For a majority of 2020, on top of the macro stresses we have all faced, there had been a steady build up of stress and feelings of entrapment in my life. I found myself overwhelmed with burdens and responsibilities I willingly took on in years past. Though not bad in themselves, and in fact serving a very important role in equipping our family for the future, they turned into weights on my soul, and no longer something I could manage. It was time to let them go. I took an overnight trip to the high country, dedicated to purposefully offloading...

My brain was going just about as fast as my minivan was down the Kansas interstate, which was roughly 80-85 miles per hour (the speed limit on I-70 is a wonderful 75mph). I was trying the best I could to not think about next year, about our building plans for our future home, all the things we'd need to do to get our small farm bed & breakfast up and running. Ideas, lists, to-do's were swirling through my head. So many ideas, and yet, an inability to start on any of them, because we are still in the period of...

I feel like someone out there needs to hear this today - Just because you are in a period of waiting, does not mean that nothing is happening. I was reflecting today on how differently my life looked a year ago. Nick and I were at a point where we knew where we wanted to be, where God was calling us, and the dream He had planted was burning inside my heart. But we were just...

The song "None But Jesus" by HIllsong United is on my heart today. I don’t know about you, but it’s been hard for me recently to find the quiet, the stillness. And yet I know it’s so good for me. Lord, help me today to return to that secret place of your presence. “Be still, and know that I am God.I will be exalted among the nations.I will be exalted in the earth!”Psalm 46:10 None But Jesus - Hillsong United In the quiet, in the stillnessI know that You are GodIn the secret of Your presenceI know there I am restored When...

I need and am passionate about finding true rest. When I was a bachelor, and even when I was newly married, I did not realize this about myself. However, when I entered the season of parenthood and took on the role of not just a husband, but a father and all the responsibilities that came with it, this part of my personality and character became apparent. Real, soul-satisfying rest was elusive and did not come naturally. I remember one time Christine and I discussing my commute to work. Her - “You are all alone in the car. You are not working,...

After living in Hong Kong for five years, moving our family to Nick's small hometown in Midwestern USA was exactly what we were looking for. In Hong Kong we had been starved for the time, energy & space necessary for growth. The city is extremely fast paced, a modern city on steroids, where the typical work day for Nick was 13 hours and all we could do was focus on making it through the day or week with two little children in a family-unfriendly city. Moving back to the US, specifically the area we chose, was no coincidence. Being the opposite of...

I remember hearing Nick talk about his family trips out to Colorado. They would road trip from home, find a good spot to camp, and would stay in tents for as long as his dad could manage to take off from work. They'd catch fish and make simple foods over campfires. They were some of the best vacations he could remember. When we moved back to the US after living in Hong Kong for five years, we were ready for a complete change in lifestyle. We had done the busy city life for too long (prior to Hong Kong we worked...