Family Life, General


It’s been awhile.

Shockingly seminary takes up a lot of time reading and writing, leaving little time to write blogs now.

I still want make this blog a regular thing, but for now school and wife are priorities. I have been taking a class looking at justification and the “new perspective on Paul” maybe I will distill my term paper for that into a post or two, because there haven’t been enough blog posts on that .

Wife’s new job is going well, and she is getting ready for the fall and more photo gigs. Check her site out here

Family Life, General, The Walk

Done with boring.

I have a list of goals for next year I wrote today. They are practical, attainable, and…boring.

I just tore them up.

I’m tired of boring. I’ve spent two years being safe, complacent, and invisible.

No more boring and attainable. This year it is scary, exciting, and impossible.

I don’t know what that means yet, but I’m praying about it.

What are you going to do this year?

Happy new year.

Family Life, General

New Adventures

My wife and I have talked recently about how it seems we have hit a point in our life where we have experienced enough life to figure out the things we love and are faced with infinite possibilities to pursue.

My wife is taking a leap chasing one of those possibilities, she’s starting a photography business. So let me introduce to you Tara Nichole Photography.

I realized Tara had a great eye when I was working as a video editor for a church. It seemed when Tara was behind the camera, she always caught a great angle. She seemed to really enjoy it. As she slowly grew into it, she realized how much she enjoyed doing photography. Doing the things God has designed you to do is exactly what being a living sacrifice is about. So thanks to my dad lending us his camera and letting us buy it from him eventually, Tara is starting to do personal and family lifestyle shoots, and is sharpening her skills as an event photographer.

Follow Tara Nichole Photography, check out some of her work, and think about contacting her to encourage or schedule a shoot in the Phoenix Area. – Facebook Fan Page – Twitter

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How do you decompress?

Life is hectic and stressful.

I have re-discovered something I love doing to decompress and have some time to just think and refresh.

I love working on cars. I have had a 65 mustang since I was 15 and a half, and spent most of my high school life working on it. It currently sits in my garage patiently waiting for me to finish school and be able to put in the time and effort to restore it. Since we have bought our house, I have rediscovered the joy of having my own garage to do work on, rather than paying someone else to do it. I recently did a bunch of repairs on both my truck and my wife’s car and it has been incredibly refreshing. It is a place where I can sit and figure out how to fix things, and it also brings me back to when I was a kid sitting in the garage with my dad learning how to do brakes, oil changes, and other maintenance.

In an effort to learn more about you dear reader, I would love to hear about what you do to decompress. Do you write? or thrift shop? What is it that you do that refreshes and refills you?

Please comment below, maybe I will find something else to do from your suggestions.

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First Dates

Eight years ago today (April 26) I was 17, and nervous. I was getting ready for my senior prom, what is usually the culmination of a period of life. Little did I know (well, maybe I had a little idea) that it was also the beginning of something major.

My senior prom was my first date with Tara, my wife. Although we had gone out before-hand, and gone to a casual dance at school, but my wife calls prom our first date. I still am not sure what the other nights out were, but apparently they were either not good enough/ fun enough to be counted as a date by my wife.

We went to dinner at the Top of the Rock with my best friends from my high school years, in fact, the guys that went with me to prom were all in my wedding four years later.

I was nervous, really nervous. It was the first of many times I saw her all dressed up, and I’m sure I had to scoop my jaw off the floor.

Eight years.

It feels like forever and yesterday.

She has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Needless to say, it was the best first date I ever went on.