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Top 7 = Thankful

top 7 Nov 28, 2022

Here’s my Top 7 from last week…


Fitness = Thanksgiving run

One of my favorite things to do on holidays… is go for a long, easy run.

I don’t know why— it’s just something I’ve done for a while.

I think there’s something about the non-schedule of the day, the Fall leaves, the lack of traffic…


Finance = maintenance is cheaper

EmJ reached out to Beth this Wednesday: “I went to put air in one of my tires, but it was balding… and bulging. So I looked at the others. They’re all like that!”

I know what you’re thinking… it didn’t happen overnight!


She asked about tires for Christmas instead of whatever else she would have gotten, so we obliged.

And, we obliged THAT DAY.

I made a few calls, found the right size (that was another lesson for the gal-driver— sizing tires), and then sent her to the Walmart Tire Center.

Here we are…

And, note that EmJ expresses her entire worldview on her car, a Prius. 

Please, no tailgating, either…



Family = the fam, in HSV

This week, Matthew asked Carly (his daughter / my niece), “Hey, grab a pic of me and Andrew and Mandy and Mom and Dad.”

It’s the first pic the five of us, the “original” Jenkins, have snapped in… DECADES.


Field = Three projects, update

This week, I hit a few milestones on several projects:


First, I finished the read-through (audiobooks) for the “Tiny Transformation” books…

A few months ago, my friend Kent Mattox launched his newest book, Transformation. Beth and I— and our business— were able to help with this project.

(Biz info = go to )

The “Amplify” project I referenced above (under Finance) outlines how to take your message and place into one platform (i.e., as a book, a course, a podcast, etc.) AND THEN turn around and broadcast it through other means.

We figured we could practice one of those techniques with the Transformation workbook, rebooting the content (and expanding it) into smaller books… as well as audiobooks.

Each went “live” this week— at



Second, I met with a legit rabbi about a completely new project.

Can’t let the cat out of the bag on it yet, but once we start cranking away at it, I’ll post and share.

Here are a few of the exciting points about it:

πŸ‘‰ Messianic rabbi, so I’ll get to walk with him through the Bible with a completely new lenses (but one that’s not unfamiliar, due to some other recent projects)

πŸ‘‰ New podcast

πŸ‘‰ This guy has fantastic content— and reminds me of Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poets’ Society



Third, Disentangled has been uploaded to print…

This week, Bob and I met for a few hours, tweaked a few graphics, massaged some of the language, and corrected SEVERAL typos. The result = an even better book that’s ready to blast off soon.

If you’re just now logging on, Disentangled is a book for warriors— and helps veterans:

βœ… Explore the concepts of what a warrior is (we found common traits through ALL of history, all the way from ancient times to the modern oaths our military takes even now)

βœ… Understand the cost(s) of serving. Many veterans know what they’ve experienced, but haven’t quite put it in language. Once we do that, we can move forward…

We then talk about two of the emotional / mental / spiritual costs of serving—

βœ… PTSD

βœ… Moral Injury

Then, we find a way forward… as we build-out two chapters on faith.


Faith = More about Thanksgiving

Of course, we ate Thanksgiving lunch. And, even before that we all went around the room and talked about what we were thankful / are thankful for.

When it came to Beth’s turn, she mentioned the relationships and the kids and how so many things have been broken over the past few years but how the Lord has restored so much more in so many unforeseen ways.

Some of those things, I won’t write about… now. I’ll tuck them in my heart and hold them, as I process through them, pondering the truths of Romans 8:28f., that all things truly do work together…


Friends = well, was the setons for family... 



Fun = Watch the game, after you find it... 

Thursday night, we decided to watch the Ole Miss / Mississippi State game— a match that’s always, well… marked my something spectacularly off the wall. This year, with the botched “inadvertent whistle” that ALMOST changed the trajectory of the game (if you know, you know— if not, no worries), the game lived up to its legend.

We planned to go to BJ’s, a local brew house in Huntsville (we rode up to visit my parents). Alas, they were closed. Their website said it clearly.

Then we thought about Buffalo Wild Wings (whose website insisted they were open). They, too… were shuddered for Thanksgiving.

Then, a thought hit, “What about the Westin.”

Beth and I have spent SO MANY times there— and, even before her, it was my “go to”when I was working on a project in the area.

“They’ve got a great little restaurant / pub area downstairs with TVs and football food…”

We rolled in— back to one of our fav “homes” away from home.

That’s me and EmJ and Isaac and Beth…

We ordered a few meals and appetizers, split them a bunch of ways, and then enjoyed most of the game. The next day, we got up, helped with some Christmas directions (and did some online Christmas shopping), and made our way back to town.

I love moments like these— the unplanned ones. These are the times when some of the relationships in over “over-sized” fam take on new life, b/c people who wouldn’t normally be together due to regular schedules and “traffic flow” and everything else happen to collide in beautiful ways.

Some of those moments are the best.


Bonus = 3 years since the renovation

This week, I kept receiving “time hop” photos and videos from the renovation project. I bought our house three years ago, mid-November. I began renovating immediately, pushing to knock out one bedroom and add two more— as well as changing light fixtures, painting, renovating the garage, knocking out the wall between the kitchen and the living room and between the former bedroom and the hall and that room and the foyer… all before Christmas.

Here’s Levi. From three years ago.

This was his first shot at a Ramset— shooting nails into concrete, so we could frame up a bedroom in the basement / garage area.

Geez… he’s grown so much…


That’s the highlight reel for the week.

If you’re just now dropping in, each week I look back at the week behind + preview the week ahead— so I don’t miss anything— and look and highlight at least one thing for which I’m grateful in each of the 7 key areas of life…

πŸ’™ Fitness


🏠 Family

πŸ›  Field (work, career)

πŸ™ Faith

πŸ‘Š Friends

πŸŽ‰ Fun

Download your free planner— the tool I use to manage the daily grind and then look back like this— at  

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