 

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Day After Fathers Day Thoughts

Good dad

I’m not a father, but I have a father.

Yesterday I pondered how I could honor my dad and I ended up writing this on facebook.

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As the day went on I thought about the characteristics of a good dad and this thought came to mind.

Good dads are not born.  Good dads are forged through daily choice of selflessness.  (Read: opposite of selfishness) And the conscious choice to pursue their children.

I recently saw a video of a friend dancing with his daughter at a father daughter ball.  I know this guy, and I know that he LOVES his daughter, and I know that under no other circumstance would he dance.  But for his daughter he would.

I don’t know if it’s the older I get the more selfish I become, or if it’s my self awareness that is growing, but I have the capacity to be real selfish.  And it gets more and more apparent that I have to make conscious choices to to not live that way.

I don’t like dancing either.  Probably because I’m self conscious.  I don’t like doing things I’m not good at.  I don’t like making a spectacle of myself.  But if it mattered to my child, would I make the sacrifice to do something that I deemed foolish or outside of my comfort zone for them?

I talked with a friend recently about his relationship with his dad.  He said that he and his dad got along great until about middle school.  And thats when my friend got interested in sports, his dad wasn’t interested and they stopped connecting.

Good dads make a choice to pursue their children.

We have to make sacrifices to connect.  It’s pride and fear that stands in the way. If I don’t know about something my child is interested in will I take the time and energy to learn it along side of them?

I feel like mothering comes more naturally to women.  I’m not so sure that fathering is natural to men.

Everyone instinctively knows the characteristics of a good dad.  But I’m not sure that everyone could point to a man with those characteristics.

I wrote about how my dad chose to give me the nicer cars growing up.  That’s a selfless act.  I don’t even know why he did that, it doesn’t make sense.

My dad lost his job when I was 4 and went to work for mcdonalds.  At four years old you don’t know any different.  Now in hindsight, that had to have been a serious blow to his pride, but he did what had to be done.

I’ve written about this before but on my 18th birthday my parents took me to TGIFridays for a birthday meal.  My dad looked across the table and asked me what I wanted to do with my life.  I told him I wanted to be a rock star and he responded “lets make it happen.”

He allowed and encouraged me to pursue that path.  A sacrifice.  My dad was the first person in his family to get a college education.  And none of his children did.  The pursuit of rock star didn’t last to long, but led me to another non traditional “career.”  A missionary.

It seems a lot of men have big dreams for their kids.  Big dreams that might not actually their kids dreams.  My dad championed me in mine, and he still does today.

The pursuit part is the hard part.  Connecting.

Whenever my dad and I see one another we spend time just the two of us going on a walk and talking.  Sometimes I iniaite the hey lets go for walk, and sometimes he does.

Maybe that’s our role as adult children.  Whether your dad pursued you or not, you can now pursue relationship with him.  What do we need to sacrifice to find ways to connect with our parents?

The last thing about dads thats coming to mind as I write this is them as a protector.  I remember one summer being elementary school age at a public pool.  A kid I didn’t know decided he was going to pick on me, he was climbing on me and rough housing.  I was doing my best to hold my own but this kid had the upper hand.  Then out of no where my dad is standing on the side of the pool yelling at this kid.  Dads are our protectors too.

I’m not a dad yet, but not much changes without self assessment and tangible goals.  Here are some questions we can ask ourselves.

Am I living selflessly towards my family?

How can I better live more selflessly towards my family?

Am I pursing my wife and children?

How can I better pursue my wife and children?

Am I protecting my family?

How can I better protect my family?

I appreciate that my dad choses to live selflessly, and still pursues me today.  I look forward to our next walk dad. :)

Thoughts? Share em in the comments.

Russ BakerJune 20, 2016 - 6:59 am

I am humbled by your affirmations. Love you, son

Russ BakerJune 20, 2016 - 7:03 am

I am humbled by your affirmations. Love you, son

Russ BakerJune 20, 2016 - 7:05 am

I am humbled by your affirmations. Love you, son

Russ BakerJune 20, 2016 - 2:05 pm

I am humbled by your affirmations. Love you, son

Russ BakerJune 20, 2016 - 2:07 pm

I am humbled by your affirmations. Love you, son

Russ BakerJune 20, 2016 - 2:07 pm

I am humbled by your affirmations. Love you, son

Linky Wednesday 06.01.16

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Woah!  It’s JUNE!  Is it starting to heat up in your area?  It’s a beautiful morning here in the mid 60’s.  It will heat up quick though.

My friend Clayton who I recently met and got to know better through our Bible Study posted this video and I find this music quite amazing. Check it out.

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I got my library card! Cause FREE BOOKS! This book is huge but so far I’m enjoying it, I just finished up the Smithsonian’s documentary on WWII on Netflix so it feels good to already be in the context of this story.  Click on the photo above to see the book on Amazon.

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In other news on memorial day Jess and I cooked up some burgers.  I really love burgers but have struggled to make a homemade burger that was awesome.

I crowdsourced burger recipes on facebook and my amazing home chef friends came out with tons of great ideas.

We tried 3 different burger recipes at lunch, making a burger each and splitting them.
1. garlic powder, onion powder, fish sauce, salt and pepper
2. montreal seasoning
3. onion soup mix and a splash of milk

I heated up my cast iron in the stove up to 500 then put it on high and seared each side for about a minute, then threw it in the oven for a couple of minutes. The results… (besides my smoke alarm going off?)

1. This burger reminded me of how i grew up eating burgers, my dad always seasoned with garlic salt and lawrys. good flavor.
2. The least desirable. I love my steak with just montreal and cooked in this manner but it didn’t make for a good burger.
3. The best. The most flavor and the the best texture (slightly less crumbly)

So for dinner we made the #3 burgers.  I put honey bbq sauce on the burger, followed by diced red onion, jalapeño and shredded dubliner cheese.  The bottom of the pretzel bun got a slice of tomato after I took the photo.  A fried egg and bacon and mayo on the top bun.  Delicious.

Jess had artichoke hearts, mushrooms, goat cheese, and tomato on hers.

Fun and delicious.

If you’re looking for a cool food documentary check out COOKED on Netflix.  Thanks to my buddy Eddie for the recommendation on that.

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Would You Consider Helping Us Out On Our Trip To The Philippines?

If you want to know more about our upcoming trip click here.

If you’d like to help out with any of the needs/wants we’ve listed in the video above you can donate online with the link below.  All giving is tax deductible.




OR if you’d prefer to write a check, you can write the check to “The Bakers Ministry”
And send it to:

The Bakers Ministry
c / o Jim and Jess Baker
PO Box 3441
Clarksville TN 37043

Thank you so much!

Jim and Jess:) 

Linky Wednesday 05.04.16

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Sorry for the lack of blog posts. Spring is BEAUTIFUL in Tennessee and with a dog and a new home I’d much rather be outside than sitting on my computer writing. But nonetheless here’s a new linky Wednesday:)

Have I posted a video of this guy before? He’s crazy, but I feel like I learn things every time I watch his videos. I watched it at 1.5 speed since its an hour long.  I’ve seen one other of his videos and he does things that I would have never thought of that make a lot of sense.

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I recently discovered reddit.com  I’ve seen it a bunch of times and never really understood it.  But I finally made an account and am really enjoying it.

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This dog harness is called the gentle leader.  A few people had recommended it to us so we decided since Karl is about 50 lbs now that we needed to stop him from pulling when walking.  This thing is a miracle worker.  Totally worth it if you’re having trouble walking your dog.  The front part goes around the dogs snout, and the back part goes around his neck and back of his head so when he pulls his head gets pulled as well which the dog doesn’t like thus keeping him walking like a good boy:)

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Other tidbits… Karl went on his first camping trip last weekend.  He did great.  We discovered anything below 60 degrees at night is cold.  It doesn’t seem like it would be, but it is, pack out a good sleeping bag.  Karl always brings his sleeping bag with him (fur) but my friend Mark who only brought a fleece was cold.

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The Bakers Favorite New Game

If you’ve spent any time with us you know we enjoy games.

Matt and Lisa Stanton introduced us to Catan in 2010 and since then that has been our go to game with friends.

We’ve tried other games along the way that were fun, like munchkin, dominion, and bang.

But Catan still was our go to game.  Until…

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I was looking at the top posts of all time on reddit and came across this youtube video of people playing it.

 

The game is played by one person having the bomb which is on the computer and the other player(s) have the bomb manual.  The two (or more) have to communicate to disarm the various modules.

It’s a ton of fun and each round is only around 5 minutes.  It can be nerve wracking working against the clock if you’re playing with someone who is really into it.

I enjoy showing new people the game and throwing them into it without any help to see how they handle the stress and problem solving of the game.

Jess and I decided that this will be a go to for any more pre-marital counseling we do for couples.  :)

The game is $15 and I’d say it’s totally worth it!  http://www.keeptalkinggame.com

Whats your favorite game?  Let us know in the comments.

Colleen CookApril 12, 2016 - 7:27 am

Excited to play with you guys!

Colleen CookApril 12, 2016 - 5:27 pm

Excited to play with you guys!

Colleen CookApril 13, 2016 - 8:46 am

Excited to play with you guys!

Don’t Offer If You Don’t Plan On Responding

I’ve recently contacted a couple of companies via e-mail. And guess what? I’ve gotten no response.

Unresponsiveness is a personal PET PEEVE. Along with companies who only unlock one of the two side by side doors. If there’s TWO DOORS they should both be operational! [/rant]

If you are a business owner and do not plan on responding to e-mails don’t put your e-mail address on your business card or website. Do not have a fancy contact form if no one is checking those messages and responding.

I strongly dislike talking on the phone. So that’s why I’ve never listed my phone number on my business cards. Will I lose some business because some people would much prefer to pick up the phone? Yes. But I maintain my peace by drawing boundaries.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

Nichole RollerMarch 23, 2016 - 5:02 am

I used email A LOT when I first got into business. I have come to find out my business has exploded now with picking up the phone to talk to people. As for being on the recipient end of no response, I cannot stand calling someone and getting an automated system that will not get me to a real person.

Nichole RollerMarch 23, 2016 - 5:05 am

I used email A LOT when I first got into business. I have come to find out my business has exploded now with picking up the phone to talk to people. As for being on the recipient end of no response, I cannot stand calling someone and getting an automated system that will not get me to a real person.

Nichole RollerMarch 23, 2016 - 3:02 pm

I used email A LOT when I first got into business. I have come to find out my business has exploded now with picking up the phone to talk to people. As for being on the recipient end of no response, I cannot stand calling someone and getting an automated system that will not get me to a real person.

March 2016 Update

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!

We are now residents of Clarksville TN.  I’ll have to give you a tour soon.  My parents visited from South Carolina and were our first overnight guests.

Want to hear the story of how it happened?  Sign up for our e-mail ministry updates if you aren’t already and hear the whole amazing story.

Want our new mailing address?  Shoot us an e-mail and we’d be glad to give it to you.

Sorry this isn’t a video update, my ipod touch died the night we moved:(

Here’s a photo of my parents visit and Jess and me and Karl.

– Jim and Jess (and Karl)

 

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Jennifer SimpsonMarch 21, 2016 - 6:31 am

Yay yay I’ve been wanting for this !!!! And I’ll be waiting even more patiently for more pics and video !!! Congrats love u both bunches

Jeanne Bull JohnsonMarch 21, 2016 - 7:24 am

How wonderful. God is so good!

Jeanne Bull JohnsonMarch 21, 2016 - 7:44 am

How wonderful. God is so good!

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 8:01 am

you all look so wonderful!

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 9:40 am

you all look so wonderful!

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 10:33 am

you all look so wonderful!

JuliaMarch 21, 2016 - 12:27 pm

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH CONGRATS!!! This is exciting news! I have to say, I think I keep falling for the this-may-be-the-BIG-BABY news email updates. lol miss you guys!

Jennifer SimpsonMarch 21, 2016 - 4:31 pm

Yay yay I’ve been wanting for this !!!! And I’ll be waiting even more patiently for more pics and video !!! Congrats love u both bunches

Jeanne Bull JohnsonMarch 21, 2016 - 5:24 pm

How wonderful. God is so good!

Cheryl BakerMarch 21, 2016 - 5:44 pm

It was exciting to see your home and share the joy with you both. Sorry Karl you too!!!!!! Again congrats and God Bless :) Love you both ♡

Gail D GrundstromMarch 21, 2016 - 6:01 pm

you all look so wonderful!

Judie McBrideMarch 21, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Rejoice!! Congratulations and continued blessings! Love the picture!!

Joan NewhallMarch 21, 2016 - 8:33 pm

Congratulations. Can’t wait for the tour. Love you both. ( don’t know Karl but hugs to him too.)

Gail D GrundstromMarch 23, 2016 - 7:51 am

you all look so wonderful!

Linky Wednesday 02.17.16

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My friend Nate has been making videos about his time in Korea. I loved how this video took a normal every day occurrence and visually told a beautiful story.

Nate is using this sony point and shoot camera and imovie.  I wish I had some video skills.

 

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I had the privilege of leading Kaylia’s local outreach to Waikiki every week. Now she is in Greece with a team working with Syrian refugees. Check out this informative blog post about what they are doing on the ground. –> answers to your questions http://bit.ly/1Sy7V4C

 

This pretty much sums up the Missionary lifestyle that Jess and I have led.  –> The Little Blue Suitcase: Obedience is Easy, but Uprooting is Not http://bit.ly/1PQvhNb

 

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The rebranding process is going amazingly.  Working with Bryan from www.swissco.us is a JOY and I highly recommend their team.  Click on the link above to see the progress of the site, and comment and tell us what you think of the new logo.

Here’s a tip when hiring a web designer: Hire someone that has a real eye for design. they will be able to tell you if you are communicating visually what you really want to be communicating.

 

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The Bakers Update! – February 2016

IMG_7477.MOV from Jim and Jess Baker on Vimeo.

You won’t believe what we announce at 1:36:)

Alisa NakamotoFebruary 11, 2016 - 10:43 am

I love Carl…so cute BUT that means you not plann Ing to Hawaii…SOB SOB

Alisa NakamotoFebruary 11, 2016 - 10:45 am

I love Carl…so cute BUT that means you not plann Ing to Hawaii…SOB SOB

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:10 am

Loved the update love and miss u both

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:22 am

Loved the update love and miss u both

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:57 am

Loved the update love and miss u both

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 2:20 pm

Loved the update love and miss u both

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 5:46 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 5:54 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

JuliaFebruary 11, 2016 - 11:27 am

Gaaaahhhhh, I totally thought it was a baby announcement. Anyways, love you guys and hope to see you in the summer!!!

Blake WillseyFebruary 11, 2016 - 10:05 pm

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

SueFebruary 11, 2016 - 2:17 pm

Awww!!! (Actually I thought you were gonna tell us Jess was expecting!). Carl is adorable! Love you and miss you

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:49 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:49 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:50 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:50 am

He’s so fluffy!

Alisa NakamotoFebruary 11, 2016 - 8:43 pm

I love Carl…so cute BUT that means you not plann Ing to Hawaii…SOB SOB

Jennifer SimpsonFebruary 11, 2016 - 9:10 pm

Loved the update love and miss u both

Stefanie WeissFebruary 11, 2016 - 9:57 pm

I love the puppy! enjoy this special time when he is a baby. It’s a great time. Did i told you that I gave my puppy a hawaiian name? Neyla is now 4 year so old, but still my Baby; -).

Blake WillseyFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:46 am

Carl…an obvious choice for a dog. You tricked us there Bakers.

Joan NewhallFebruary 12, 2016 - 3:54 am

Karl is beautiful! Looks like a lot of grooming ahead.

Erin KleopaFebruary 12, 2016 - 4:01 am

He is going to be a BIIIIIIG DOOOOOOOGGG!!!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 12, 2016 - 8:05 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:34 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 13, 2016 - 3:37 am

He’s so fluffy!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 13, 2016 - 5:40 am

He’s so fluffy!

Jessica OliviaFebruary 13, 2016 - 1:34 pm

Carl is adorable!!

Joanne MasuiFebruary 15, 2016 - 7:21 am

He’s so fluffy!