Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My first post

I'm finally getting my blog set up as a few of my friends have requested.  Please bear with me as I get comfortable with this format.  

Enough of formalities.  I thought it would be a good idea to create a blog and share with my friends throughout the country where I am currently in my journey throughout this lifetime.  As most of you know, about a month ago I moved from Salt Lake City, UT (Go Jazz, Go Utes) after residing there for over 14 years.  God has called me elsewhere and Pittsburgh is now where I lay my hat.  Yes, I did say God called me here, hopefully I'll be able to share more of that at another time.

Here's what has been going on.  On July 14th, 2008 at 6 am in the morning Nick Pensari (some good friends 14 year old son) and I left SLC for a road trip to Pittsburgh.  Nick was an awesome companion for the trip, I know that he might disagree with that but he really was even though he slept and watched American Pie movies for most of the 1st day and 1/2.  What he did for me was push us on, we were in Cheyenne in great time and finished the first night in Lincoln, NE.  Nick was excited to get to Pittsburgh so when I asked if we should stop earlier, and I asked several times, he would just talk about the excellent time we were making and to keep pushing on.  We did.  The next day we drove to Cleveland, Oh.  This was our first destination as we wanted to check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  (I recommend the Seattle Music Experience)  We then left Cleveland around 1pm on the 16th of July and drove the 2 hours into Pittsburgh.  We made it!  1850 miles in 2 days and 2 hours!  The Hartings were excited to see us and we were happy to be there.  They took us to a Japanese Steakhouse and we had a great welcoming.  Over the next several days we showed Nick the city of Pittsburgh and the highlight was going over to the Steelers training facility and touring through the offices and locker rooms.  Saturday came and it was time for Nick to be passed off to his grandfather.  I drove him about 1 hour south of Pittsburgh and met up with his grandfather.  This was actually one of the toughest events of me leaving Salt Lake City as Nick was my last physical connection to Salt Lake City.

Life with the Hartings started.  Now if you know the Hartings you know how busy life can be.  They have 7 young children and Jeff and Rebecca who are constantly on the move.  Throw in the fact that the house they are building was just about done and they were moving in a matter of days made for some long hard days.  I remember thinking that I haven't done this much physical labor in years.  We would start around 7 am and wouldn't stop until 9pm at the earliest.  Things were looking up as I was going to meet with some of the kids in the next couple of days!

12 comments:

carey clan said...

You are so descriptive, you must be part of the Gail and Cheryl Braunersrither family. I am jealous of that talent. I love hearing you talk about your love of God!!! It helps me think about all of the blessings I have as well. Love ya Chad

JerseyGirlinUtah said...

Keep it up.We love hearing about what's going on. We really want to share this new experience with you. We miss you and can't wait to see you in the fall!! PS- Our small group meets this weekend and we need some ideas for guest speakers, just because you're in Pittsburgh does'nt mean you're off the hook on getting us our guest speakers!!! You have to see Nick. He's lost 25lbs!! and his arms are covered in bruises from Football. I'll send you some pictures!Gabi says she misses you and is really looking forward to our Fall trip! Talk to you later!! Love Ya Traci

Beantown Fan said...

Hey dude-

I've got two words for you, my blogger friend--Spell Check!!
Oh! I forgot the average IQ of a Raiders' fan-sorry!!
Seriously-we miss you--except for the snoring during the Red Sox games.

God has the right man in the right place at the right time.

All of His best,
T. Brady

Darel said...

Hey Butt-head! Sounds like yu like the Pittsburg area. Best of everything in life to you. You are a good man and God takes care of good people..........
LOL, Ray Brookfield

Darel said...

Hi old buddy!!! Miss ya bunches...Sounds like you are enjoying the Pittsburg area. Best of luck and wishes to your new adventure in life. You are a loved and trusted friend and may God bless you and your endeavors

U4ik said...

Hey if I write soon enough, will that help to avoid you posting pictures of yourself. Really Cahd the blog is cool but pictures??? Remember memories are worth a thousand pictures (think that's how that goes .... in your case!!!).

Miss You - Steve

The Henricksen Journal said...

I am so glad you have a blog. It is great to catch up this way. I am so glad you made it there safely and that you have good friends to make the transition easier. Can't wait to hear the "further explanation" of how God called you to PA. I am always interested in how He moves people to further His will. I must admit, being in Utah this week, I wish you were here, but I am glad to at least catch up - hurray for blogs! (And don't listen to Steve... we want photos!)
Love you, Gail

Eric Winter said...
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Eric Winter said...

Hey Chad,
We miss you at K2. I am glad to hear the trip went well and things are off to a great start. I hope we can catch up soon. Maybe you will need to come back for the opening of the new auditorium. Say hello to Jeff & Rebecca.

Eric

Andrew said...

Yayyyyyyyyy!!! Chad is blogging!!

Smiths said...

I finally signed up so I could comment on your blog. Sounds like life is going great. I'm looking forward to hearing more abount your new life. Hopefully we will see you at Christmastime. Love your descriptive sister Cheryl

Our Family said...

Time to update! Would love to hear more! Tricia