About Nicky

My name is Nick Ortega, but in my head, I call myself  “Nicky”, a holdover from what my grandmother always called me. I am 44 years old, married to an incredible woman for 18 years. She has two boys,  aged 26 and 23, I have two girls, aged 25 and 23, from previous marriages. I’m a blue-collar guy from my steel-toed boots on up, but I can also appreciate the finer things in life.

 

In order of priority, I love God, my wife, our kids, our church, and then everyone else.  I am a Sunday school teacher, an ordained deacon, and a recovering cocaine addict (seven years sober as of 7-15, praises and glory to God!). Those seven years also measure the time I have walked with Him…before that I was operating on my own power, and while I am not going to list all the ways that fell short, I bet you may have some ideas of that yourself!

 

I hope that you find my writing interesting, challenging, and sometimes provocative…anything but boring! I welcome comments, suggestions, arguments, advice…anything that says someone is reading and thinking.  Let’s talk about it, shall we?

Comments
  1. travels with mary says:

    Hey Nick, you won my Endorphin Warrior training giveaway– could you shoot me an email at xtravelswithmary at gmail? (don’t forget the x at the beginning!)

  2. Mare says:

    Hello! I’m popping in from the a-z and don’t see any “comment” options on your posts…except this one. A few posts back you mention your wife’s cancer, your blended family, that you quit smoking and began running. I love finding other believers in the blogosphere and became a follower. My husband is a smoker, and I have prayed for him to quit for 30 years. How did you find success w/ that? My husband’s habit has hurt our relationship, and I pray all the time that God would change his heart of that issue. I know it’s not within my power to change him. I’ve looked around at several of your posts, and plan to check back. Believers can change the world with their blogs, I believer. Come visit, if you’d like:
    from The Dugout

    • Nick says:

      Thanks for stopping by; I have gotten very behind on Challenge posts, but I intend to complete them all, late or not! You have to click on the title of a specific post, or on the speech balloon next to the title, and then you can leave comments on that post; it’s just the way they appear in this theme.
      I found success in quitting through three methods: substitution of habit (traded smoking for running); alternate nicotine delivery system (e-cigs and, briefly, lozenges)…and sheer stubbornness – I think the other two work because I really want them to work! I cannot speak to what your husband should or should not do; my wife prayed for me daily as well, but until I decided, no amount of coercion/bitterness/guilt was ever going to be effective. I would caution you against making this a division point…the enemy will find strongholds on his own, why do the job for him?

  3. Rene Yoshi says:

    Praise the Lord for your recovery and your incredible wife for sticking with you through those difficult years!

What say you? Share your thoughts here...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s