Life

Looking Inside My Window

Today I drove down to Paris with my friend Klaus. He was coming down for a few days and offered to let me tag along…and who can pass up a trip to Paris? The last time I was here was in February, but while we were  here then we didn’t even make it up to…

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Slavery + Children = Global Reality

Here is a trailer for the Call + Response Film… I love that quote, “Justice is what love looks like in public!” I need to put that idea up to 1 John and let God go to work on my heart. Jen and I have some dear friends who do work in Cambodia named Don…

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My Other Wife

Jen went blond again today. It’s been 5 years since she was blond. So when she walks by I have to remind myself that she got her hair colored and that it’s not another woman in my house or posing as my wife! But she looks beautiful (as always) and I’m sooooo, seriously…sooooooo happy she…

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Paul Tall

Maisie has gotten really familiar with our friend Paul becuase they gave us these onesies with his picture on it! So, Paul…this video is for you!

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Back from Spain

I love it that I’ve gotten requests for me to write on my blog again from more than one person. Two people in fact: My mom and Jen’s mom! Anyway, life has been full the past week. We’ve been down to Spain to continue to pursue where God is leading us. We had a great…

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Riding with Rain Face

Bicycles…They are as Dutch as windmills, canals, and pannekoeken (pancakes that you put bacon, cheese, and syrup on…they are delicious). The other day in Den Haag I needed to go run some errands in the center of town, so my buddy Al offered to let me use his bike. I had been dying to ‘be…

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Observations at the Beach

Tonight Jen and I went down to the beach in Den Haag, it’s an area called Scheveningen. I didn’t really realize that Den Haag was so close to the beach…it was only about a 5 minute drive from the office. But it was quite nice down there. The reason for the trip (other than to…

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7 Years…

Today is Jen and I’s seven year anniversary! They say that the hardest years of marriage are the first, seventh, and twentieth. So far, we are on par with the first two! Most of the time the seventh is rough because people have had kids and this changes everything…but our seventh was difficult for so…

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Greg Boyd on CAI

The speaker at this years Connect was Greg Boyd. He’s written a lot of books and is really smart…and can be somewhat controversial…which adds to the fun. His most well known book may be ‘Letters from a Sceptic‘. He did a great job communicating aspects of the Kingdom was a real encouragement to us. Specifically,…

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Big

Today we were eating a late lunch and I turned on the tv to see what was up with the Olympics and the opening ceremonies. I caught the very end of the performance aspect (which was spectacular) and I began to watch as the different countries who are participating in the game were being announced. …

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Posts that should have been written throughout the week

Don’t worry…nothing’s wrong and everything is great…I just haven’t had it in me to write on here with all the people around. My extravert tendencies were in full force being back around CAI folks this past week and if I weren’t around people I was sleeping…and I wasn’t sleeping much. Jen did a great job…

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Joseph Arthur…an artist

Joseph Arthur is an artist that inspires me to be more creative…check this out. He makes this look easy… He has a way about his lyrics (most of the time) that I don’t think many song writers do. He is abstract enough to interpret, but concrete enough to make you think you know what he’s…

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Just Busy

Sorry, for all 4 of my loyal readers, that I haven’t been posting much lately. It’s not because I don’t have anything profound or insightful to say…it’s just that I’m busy!  This may come as a shocker (or not) but we’ve our tickets to go back to Europe in 5 days…this means that we get…

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from my phone

I’ve never blogged from my phone and I think it is about time. So I am sitting downtown in Portland and feeling overwhelmed with gratitude and expectation. We’re eating some amazing Lebanese food with some even more amazing friends!

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Football

When most of you hear the word ‘football’ you’re probably thinking of the sport where the ball is brown, shaped like an almond, and nobody except a few players on the team are allowed to kick the ball with their feet. Yes…this is American Football and only God knows why it’s called football. We Americans…

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Packing (and learning) Déja Vu

We’re packing. Again. It is disturbing to be me how much stuff we acquired in our time in the States. It was disturbing how much stuff we had when we got our shipment back from Europe. To be fair to ourselves, we thought for a few months that we were going to be staying in…

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A video of my little one

After six days…I’m missing the family just a bit! Jen was kind to put this on her blog for me…I’m sure you won’t enjoy it near as much as this daddy did!    

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Made it to BCN

BCN is short for Barcelona…and is so much easier to type when you are as tired as I am tonight! I walked for long time tonight. Long enough to have to tell myself to ‘dig deep’ to make it home. I only brought my Chuck Taylor’s for my week in Spain, and they brought the…

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Off to Spain

Yes, you read it right. I am going to Spain. Five days ago, if you had asked me where I would be next week, the last thing I would have said would have been Spain…well maybe not the last thing.  Regardless, for the next 6 days, I’ll be in Barcelona and Valencia Spain. There is…

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I’ve always like this song but…

I know that U2 is the trendiest band to listen to if you are Christian but like secular music better than the predictable, four-chorded, 3 part harmony music that is the step-child of our faith, (whoops…wasn’t planning on going there) but I really do like U2. I don’t make any apologies for it. I wish…

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I am Thankful…

My friend Lisa posted a list on her blog about things that she is thankful for…and her gratitude was contagious enough to make me want to do the same! So here we go! 1. I am thankful that God has provided for Jen and I through this crazy time in our lives.  2. I am…

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In The Shallow End

Most of us live our lives in the deep end of pools. We stay busy every waking minute treading water to keep our heads above water, our arms active, and our legs kicking against the water. While many of the issues that we need to deal with rest on the bottom of the pool 10…

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This is what life has felt like the last few months

This footage was taken on March 1st of this year. Across central Europe winds got up to 138mph! Click here to see another link to a news article about the storm.  But life has felt like a near crash landing, but we are back up in the skies ready to give it another go! (And thanks to…

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The Past, The Present, and The Future

I was talking with a guy last night over dinner and the inevitable question came up, “So, what are you guys going to be doing?” We’ve gotten this question a lot lately…and with good reason because we have lots of people in our lives that care about us and want to know.   But as we were talking…

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7:54am

It’s 7:54am. I am awake, but still laying in bed trying to go back to sleep. I don’t have to be awake. But for some reason my body has decided that sleeping past 7:54 is not going to happen. It’s now 7:56am. My mind is already in high gear thinking about today. When used to…

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About Jen

I am delirious as I write this right now, so we’ll see how this ends up. Jen is my wife. She is also my best friend. And even on top of that she is an excellent mother to our little girl Maisie. I could literally talk about Jen for hours. I have lots of favorite…

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Ok…it’s time to get back at this

Honestly, going back to Paris and dealing with all that had to be done while we were there sucked any extra blogging energy that I may have had out of me. But the good news is that I think that I’ve recovered…well at least I’m on the road to recovery.  To give an insiders view as…

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It Happened

Yesterday morning I had a near emotional collapse. We missed a call from the shipping company…well we answered it, but the call got dropped because of bad reception. I got dressed quickly and ran outside to call him back. But the minutes on our pre-paid phone had ran out. I tried to send the number…

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