Elliot John Voris

Faith. Family. Technology.

Elliot John Voris - Faith. Family. Technology.

Daddy, What was it Like …

If you’re unfamiliar with who I am, or what’s going on in my life, you may not know that my beautiful wife, Brandy Voris, and I are expecting a daughter. Whoa!! I’m just going to let that sink in for a minute…

I’m going to be a father. God, in all His infinite wisdom, saw fit to trust my clumsy hands with the life and care of another real-life person … Why? What business do I have raising a daughter? What makes me even remotely ready to do this? I know about computers and Jesus. How does that qualify me to be a dad?

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in the dorms at SLCC, acting like a total dill-hole (ya know, like college kids do). Even still, I find myself looking back quite fondly on my “college days.” I was so free. I didn’t have any responsibilities. I didn’t have to provide for anyone. I didn’t have any bills. It was so sweet!

Yet, despite all my questions, despite all the fond memories of my former days, despite feeling unprepared; I’m more excited than I’ve ever been in my life. This is a completely new chapter for me. I’ve never experienced anything like what I’m about to go through with this child. We get to learn together! I can’t wait for Yo Gabba Gabba marathons, walks in the park with a stroller, wearing my daughter like a living front-backpack, and kindergarten musicals!

One chapter ends on our journey of life, and another begins. All we can do is look forward to the winding road, and give it everything we’ve got.

What was your reaction when you found out that you were going to be a parent?

Draggin’ Butt

Have you ever had one of those days where you just felt like your feet were dragging, no matter what you were doing? I’m not talking about just a little tired, or just feeling a bit off here. Think about being completely exhausted. Think about being totally stretched past your limits. This was my day today.

I’ve had an unbelievably productive week at work. First, I’ve made some major headway on our Evergreen project at the college. The server had been down for quite a while, now. I’ve been able to get the software up and running, and I’ve finally had a bit of luck importing some of our records into the database. Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods quite yet. This will prove to be a big project for me for a week or so to go, but I made some giant leaps forward on this project during the past few days.

Second, I was able to go live with the new online application for the Admissions team. We’ve made a couple of improvements to the application, added a few fields, and made it generally more user-friendly. If you’re a potential college student, check it out, and apply here!

Finally, I’m working on a really nifty new service coming for the students of Saint Louis Christian College. A few weeks back, we introduced a piece of software called PaperCut. It’s an all-encompassing Print Management program that allows the students to print to our new copy machine easier than they have in the past. This new feature that I’m working on will allow them to upload directly from their laptop (in .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, .xls, .pdf, etc. format) to the new copy machine. It’ll print right from their laptop, but still charge their student accounts as if they were working on one of the library WorkStations. I’m really excited to roll this out, and I think the students will be, as well.

All of this really just piled up today. I was so dragging all day long. I felt like I was going to crash and fall asleep standing up in the Library.

Like I said, I feel like I had a greatly productive week! But I’m also ready to fall asleep tonight and wake up on  Sunday!