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last day in california

March 7, 2008

today is my last day out here. it’s been the most intellectually stretching time of my life and i’m so grateful for the opportunity. i’m also super pumped about getting back home and seeing dawn and having life together with her again. however, i will miss a few things about so cal… sunshine temps in […]


January 30, 2008

relationships need time for talking.  honest and open talking.  when we do, we realize what needs to be worked on, what we have in common and where things are heading. and the hurt that sometimes comes out in talking is much better than the hurt that stays buried when we don’t. when each person in […]

quality relationships, quality days

November 7, 2007

monday was a tough day. a few close relationships [no, not dawn] got a bit strained. not to the breaking point, but just bumps in the road where they weren’t expected and that added to some stress that was already there.  not great timing when you’re trying to figure out how to speak to a […]

driving to dordt

October 31, 2007

after an evening of insomnia and worrying about how poorly i take care of myself, [all of which means not much sleep] i’m off this morning to pella and then to dordt college! it’s been about two years since i’ve been to pella and at least 6 years since visiting dordt. it’s a visit to […]

old timer

August 2, 2007

i was talking to a friend brian today sensed the call out of youth ministry a few years ago.  it was great to catch up and hear how his life and family are doing.  but it made me realize that i’m a long, long, long term youth pastor now since so many leave ministry every […]

farewell my friends!

June 1, 2007

last night holland christian had their graduation after party. tuba and i were there as the first aid guys. i got home at 5:15 am just in time to see dawn get ready for school.  so after 5 hours of sleep i’m trapped by lethargicness [not a real word] on the couch not wanting to […]

goin’ to carolina

April 16, 2007

  5 am is early but that’s when i’m getting up to head off to north carolina for the next few days. it’s a scouting trip to franklin, which is in the far western end of carolina near tennesse.  it’s a trip to check out the appalacian trail, smoky mountain national park and some whitewater […]

will someone please say no!

April 9, 2007

life and behavior is getting more and more ridiculous by the day! what am i talking about? the secret but not so secret life my students and their friends are living.  maybe it’s just that i’m really sensitive to it right now because everyone is home from spring break and posting pictures. maybe i shouldn’t […]


March 28, 2007

so tomorrow i’m going offline for 48 hours or so. why? because i’m fleeing my own home. yes, you read it right, fleeing! dawn is having her former small group girls over for a slumber party and i’m gettin’ outta dodge. 6 college freshman girls and dawn doing heavens knows what girlie things. not a […]

liveCHRIST together

March 27, 2007

what does sharing our lives together look like? [not just dawn and i] 1 thessalonians 2:8 we loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us. in looking at the different translations of […]