Our Born Again Firstborn

The other day, Ben and I were driving around on some errands, and he started into his “God” line of questioning. The kids frequently ask questions about Jesus and God, and daddy’s grandpa — who died and is with Jesus. These are complex concepts to wrap around a 2 and 4-year old brain. How are…

DSLR

Nicole finally got her Christmas present last week. Thanks to her parents for pitching in, and a contest from work that provided some of the funds, she got the Digital SLR camera she’s been wanting for the past 5-6 years. It’s a Nikon D5000 12.3 megapixel that came with an 18-55mm lens. We originally had…

Not Moving

The parallel activity with buying a van was taking the house off the market. We maybe coulda just barely pulled off both a move and a new vehicle at the same time, but the two activities were intended to be in serial. Had God given us the OK to move to a bigger place in…

Our Swagger Wagon

After more than a week of research, following up numerous leads, and frequently being disappointed by just how shady used car salespeople can be, we finally narrowed our choices down to something we can live with. We wanted a vehicle that we could pay off in 3 years or less, with room for our family…

This Isn't Just Good-bye, This Is I Can't Stand You

Today we returned our 2007 Toyota Matrix. A lease, and not our most financially savvy acquisition. We assumed the lease to meet a need, and the vehicle did do that — a few needs, in fact, which we’re happy for. But we’re very happy now to see it gone. It was a “Toyota Racing Division”…

So I Tied an Onion to my Belt – 2010 Edition

Another year has passed, and as is my tradition, here comes my year-in-review of posts that marked some of our deepest thoughts, and biggest adventures. Its easy to look back on 2010 and feel underwhelmed — certainly we aren’t the same crazy, broke, adventurous kids we were when this blog first began. But to say…