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Posts from 2019

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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 10:00
Back in April when Joel and I were discussing all of the reasons to come home for the summer, one…
Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 41/52 (+1 for the week) My mom bought a book with a family connection and it was awesome!…
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 21:29
While I don't believe wrath or anger is the worst of the sins, it's probably the deadliest,…
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 10:00
It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating Mother's Day, but somehow it's been over a month…
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00
Though Des Moines is relatively small compared to some American cities, this town boasts many of…
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:00
Yesterday I had the distinct privilege of preaching at my home church. While scripture reminds us…
Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 40/52 (+1 for the week) I purchased my first (and likely only) book for the year last week…
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:00
This week we celebrated a big holiday in my family - my brother's birthday! Just like me when it…
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 18:55
Last week I did my best to represent sloth, but this week we're talking about envy and jealousy -…
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 10:00
On the same day we went to the baseball game in the afternoon, we spent the evening at the zoo!…
Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:00
I don't think I could truly experience summer in the USA without enjoying one of America's favorite…
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 39/52 (+0 for the week) Well it's a good thing I did a bunch of extra reading earlier in…
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 10:00
After our amazing lunch at Dumpling Darling last week, my mom and I headed over to Des Moines' not…
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:46
As I mentioned before, gluttony is my favorite sin, and lust isn't really that bad of a sin, but…
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:00
Thanks to the generosity of my parents, I am getting to eat at restaurants more than Joel and I…
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 10:00
Our time back in Iowa is passing quickly, and we are doing so many fun things every day it's hard…
Monday, June 3, 2019 - 10:00
This sermon was preached at Center Chapel UMC in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday June 2, 2019. Thank you…
Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 39/52 (+0 for the week) I didn't get any reading done this week...but I have almost…
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:00
Today we have a guest post written by someone special to me - my very own father! This story of…
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 09:12
Lust is one of those 'deadly sins' that's more of a throwback to a bygone era.  Tell that to my…
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 10:00
If you have ever lived in Ames, or anywhere close to it, then I'm sure Hickory Park is not news to…
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 10:00
When we knew we would be back in Iowa for two months this summer, I reached out to my Iowa clergy…
Monday, May 27, 2019 - 10:00
In the United States, today (the last Monday in May) is a holiday known as Memorial Day. While some…
Sunday, May 26, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 39/52 (+1 for the week) I ended up skipping the book I couldn't make it through last week…
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:00
If you are unfamiliar with what the Special Olympics are, then I am pleased to introduce you to…
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 21:19
Anyone who has met me knows that I've had difficulties with weight. Actually, what I have issues…
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 10:00
Dear Class of 2019 (specifically Breezy, Morgan & Alexyss),  I want to share with you some…
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00
From riding in the countryside in France to now riding old familiar trails back in Iowa, 2019 has…
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:00
Since returning back to the States a week ago, we have indulged in many of the foods we missed…
Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 38/52 (+0 for the week) For the first time this year I did not get any books finished this…
Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:00
As I kid I always loved the book "The Secret Garden". Imagine my surprise and delight when as a…
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 08:57
This is it. The final installment of Future Sight. And it focuses on the end of civilization as we…
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 10:00
We are officially back in the States right now, but let's hop back over the pond for a minute to…
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:00
In a lucky turn of events, our trip back to the United States just happened to be two days before…
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:00
When last we left you, dear readers, we were in London for an unexpected day before our travels to…
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 10:00
Reading: 38/52 (+2 for the week) This week I devoured two novels that were easy reads, and a moving…
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:50
Terraforming has long been a topic of sci-fi stories. The idea is if we're going to live on another…
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:00
If traveling long term has taught me anything it's this - it is important to be flexible. Nowhere…
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:00
A couple of weeks ago, when we had a spell of nice weather, Joel and I went on a walk from our…
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 10:00
If there's one thing that most people know about me it's this: I love celebrating holidays. My…