Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jordyn Is Here!!!

On Wednesday Jami and I welcomed our second child into the world.  She weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and 21 inches long.  Jacob is very excited to have a new sister.  She is beautiful and healthy, and mommy and daddy are pretty happy too!!!  Jordyn is such a blessing!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Actually Making A Difference

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Last week I received an invitation to attend a open house from a high school friend.  This open house was about the work that she and her husband are doing in China.  So last night my wife, son, and I attend this open house.  They have been in China for 8 years.  The first two years was spent just learning the language and the culture.  They knew that they were called to go there to have an impact for Christ.  Trust me it is much better to hear them explain it.  He is using his studio and music knowledge to convert music and videos into the Chinese language and culture.  She was heavily impacted by the cultural dis-valuing of Chinese women and started an organization to help them get out of a dead end life.

I am always impressed by people who have such a clear understanding of what they are called to do. When they talk about what they do, their passion and commitment immediately show through.  This family is making a real difference in peoples lives. It was a great privilege to reconnect and have our families meet. If you would like to know know more about her organization please visit Starfish Project
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Girl In August

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Yesterday we went for an ultrasound.  The baby looks healthy and we found out that we are having a girl!!!  OK so what does this mean for me?  Hmmm.  It means I need to start learning some new terminology.  Like, you know, all that hair accessory type items.  Honestly I'm not even sure what I am talking about!!! So I will make a list of items and you can clue me in on.  Here we go:

  • Hair bands
  • Barrettes
  • Dresses - what goes with them
  • Shoes
  • Dolls
  • Earrings
Ok in all seriousness I'm sure I have left a ton of stuff off this list.  What is most important is that she is healthy, I'm sure with time I will learn the rest!  Very Excited!!! Is it August yet?

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Professor Who Gets It

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Many of you know that I am in my final semester at college.  In all my years of going to business school there has always been emphasis on "the numbers" and basic, universally acknowledged business principles.  Many times these are focused on big public businesses.  This makes it easier to provide data and allows for a more scientific examination of business principles.  Well after doing a case study on a private family business, we had a discussion yesterday in my "business strategy" class.  After going through all the technical aspects of the case the professor asked us a question.  "What is the point in analyzing all of this, if the company does not take your recommendations?".  Most of the time change won't get implemented. Why?  Because of "trust".  Then he asked "what does it take to gain trust in a tightly knitted, long running, family business?".  He then said, "business school only teaches you 40% of what you need to know.  If people don't take your ideas, you won't be successful.  What is needed to earn trust is time."  Successful people learn how to build trust.  "Those that can earn it faster will be more successful."  Finally a professor that understands and demonstrates to his students that it is more than just the numbers.  I have a lot of respect for this guy.  Well done professor. 
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Thursday, February 04, 2010


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You can now get to my blog by simply typing www.jeffkamp.com .

 I've had a conviction here lately.  I need to get into shape in order to be the best dad and husband that I can be.  So here is what I am going to do about it.

  • Keep riding my bike - Last summer are started riding back and forth to work.  I plan on continuing this when the weather gets warm again.
  • Enter a 5K - I am registered for the Sunburst 5K run in South Bend, IN on June 5th.  This should keep me motivated to train.  Also my sister has to decided to join me in this event so that should be a lot of fun.
  • Start a fitness blog - My good freind and I have started a fitness blog.  It is about our biking and running adventures, product reviews, and our progress.  Check it out at www.pursuitoffit.com

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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Big Announcement

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Happy New Year!!!  I am excited to announce that Jami, Jacob, and I will be adding to our family.  Jami is due in August!!!  This makes me very happy.  Can you tell?  Anyways keep Jami in your prayers, as she was very sick when she was pregnant with Jacob.
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