big drink

(true story this past week when returning home from VBS)


julia (5yr): dad, can I have a drink of water when we get home?

dad: maybe a little drink but not a big one because it’s almost bed time and we don’t want you to have an accident.

julia: but dad, at night I pray to Jesus and he wakes me up to go to the bathroom in the morning.

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weddings ROCK

in our recent podcast we stated that divorce sucks, on the other end of the spectrum; weddings ROCK! i came across the video below via @youcanknowgod on twitter (great twitter name btw).

i love the fact that this couple took the time to be so fun, creative and original to begin their wedding. but more importantly to begin their marriage. my prayer for them is that they would continue to put that much time, effort, creativity and fun in their marriage in the days, months, and years to come.

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Little Rock pt. 2

my previous post concerning our recent trip to Little Rock described what happened, a sorta timeline of actual events. this post will instead concentrate on my (abe) mental, emotional, and spiritual journey leading up to and while there.


[in case you’re wondering what FamilyLife’s decision is about us joining staff: sorry, we can’t tell you yet via this blog or anything else public on the inter-webs until July 1st. if you really wanna know call, text, or email me, or actually come over and visit in person, what a concept.]

our story with the Ministry of FamilyLife begins as far as I can remember in 1999. deb and I had only been married for a couple months when we were given a scholarship to attend a Weekend to Remember conference in Bellevue, WA. i was finishing up my senior year of college and deb still had another year till she finished up her AA. we were both working at a daycare not too far from the college and i wasn’t really sure what i wanted to do with our lives after i graduated. i had gone to school and gotten a BA in Biblical Literature. i knew that i was called to do full time ministry, but what i wasn’t sure of was where, how, or what?

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yeah, 5

i’m not sure what words could add to the smile of the birthday girl herself. personally for the past few weeks i’ve just been marveling at how much you’ve grown. you’re body’s getting taller, your thoughts and emotions are maturing. and even though to me you’ll always be my little girl, i think you’re gonna make a great BIG girl. 🙂

i love you Julia, happy birthday!!

absolutely full of joy…
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for more photos from our “spring portrait extravaganza” of our whole family visit our mobileme web gallery.

family picture day

this past tuesday I took the day off to spend a day with the family. we decided to take family pictures. our last set of family pics we did when deb was still pregnant with the twins, so we decided it was about time we welcomed them to our family portraits. also the last time we took pics they were more dressed up and looked like they were from a studio (actually it was just a bed sheet hung up in our living room). so this time we decided to go more casual. we all wore hoodies and headed for a local park. deb’s mom told her about an orchard near her home that had some pretty fall leaves still on them. when we drove by we thought it was the perfect place. so we just pulled over, set up the tripod and clicked away. here’s one of the pics I took on my iPhone. below you’ll find a link to more pics from our 300+ photoshoot. flickr set iWeb set

one week

it’s amazing the difference a week can make. i’ve been at my new job at efcom for a little over a week now.

so what’s so different. for one, i actually like going to work now. and if some one asked i’d even say i love my job now. for those who don’t know, efcom is an Apple Reseller and Service company in yakima. and if you’ve known me very long you know that i like computers. but not just any computers, Apple computers. so to get to come to work and help others with their computer issues or helping them make up their mind about which mac to buy is just awesome. i’ve been doing that for years already and now i get paid to do it.

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the saga of our camera

so over a month ago our church held an outreach in the park. we actually held two; one for kids at one park, and one for teens at another park. we had great fun interacting with our community, mostly people that wouldn’t normally come to our church. and we also enjoyed hosting two ministry teams from Northwest University. Deb and I dressed up as clowns, it was great.

there was only one problem … we lost our camera. this was a real bummer for me personally because i had lost (or had stolen) my new black iPod nano earlier in the week. i had only gotten it about 2 weeks before from ebay.

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