Speaker 1:                           00:01                     All right, here we go fellas. I have the video with this today. A great guy named Timothy Kim Frinch and uh, Tim has done some really cool stuff over the past few years and I just wanted to bring him on so that I could ask him about it and he could tell us about it and hopefully we can be inspired. So Tim is a member of the recently a new member of the endurance. Tim, why don’t you kind of tell us who you are, what you’re about, what you’re known for.

Speaker 2:                           00:37                     Yeah, so I’m excited to be on this. Thanks for inviting me Blake. Um, like I said, Tim French, I’m in the Austin, Texas area. I’m one of the few natives to the area, which is kind of a fun thing, but it’s great to be here. Uh, my wife and I, Brittany, we’ve been married for about 12 years and uh, that’s actually how I know Blake. Uh, Brittany and Blake went to the same high school growing up. So Brittany was, yeah. Yeah, the old sand Springs high school.

Speaker 1:                           01:08                     Yeah. Uh, so Tim, how many kids do you guys have?

Speaker 2:                           01:12                     Yeah. So we have three boys, ages six, four and two. So we, uh, you know, life is a hundred miles an hour at all times. So my oldest is in first grade and, uh, middle one’s in, in a pre K, so. Awesome. Yeah.

Speaker 1:                           01:29                     Well, I recently saw a Facebook post that you made where you did something pretty cool with one after your son. So tell us about what you posted.

Speaker 2:                           01:39                     Yeah, so I, um, so I, I was a history major in college. I’ve been a reader for a long time. And so that’s something that’s been important to me. Not only, um, not only reading, uh, kind of books about all sorts of different subjects, but also reading the Bible. I saw something somewhere that said, uh, you know, read a read lots of books, but make the Bible your home country. You can visit other places, but always come home to the Bible. So I like that and I’ve done that. Um, but I told one of my friends at work, uh, that I had this street going with all of my boys actually. And, uh, and it was about reading every single mind. Uh, since a specific time with all of them. And, uh, this past week was the six year Mark with my oldest son, and we’ve read every single night.

Speaker 2:                           02:28                     We’ve never missed a night. So we, October 17th, 2013, we started reading together and I just made it a point to just try to read with him every night. It can be just something little. Um, and I went, I’ve been on trips, we’ve kept that street going through FaceTime, some other things, but it just, just kind of kept going and something I want to maintain. Um, I got the idea originally from, I think I read an article somewhere or a dad had read to his daughter, uh, for like 15 years straight and she got into high school and I just became their thing. Cool, cool relationship that they had, something that they had, she ended up reading to him. Of course, eventually she went up to school. The streak stopped. But um, that was inspirational to me and I thought, Hey, that’s something I like to do with my boys.

Speaker 2:                           03:13                     I’m gonna try and try and do that. So to tell somebody it’s October 17th. You knew like that night we’re going to start a streak here. We’re starting, we’re going to do it. So how was he at that point? He was not quite a year old, so he was um, yeah, his birthday is November. Yeah. He wasn’t, wasn’t quite a year old. Okay. So I’ve got some specific questions about it. Just practically speaking. So you read like one book each night or is it two books? Three books, yeah, the, the kind of the um, kind of the measure and the criteria is, have I read to him it’s, it’s um, have we sat down or had like some face to face time arrive, right. Either, um, it can be something short, like short song or you know, most often the time it’s something out of a book that he’s interested in, but it could be when he was a baby, it’s like a little board book.

Speaker 2:                           04:05                     Um, so I didn’t, I didn’t have a criteria there. I had to read a certain number of books or hadn’t been a certain length. It’s just about setting aside that time where it could get with him. Um, you know, just, just sit with him and be with them and we could read together. So what age did he understand that there was a street going on? Uh, he probably understood, uh, probably about a year and a half ago, maybe more new, but probably about a year and a half ago. He, he would get into it and know that we had to do the reading for the day. So was there ever any like pushback from him? Like he didn’t want to know. He’s, he’s kind of a, he’s kind of an easy kid. Sometimes the other two will push back. I’ll, it’ll be tough to get to get them involved, but, um, you know, they’ve got a good example of their older brother wanting to do it, and so they’ve gotten into it as well.

Speaker 2:                           05:01                     Uh, not, not so much the younger one, but definitely the middle one. So are you, is it like a group reading or is it each individually, individually? Uh, it varies. So sometimes, um, I’ll try to get some one-on-one reading with all of them. Um, sometimes time perspective, I just have to get all of them at once. But, uh, I try to, I try to read each of them individually each night, but I’ve got, I’ve got streaks for the other ones as well. So obviously you’re going to continue to see some benefits from this even 10 years from now. So we’re still young.

Speaker 2:                           05:39                     Um, I mean practically, you know, they can read pretty well. Um, and so that’s, that’s a good thing to see your kids being able to read. But, um, one thing Drake has challenged me on is, is he really wants to read the Bible. And so he, he, uh, he makes sure it’s like, dad, we’ve got to read the Bible. And so he, he usually, I try to guide them and to some speak specific things we can do. Um, but yeah, he, he loves it. He wants to be a part of that. And he’s even challenged me to make sure that I’m staying in the word every day just with him. So it’s funny what your kids can teach you about staying true to something.

Speaker 1:                           06:18                     Yeah. So how long you can keep the street known.

Speaker 2:                           06:22                     I’m going to keep it as long as they’ll let me, you know, it’ll, it’ll get to a point. It’s already gotten to a point where he wants to read and I don’t, or I don’t read as much. I try to read some, but you know, he’s, he’s taken it on where he wants to do it. Our role, they get, you know, I’m sure there’s going to be a point where where uh, they think it’s uncool or they don’t want to do it, but trying to make it a game and uh, and kind of a, a challenge. I think that, I think the guys like to keep things are always up for a challenge. And so if I can, if I can make it a game or kind of, uh, make it something that they want to do within other songs, I can,

Speaker 1:                           07:02                     well, no doubt man. Just the time that he gets to spend with you and spend with dad, he may not fully appreciate it right now, but he for sure will. I remember when I was young, my dad would come in and pray with me and we didn’t have a street going or anything, but I just remember those moments. I mean it was part of our routine. My dad would come in and pray with me before he went to bed and actually remember, I don’t know what grade I was in, fourth or fifth grade and I told my dad, dad, I think I’ve reached the age where I can do this on my own and I’ve had this like, it was like this independent steel or I know I don’t need dad anymore. I can do this. And I’ve thought back on that and I’m like, why would I, I would do anything to have those times back with dad. Like why would I kick him out on that? I thought I was trying to be a grown up in it, so, Oh man, that’s awesome. That you knew and then Brittany, why she doing it?

Speaker 2:                           07:55                     Yeah, it’s fun. She and she’s been, she’s been a big, big help on helping me with making sure that we have the time. I’ve traveled a lot lately for work and so I’ll try to get to a point and she’s, she’s good about helping them pay attention. If I have to read to him as a group, just, you know, sometimes you have to check the box, but you keep the streak alive. But she’s been real helpful in helping me keep that, keep that active.

Speaker 1:                           08:23                     Yeah. Well, and men of endurance. I hope you guys have been inspired today. I know a lot of you guys are doing great things out there and we’ll continue to hear about them, but I’m definitely inspired by Tim and I want to get a streak going, my own kids know. So, uh, thanks for setting the pace for us, Tim. Yeah. Appreciate you coming on today

Speaker 2:                           08:46                     and I appreciate the invite. It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for, thanks for having me.

Speaker 1:           08:50     Alrighty, we’ll talk to you later.

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