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30 Goals For My 3rd Decade (apparently this is my 4th decade)

I turned 30 last Saturday, and when I showed my ID to the woman handing out wrist bands as last week’s Zoo Brews (beer festival at a zoo = awesome), she burst into tearful laughter and told me I look way too young. I guess I’ve still got it.

Anyway, thinking about this next decade made me want to put together some goals, and I’m happy to share them with you. I broke them down into 3 areas of my life: career, ministry, and life. Here you go:

Career

1. Finish my Doctorate of Ministry (D. Min). I’m about a 3rd of the way through.

2. Receive ordination in the United Methodist Church. Pretty much just waiting on my D. Min.

3. Clean my office. I’m about a 3rd of the way through. read more »

Family Life

Celebrating 7 with Joanna

7 is a biblically symbolic number for “completion” or “whole.” I don’t think we’ve completed our marriage, but I absolutely feel whole with you.  Happy Anniversary. To many more.

the first picture we ever took together! Ash Wednesday 2005.
the first picture we ever took together! Ash Wednesday 2006
June 22, 2006. I gave Joanna an important ring at Charlie's Gardens in McCall, ID.
June 22, 2006. I gave Joanna an important ring at Charlie’s Gardens in McCall, ID.

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Portland, Hotel Bathroom 3 am, Thoughts on being better

where awake parents are exiled to.
where awake parents are exiled to.

Good morning or whatever it is for you when you read this. I am currently in the bathroom of of our hotel room in Portland, OR, and the time is about 3:00 am. More on why I’m in the bathroom later, and more on why I am awake later. I have a couple blog posts in the hopper and will be getting them up soon. I’m also going to try my hand at some videos soon, but for now, I just have a lot on my mind that I feel like I have to get out.

Well, now is later.

I’m in a bathroom
So, I’m here in Portland to attend my church’s Bishop’s Symposium, a time for all the United Methodist pastors in Oregon-Idaho to get together, hear big speakers, dream, worship, and make plans on how to better equip people to be awesome. Joanna and Clementine are joining me in Portland. We have family and friends here, and Clementine has never seen the ocean, which is what we’ll do tomorrow today.

Things are never that bad with these two.
Things are never that bad with these two.

So why am I in the bathroom blogging away on my iPad? Because we haven’t quite mastered the fine art of traveling with a 9 mo old. The trip’s been a little rough for baby Clementine-lemon-lime. She pretty much didn’t sleep yesterday and is pretty frustrated that her english just isn’t where she wants it to be right now. I try to encourage her, but she’s pretty hard on herself. So, I’m in the bathroom because C-town is asleep in the hotel room we’re sharing, and when she’s asleep, only sleeping people can be in that room. All the awake people have to go to the bathroom. read more »

Family Friends Life

My Birthday Wknd

This last week, I turned 29. I jokingly told someone at church that I’m about to end my freshman decade of living. I didn’t presume her age, but she laughed asked what does that mean for her?! Whoops. haha. Anyway, here’s some pics of what we did.

I love breakfast and brunch out. We haven't found our place in Idaho Falls yet, but yelp recommended Mitchell's. When we arrived, we found that it was a truck stop. Still, we loved it. Reminded me of Kwik Inn in Security, CO.
I love breakfast and brunch out. We haven’t found our place in Idaho Falls yet, but yelp recommended Mitchell’s. When we arrived, we found that it was a truck stop. Still, we loved it. Reminded me of Kwik Inn in Security, CO.
Here's my girls at Mitchell's! Clementine is getting so good at being out! She can now say, "Mama," "Dada," "Book," and "Gaga" which could mean dog, God, or Lady Gaga.
Here’s my girls at Mitchell’s! Clementine is getting so good at being out! She can now say, “Mama,” “Dada,” “Book,” and “Gaga” which could mean dog, God, or Lady Gaga.

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