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Sabbatical Week 1

Here is a video update of what we have been doing as a family while on sabbatical. Hope that you all enjoy.


Augustine the Rat, RIP (2006-2008)

Augustine the Rat officially passed away today. For those of you who don’t know, this is not a joke, we really have owned a pet rat for the last two years. There was some amount of irony involved from the beginning due to the fact that Steph brought him home after our cat passed away. Replacing a cat with a rat, I always found that amusing. The kids are rather sad, Steph cried, and I even found myself a little emotional. Okay, I’ll admit it, I loved that rat and I am not ashamed to say so. He was probably the most amazing pet we’ve ever had. He knew his name, would sit on your shoulder and sniff your ear, stand on his hind legs and beg for cheese…all of things rats are supposed to do. Plus, I loved the way that he would freak people out when they would come over. No one was ever quite the same after meeting Augustine. So tonight we as a family say goodbye to the coolest rat we’ve ever known, Augustine, RIP…

My Blogging Wife

Well, it is official. My wife has started her first blog. I am not sure what this means for our relationship, but I think that I definitely approve. Here is the link to check out her first post in the blogging world or I put her name on the left side of the page.

A Couple of Days of Rest…

Well, as of tomorrow morning Chase and I are heading to Hunnewell Lake for a couple of days of camping and fishing. I must admit that I am looking forward to a few days of rest and father/son time before the mission trip next week. Speaking of the mission trip, I am going to strive to post each day of the trip so that everyone can keep track of what is occurring. Until then, pray for no bugs, no sunburn, and lots of fish!

A Simpler Time

I wanted to share this picture with everyone. As you can see it was certainly not taken in the last few years. Actually, I am not sure of the date on the picture, only who is in the picture. The young girl is my Aunt Patty and the boy who looks as if he is having the time of his life is my dad. What a great example of what I might refer to here as a “simpler time.” Not simple in a negative way, but simple in a good way. You know what I mean. We all long for our lives to be simple, yet somewhere along the way they become complicated, busy, scheduled, and maybe even a little frustrating. We all long for a return to the unbridled, innocent joys of childhood. For a time when nothing mattered but playing until the sun went down. Where a chocolate chip cookie and a glass of milk could fix any problem. When we definitely found it much easier to get a good night’s rest. Oh what I would give to sleep as heavy and peaceful as my one year old! I admit it. I am envious. Pictures like these stir up good memories and they encourage me towards the joy that we will someday experience with our Father in heaven. Have you stopped lately to imagine what heaven will be like? No deadlines. No complicated relationships. No packed schedules with scarcely a moment to breathe. No cell phones, PDA’s, e-mail, text messaging, or voice mail! Can I get an ‘amen’ to that? Maybe it is time for us to slow down a little, take a look around, and remember why it is we are really here. The Father took great joy in creating us and great pains to redeem us while we were still dead in our sins. The Father is the One who pursued us, found us, and restored and gave new meaning to the word ‘joy’ in our lives. And it is pictures like this one that stirs up that joy somewhere deep in our hearts, brings it right to the surface, holds it there until God once again gets our perspective focused on what matters most. A simple relationship with a simple result.