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Where Do We Go From Here?

My sister wrote me and asked, "Hey... what happened to your blog?" I hadn't realized how much time had passed since I last wrote. The last I knew, I was talking about Advent and here it is... after Easter already.
Which begs the question... where do we go from here? I have so many ideas, and so little time. As much as I want to say that I haven't had time to write, or really many other excuses... to be completely honest, I was feeling overwhelmed by the writing process, then I was trying to find ways to make it less taxing, and then all of a sudden, my interest waned, and BOOM - here we are.
Initially, I was planning on being a weekly blog. Something nice and easy... but I got excited, which there is nothing wrong with. And it came that I wrote two posts a week for two weeks... FOUR POSTS! I must be getting to be awesome! Then I put it down for Christmas, and it's taken this long to even come back.
In the midst of my awesome four posts, I was taking too long to wri…
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What Happens When We Stay

Last week was about the journey.  Today is about sojourn, about beginning to settle into what are intended to be the familiar rhythms of life “down home” with God. Getting home is just the beginning. It's what we do with our time once we arrive that makes the difference for our holiday experience and our walk through Advent.

I have a decent sized family. My dad has four siblings, and we would all gather at my grandparents' house for the holidays. Christmas and Thanksgiving were the most raucous. I think there were several years where there were more than 40 people in the house. With one bathroom.

My dad was the youngest child of his parents, and I am the youngest grandchild of that generation. Most of my cousins are 10+ years older than me, so growing up, it was hard connecting with them because of age differences. My grandma passed away more than ten years ago now, and it's been hard finding time to get back together with them. We had a family reunion this past summer, an…

Fifteen Fun Facts about Me

1) I was born on Mother’s Day.
2) I am 6’1” tall (183cm), at least that was what I measured when I was at military processing. It’s the tallest I’ve ever been measured, so I’m sticking with it.
3) I was a vegetarian for five years, although if I was totally honest, it was more carb-etarian than non-meat-eater. I hear Oreos are vegetarian, which doesn’t help anyone.
4) I have always been a dog person, so much so that I couldn’t imagine what a life with a cat would be like. (“They poop in a box and they sleep all the time? That’s dumb.”)  So when my wife came to me and said that she would like to have a cat, I was a rather hard sell. But when I realized that it meant so much to her, I caved. Now, five years later, the darn box-pooper has made himself irreplaceable.
5) I love Doctor Who. Not what sure what caused my fascination, but the writing is spot on, and there’s a great chemistry between the characters which pulls me in.
6) I have dreams of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail or t…

Coming Home

There's something about coming home. The familiarity, the sensory feelings, the ability to let go and relax. Whether coming home after a long day at work or school, or after an extended time away, the relief of the arrival is joyful.
Now, as I am in my late thirties, coming home has meant different things at different times in my life. As a kid, coming home sometimes meant that play time with my friends was done, that our games had to pause for another day. As a young adult, coming home from college was such a great feeling, because as good as it is having the freedom to start building a life away from family, it was always nice going back to a place where everyone knew you and didn't have to explain so much of the back story. Now, as a new father, each time coming home with my daughter and my son was a new milestone in the way that the house will never be the same as it was the day before each of those events. 
There is hope in coming home. The expectations when we arrive are t…

Advent... or Adventure??

Hello friends... I have once again decided that writing is for me, and I need to get these ideas out of my head.

My call to action is from my small group, who is currently studying "If You Want to Walk on the Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat" by John Ortberg, and this week's lesson was about how to get to Jesus on that water, a step of faith had to be taken, however small that step may be.

So - seeing how it is the third day of Advent, the beginning of the Christian year, preparing for the birth of Jesus, that I will take a small step out in faith that I can stick with this blog.

I've been wrestling for now YEARS on telling myself that I'm a writer if only justifying it to myself. I've had several in the past, not making it more than ten posts, and then I'd get bored. Hopefully, this new inspiration will not putter out so quickly... but we will see. Inspiration is only part of it, now to the perspiration (aka the hard work!). How can I be a writer i…