Category: Family

European Reflection

August 26, 2017
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The end of the summer is usually a time of reflection for me. I like to look back and reminisce on all of the special moments, trips we took as a family, personal growth and memories shared. Last year, our sweet Miles was born and during the summer we took him on a crazy trip to Europe when he was only 6 months old. I say crazy and I laugh a little because when I look back I have no idea how we managed to travel to 4 different countries with an infant. Really, who does that? Carrying a pump everywhere, dealing with major blow-outs on a plane, dragging all the luggage around plus a car seat and stroller and changing diapers on the floor of a restaurant’s restroom are just a few examples of the craziness that usually happens. However, putting all the trouble aside, we would do it all again in a heartbeat!

Journey towards joy

February 3, 2016
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As we approach the day our son arrives, I can’t help but feel this amazing sense of gratitude and excitement for what lies ahead of us.  There’s also some anxiety and a little bit of fear of the unknown, of course, so exercising trust has been a constant aspect of these final days of pregnancy.  Well, to be completely honest, exercising trust has been a constant practice throughout these whole 9 months.  For someone who has always struggled with fear, learning how to wait and relax in between doctors’ appointments and ultrasounds was somewhat challenging. Yet, it taught me that I’m not in control of anything and that the miracle of life doesn’t depend on any of us.  It’s simply that, a miracle, and it’s totally dependent upon grace.  But oh, how hard it was to let go and trust!  As each day passed with this new life growing inside of me, I was constantly reminded that it was okay to trust again, that it was okay to believe again, and finally give myself the chance to experience the joy of being pregnant again.

Our Oregon Trails

November 18, 2015
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Growing up as a kid, my favorite game on those little Mac PCs was “The Oregon Trail.” We played it at school and it was much harder to beat than say Mario Brothers (no offense).  Yet, in all my travels I never ventured out to Oregon.  Well, until now that is.  I had a conference back in August for work in Portland, so Deb and I decided to make our own Oregon Trail.  I had heard how beautiful Oregon was, how outdoorsy it was and blah blah, but none of it could really prepare me for how true all of it was.  People were outdoors everywhere, all over the state.  Hiking, biking, fishing, chilling, surfing, running… and it was more scenic than I could have ever imagined.

Anyway, instead of boring you with more words, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking… enjoy this very long post.

Our 2015 Brazilian adventure

July 29, 2015
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Jeremy and I have been fortunate to travel to so many wonderful places. I’m almost always excited about where we will go next, but there’s something special and different about Brazil. I still get a little nervous and nostalgic about traveling to Brazil because of the many memories of growing up there. Memories of my family, of its beautiful landscape, the amazing food, warm people, and the musical atmosphere.

Home

June 22, 2015
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Life is a collection of seasons and Deb and I find ourselves in the midst of a new season of life.  It’s been six months since our journey from McKinney to downtown Dallas; and in many ways we’ve had to begin anew.  New dwellings, new neighbors, new school, new church, new obstacles and new relationships being built; yet every day we find ourselves feeling more and more at home… So, with joy and fresh hope, we embrace all the challenges, opportunities and growth this new season has in store for us.