1. tracee
    May 6, 2010 @ 9:00 am

    I wish I was in a place where I was spending my times in ways I loved. I do lots of things to maintain two part-time jobs. Seems like all of the extra stuff in the day is where my heart is.

    I love spending my time blogging, and the connections that come from that world. I love building new friendships all over the world through twitter. I have “met” some awesome people.

    I also spend my time working out in some way. Excersising has been huge for my outlet of stress, detox from the day, and a time to catch up on podcasts!

    Still learning how to balance my time. Great post!


  2. davidmartinhanke
    May 6, 2010 @ 9:04 am

    Tracee, you are one of the more thoughtful and creative bloggers/twitter-ers I know! I really appreciate your perspectives, the way you keep it real, and the fact that you are chasing hard after a dream. Persevere!


  3. Jennie
    May 6, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    David, LOVED your answer to this question! So cool to be “in” on what the “normal” life of our pastor (and friend) looks like. Tracee, thanks for your answer, too. Would love to read some of your stuff! But from a very personal standpoint, I HATE this question. Being a mostly stay-at-home mom, I always feel defensive…like I have to try very hard to justify my existence to others (and worse yet, to myself). To explain what I do on a “normal” day of my life would, in my opinion, bore people to tears. Many days it bores me to tears. That said, I am endlessly grateful that I have the great privilege of being a mostly-stay-at-home mom. It is a good gig. If anybody out there REALLY wants to know what I do on a “normal” day, I am happy to tell you. Just try really hard not to yawn. :>


  4. Kathy
    May 6, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    David, loved hearing about what you do all week and Jennie I can absolutely identify with your response. What struck me most in reading both was how much David’s job resembles ours as stay at home moms. David is taking care of the “house and kids”. In making that connection I don’t feel nearly as inconsequential as I often feel when at the end of the day I am asked, “What did you do today?” In my heart I know that what I contribute to our life at home is of value but is hard to remember that sometimes, especially in this overachieving, success driven, “What do you DO?” environment we live in. David, I hope you don’t mind the comparison and just want to say how grateful I am for all you do on our behalf. I am also happy I don’t have to add “write and deliver sermon” to my list of responsibilities. I am suddenly very happy sticking to logistics and driving around town endlessly………


  5. davidmartinhanke
    May 6, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Jennie and Kathy– what great replies! you made me laugh. I promise that I will now answer ‘what do you do?’ with ‘I take care of the house and kids…’ it’s really true. I just have 260 of ’em crammed into a small space.

    You too are getting at the deeper stuff I deliberately avoided: what we DO matters. And God is alongside every task we check off– no matter how boring we think it is. I want folks from Restoration to imagine as they drive around, run errands, listen to complaints, answer email, make decisions, etc that everything they do is bringing the Kingdom. Because of the Holy Spirit in you, You are the presence of God in the places and at the tasks of this day. That’s a high calling.


  6. Christine
    May 7, 2010 @ 6:28 am

    Most of the time I love how I spend my days – from cheering on little leaguers to my job working with area immigrants where I spend a lot of time building relationships. Some days I feel as if I’ve played a small part in righting the injustices our ESOL students face. Many nights I feel absolutely useless in fighting all their seemingly insurmountable challenges. And April/May 2010 is turning out to be exceedingly frenetic and I’m becoming unhinged ! So next week I plan to carve out a day and fast from technology. No iPhone, no music, no online sermons or newscasts and no time in the office. I don’t know what I’ll do. Read? Maybe wiffle ball with a bunch of 2nd graders? Please hold me accountable to this! If I don’t answer a call, text or email, that’s a good thing!


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