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28 August 2015


happiest birthday to this guy. There's no one else that I would more want to grow old with.

26 August 2015


Holliday Academy first day of school-
year 17

23 August 2015


Traveling is a brutality.
It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends.
You are constantly off balance.
Nothing is yours except the essential things:
air, sleep, dreams, sea, the sky.
All things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

- Cesare Pavese

(photo at a stormy sunset layover in Jacksonville, FL)


He used to have a note taped to his computer that read, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the existence of God.”
- Stephen Colbert in "The Late, Great, Stephen Colbert," GQ Magazine, August 17, 2015

21 August 2015


"If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look "little" or "big." 

- Elisabeth Elliot


love never fails.


There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
- G.K. Chesterton

19 August 2015


"As I sought clarity, answers, strategies, His favor, and divine appointments, God simply prompted me to ask myself: To whom should I surrender? I love the wisdom in this quote from C. S. Lewis that captures this truth:  “I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer.”

18 August 2015


The question he was asked nearly every day growing up-
"Are you the only boy?"
"No- there's my dad and my dog."
oh, life with these girls!

Happy birthday, James!
We love you.


home again, home again...

17 August 2015


Through the hardest parts of life and the most joyful ones; in the crazy-making seasons and the oasis-like breathers; in the stories that vex us, and the relationships that test us—you love us, will never leave us, and will complete us. Father, we praise, bless, and adore you. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ merciful and mighty name.
- from "Shutting Down Our Whines with Worship- Praying through Romans 8:31-37," by Scotty Smith, August 14, 2015

Thankful for an oasis-like breather in the crazy-making season and a few days with these people, most dear. Father, I praise, bless and adore you.


Sitting up top, majestic views and sun in my face, thinking, "This doesn't happen in the United States..."


Walking cobblestone streets before the town awakes.
Library kiosk in the plaza.
Cafe con leche.
I believe; help my unbelief!
Azure skies and white wisp clouds.
Hiking and views and surprise cornfields and donkeys.


The traveler sees what he sees. 
The tourists sees what he has come to see.
- G.K. Chesterton

12 August 2015


I thought that if I waited, the cotton might be picked before I got back. And so it turned into a race, to see if I could get the shot before the sun went down. As described by my passenger, that quest may have involved an unauthorized u-turn, hazard lights, and a car parked precarious angle on the shoulder of the road. But, we both got the shot.

I clicked and then stopped to really soak it in; the beauty of this life takes my breath away.


A mid-morning trip for a visa and early lunch in the streets of Nuevo Progreso.

09 August 2015


"Despite how it feels sometimes, freedom is not doing whatever we want to do, but in discovering how to #learntolovewhatmustbedone...within the confines of God's design and his provision. And in the Gospel, this is grace indeed: that Christ would rescue us from slavery to sin, and win us to the freedom to love what He loves. In the face of all that OVERWHELMS us + seems IMPOSSIBLE this week, we can know what it takes is not in how hard we can pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, but in the freedom we have to do what doesn't come naturally, but only by grace."

- from gracelaced on Instagram, 9August2015

08 August 2015


The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
-John 3:8

(taken during harvest at Texas South Wind Vineyard & Winery)


traveling down new roads...

07 August 2015


It seems like August afternoons are mostly about finding the coolest ways not to be bored. And yes, "coolest" can mean either in terms of temperature or in terms of excitement, depending on who you are...


Hot temps.
Cool Raspa Wednesday.

06 August 2015


breakfast tacos with bacon,


"A weevil is a type of beetle from the Curculionoidea superfamily. They are usually small, less than 6 mm (0.24 in), and herbivorous. Over 60,000 species are in several families, mostly in the family Curculionidae (the true weevils). Some other beetles, although not closely related, bear the name "weevil", such as the biscuit weevil (Stegobium paniceum), which belongs to the family Anobiidae."
- "Weevil," from Wikipedia


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christas a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
- Ephesians 1:3-10 (ESV)

(and thank you, Covenant Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas, for your gracious hospitality and very sweet fellowship!)