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Our Beautiful Miracle, Gracie Lee Ann Strader

Our Beautiful Miracle, Gracie Lee Ann Strader

On November 7, 2014, God’s greatest miracle was given to Sherri and I, our beautiful 8.5 pound baby girl, Gracie Lee Ann Strader. Words simply cannot express the joy that she has brought to our lives. I couldn’t be more proud of her and so glad God sent a little bit of heaven into our lives.

Merry Christmas from Gracie, Sherri and David!

Gracie Strader, Christmas 2014

December 19, 20140 commentsRead More
First Week of a New Me

First Week of a New Me

I’m 25, overweight, out of shape and truly headed down a slipperly slope so I’m trying my very best to make a “new me”. My wife and I purchased a NutriBullet (which I LOVE), made some life changes (with more to come) and I started going back to the gym.

My first week has been tough but honestly very fun. Although I’ve struggled keeping myself on the elliptical and getting out of my bad eating habits, this first week has been fulfilling. And while I haven’t lost any weight just yet, I’m already starting to feel better just after 5 days, but it has NOT been easy.

This is just the beginning of the “new me”. I must push harder everyday, kill some bad habits and acquire some new good ones but I’d be lieing if I told you I haven’t been praying for God’s help during this transition period.

Here were my reasons ‘Why’ and ‘Why not’ I should change my life:

Why?

  • It’s Biblical. My body is a vessel, the temple of the Holy Ghost!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV) – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

  • Live longer & feel better.
  • Be a better “me” for my family.
  • Avoid diseases & sickness.
  • Look better.

Why Not?

  • Tired.
  • Lazy.
  • Too busy, no time!

As you can tell, the reasons to ‘get up’ and do something about it outweighs the reasons to ‘sit’ and do nothing. Fact: If I was healthier, I wouldn’t be so tired. Fact: Being lazy is a poor excuse and one that can kill. Face: While my schedule is already very busy, based on the amount of time I spend doing useless other things, surley I can find time to give my body time.

February 7, 20140 commentsRead More
How to Set Up Your Google Plus Custom URL & Be Cool Like Me

How to Set Up Your Google Plus Custom URL & Be Cool Like Me

Woot! Recieved an email from Google just a few minutes ago asking if I’d like to customize my Google+ profile URL – well, of course I would Google! Here’s what it looks like:

My Custom Google+ URL

The question you have is…

“How do I get a custom G+ URL?”

Simple, you’ll need to have a profile photo uploaded, at least 10 followers and an account over 30 days old. Once this is complete, just wait for your turn and watch your email for an invite that looks simular to this:

Google+ Custom URL Email

 

Click on “Get URL”, make your desired selection and you’re done! You CAN request a differnet URL than the suggested one but Google does require you to submit your request, complete with a valid reason for the change and a 2-3 day wait before that’ll happen – I just went with the proposed version.

While I don’t use Google+ often, I’m pretty excited to finally have a custom Google+ URL.

October 30, 20130 commentsRead More
The Gamer in Me Just Rejoiced: ASUS GTX 660 Just Fixed My PC Problem

The Gamer in Me Just Rejoiced: ASUS GTX 660 Just Fixed My PC Problem

The geeky, gamer side of me just rejoiced in the fact that I fixed an in-game problem I was having with my new PC. Let me explain…

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The Problem:

I just started playing Guild Wars 2 and had an older system that was actually running it decently enough to play (around 25-30 FPS on average). My father and step-mother gave me a newer system they were using that had a faster CPU/Motherboard, double the memory, same video card and improved cooling yet the game was very choppy and nearly unplayable.

I was (and honestly still am) at a loss for words.

A few friends suggested I upgrade my CPU and motherboard since it is nearly 2 years old but my argument was always 1) this is double the PC my old one was and 2) the old PC ran Guild Wars 2 better 3) I have no clue why and this simply does not make sense.

My new build:

  • AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz
  • MSI 870A-G54
  • 120GB SSD
  • 500 GB Raptor
  • Galaxy 470 1280MB DDR5 (old video card)

Again, upgraded EVERYTHING outside of my video card.

ASUS GTX 660

My Solution:

In short, I went and picked up a new ASUS GeForce 660 video card, installed it and had instantly better frame rates, NO choppy visuals AT ALL (even in town) and amazing graphics all set on High. I’m currently getting 40+ FPS in battles, cities and 360 degree swings.

Several people at Fry’s Electronics recommended I first try upgrading the video card so I picked this monster up and they were right, I’m getting amazing graphics playing Guild Wars 2 using the same AMD 955 CPU but with an upgraded graphics card. It was the fix.

This is not to say that upgrading my CPU & motherboard wouldn’t get me even better graphics and FPS but to be honest, I’m completely satisfied and didn’t have to spend $250+ to fix the problem.

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July 20, 20130 commentsRead More