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Spent some time with my bride last night as we celebrated 12 years of marriage. We headed to Moonshine for dinner and then to Caffé Medici for a latte. Its quite surprising how we seldom spend one-on-one time these days. With work, church, kids and community its rare to find moments to connect.

Much of the conversation was about the future. But we also discussed the past few years. It seems like we sold everything and moved from Raleigh forever ago; but its only been two years. We headed cross-country on a family road trip and then settled in Seattle. Long story short we decided to head back to Texas after 2 months and then landed in Austin.

We only knew two people, had no jobs and life was pretty stressful. But within 6-months we were able to get back on our feet and and get our lives moving in the right direction. Necole and I  now have a defined pathway that is very clear now, we are no longer restless souls (well, that may be wrong) but focused on living the next 30 + (or whatever God allows) years on raising a great family, living for God, fighting global poverty and creating a church community that simply desires to serve their generation and share the story of Jesus. We also have some great business idea’s that we hope will create some financial freedom and propel us on our mission.

To top it off we now have our “core” family living 5-minutes from us and a great community that cares for us. I say all that to say this: sometimes you just have to trust God and go with your gut. 

it even gets better with the Red Sox winning last year…To bad the Lakers had to ruin the storybook ending by losing to the Celtics of all teams. I guess you can’t win them all. 





The funeral yesterday went well-very well. I think I brought hope as I articulated the gospel. Most of these folks were “good ‘ ole boys” from Texas. The funeral director kept asking me if I was a “real” pastor. 🙂

“Son, you’re a pastor in Austin. Like, you speak on Sunday, or do you just attend the church?”

Anyhow thanks for the prayers and advice. They were helpful.

I think this past year I’ve really understood the complexities of being a pastor.  You have to know so much about a lot of vital aspects in life. Think about it…A pastor has to be good at speaking, counseling, organizational leadership, team building, vision casting, staff management, budgeting, leadership development, cultural engagement, theology, missional activity etc.  The list could go on-and-on.

Usually we have to be good at all that plus lack major resources and education. What seminaries teach you all of the above? NONE!

I would like to dig deeper into this, who knows what we may uncover. And how do we really use our congregation to do the things that they are good at? But through the lens of theology and mission and without burning them out?

BTW-Thank God I’m not really leading the church…Jesus is the lead pastor. Now if he could only run staffing meeting 🙂

A few months ago I challenged Bailey to give away her money to someone in need. I set some educational goals and every time she met the goal she was rewarded. Well she made every goal every week. Therefore she had close to $100 in the pig.

I told her that she could help a family in need. We researched Kiva and I helped educate her in the reality of world poverty. She was moved to action and she gave $25 to a local African entrepreneur. Last week that loan was paid-in-full. Now we get to do another loan.

It’s a small way to help shape our kids to be generous and to really practically help someone who is motivated and has dreams but they need some initial help.

I took some pictures of Bailey this morning. She is on the balcony reading Narnia.



This is Bailey reading a book about U2


I do my best to make sure my girls have good taste. Although when I was showing her pics of U2 she was like, “hey those cats are old,” and “what’s up with their hair.”

While she was looking at the concert photos she was amazed with how many people were in the crowd. Then she asked me why that many people did not come to hear me preach 🙂

So in just two days I will head off to Africa. My family is not doing real well with me leaving for ten days and all. Bailey has brought home countless number of books from the library where she informs me of all the dangerous animals in Africa and then she tries to convince me to stay home.

So tonight while eating some pizza this is what she draws me:

Dad please don’t go to Africa, but if you have to go have lots of fun, but please don’t go cause I’m going to miss you, but if you do go have lots of fun and help people.”


The Marlow’s love our pup. Boxer’s are awesome dogs. So loyal and easy to train. The past hour the girls and Belle have been playing in their bedroom. If you could only hear what I hear you would laugh out-loud. Yelling, screaming, laughing, barking, banging…

Rumor has it the Wade’s are now officially Belle’s God-parents. Is that true?

Here is an updated pic.dsc02910.JPG

We made it back to Austin. Yes we are happy to be home. Fun times hanging with family and friends. But it always feels good to be back in Austin.

Props to the Wade’s for taking care of Belle. Scotty taught Belle some computer skills while we were out.


Later this afternoon we will pack up the family and head to Dallas for the weekend. I will be officiating my sister-in-laws wedding tomorrow night. Looking forward to hanging out with some friends and catching up. We have family & friends coming in from out-of-state so that should be fun, or maybe not. I guess we shall see.

So the guitar finally arrived yesterday. The saga is over. Here is a clip of Bailey getting the guitar. She thinks it’s hair products for Necole. I would suggest you fast forward 40 seconds.

Bailey is watching TV. She sees a cat and bird playing around in the grass. She says, “ah dad, this cat and bird they are playing together, how cute..They are kissing, and hugging.” (giggles and smiles and little girl sayings).Then she says, “dad, the cat just hurt his friend the bird, oh, oh oh DAD look, LOOK DAD, I think, I think the cat is eating the bird…Moans, cries, tears, screaming.” “Dad, why is the cat being mean to the bird? that is soooooo wrong. We got to stop it dad.” “That is so gross, the bird is bloody, yuck!” Welcome to my world.