a kiva christmas

December 24, 2008

When our oldest daughter turned five, we gave her money to loan on Kiva to begin teaching her about poverty and generosity. Her first loan was to a woman named Nkechi to help buy supplies for her paint shop in Nigeria. That loan was repaid about a year ago, so last January, Macey got to […]

housing update

July 3, 2008

One of these days, we might once again have a place we can call our own. Last week, the same day we left Seattle, someone looked at our house. They liked it enough to put an offer on it. After a few shenanigans, we reached an agreement at the end of the week. Monday, we […]

made it

June 25, 2008

I made it. Monday afternoon, I dropped the rest of my family off at the airport, and my dad and I started driving toward Texas. We finished the 35ish hours of driving late tonight (Wednesday). My butt hates me.


April 29, 2008

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get to climb on the bed with my two older kids for storytime. (Sometimes Max joins us too, but his newfound urge to grab whatever is in front of him can get a bit distracting.) I have discovered that there are some completely uninspired […]

out and about in austin, day 3

March 7, 2008

Some thoughts from our final day in Austin: We had lunch with John Berryhill from the Emerging Church Network. I met John in Austin a few years ago as he was helping to develop smaller faith communities throughout the city. I love his heart for cultivating churches that are meaningful for those who aren’t followers […]


November 17, 2007

oh boy

June 22, 2007

last week in numbers

May 7, 2007

6264 air miles traveled 7 nights in a hotel 398 pictures taken 4 theme parks visited 40 rides and attractions 8 naps taken by Ellie (she’s perfected the stroller nap) 1 nap taken by Macey 3 length in hours of nap taken by everyone but me the day after we got home 29 characters met […]

a microfinance birthday

March 23, 2007

Our delightful Macey turns 5 today. She is a typical preschooler who can be a rabble-rouser at times — like just now, when she stole a ball from her sister. But, one of the things we really appreciate is the big heart that she has. We want to help develop that in whatever way we […]


March 22, 2007

I would like to introduce you to that tiny little speck in the middle of the picture. Right now s/he is only 3 millimeters long, but will s/he will grow about 20 or so inches before bursting on the scene in mid-November. Mommy & Daddy were a little surprised at first…they quickly got excited. Macey […]

twenty miles bigger

January 7, 2007

For over a year, Macey and I have been having existential debates about which of us loves the other more. (They probably aren’t really existential, but that seemed like an important enough word to capture the importance of these discussions.) These discussions go back to the great “as big as I am” debate of September […]

the family blog

December 27, 2006

Our family blog was pretty much dormant for the fall until we finally added a post a few days ago. Hopefully it will be active again in the months to come as I think I’ve finally found a setup that will work for Sherri to post without having to jump through a bunch of technical […]

merry christmas

December 25, 2006

(Sherri posted about this picture over on our (newly resurrected) family blog.)

an afternoon in austin

December 23, 2006

Our family drove up to Austin this afternoon to hang out with the Marlow family. It felt just like we were back in Seattle with them again…especially since it was overcast and rainy all day. (Before we met the Marlows we were able to get some ice skating in at an outdoor rink at Whole […]

we made it

December 20, 2006

the nightmare before christmas

December 20, 2006

This journey is far from over…but we hardly remember how it began. We pulled out of our driveway at 11:30 this morning. Wait…yesterday morning. The plan was that we would be safely in Austin by 11:30pm…that was almost three hours ago. Everything seemed fine as we checked into the airport in Seattle. Our connection was […]

who’s in charge here, anyway?

December 15, 2006

Today was supposed to be one of the highlights of Macey’s year. Last year, we took her to the outdoor ice rink in Bellevue park, and she loved it. She’s been talking about it all year. Today was supposed to be the return trip, along with maybe a visit to Santa in the mall, and […]