Scenes While Walking in the Morning

I was telling Allison that we live in the best type of neighborhood. Every house has the same basic “L” shape which is weird and charming in a way. If I get up and walk in the morning I see the old people enjoying the relative coolness on their front porches, smoking cigarettes and just watching the people pass. They all wave. I can go around a corner and someone has a yard full of lawn decorations or lots of potted planted that bring them pleasure. There is no HOA to stop them from enjoying themselves with their own style. No one is super poor. No one appears very rich. Everyone is very common in the very best way. We have people from Mexico, African Americans, Asians, and white Americans living together looking for the American dream as best it exists. I am so thankful to First Baptist Church Richardson that let us rent this house for the past 7 months. It was the greatest of blessings to us!

We leave for Africa tomorrow! We will let you know how it is on the other side of the world in a few days.


I remember when they used to try and make minivans look like custom vans. I drove one of them to my Senior prom with 5 good friends. Forget the Limo. Go in a custom mini van!


Clearly this person loves to grow plants!

Found while Surfing

I found this article while surfing the internet. Reading Wars by Philip Yancey. It reminded me of a recommendation for a book called The Shallows. What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, but I have been too busy reading articles and following click bait to read it. Now I can blame being busy on packing as the root of all evil. But having all of that admitted, I do think I should spend more time reading. I hope my sons are reading this article. I have written it short so they will not click away before they get to the end unless hopefully they follow the first link above. šŸ˜‰ The first paragraph of Philip Yancey’s article is below to get a sense of what he communicates.

Books help define who I am. They have ushered me on a journey of faith, have introduced me to the wonders of science and the natural world, have informed me about issues such as justice and race. More, they have been a source of delight and adventure and beauty, opening windows to a reality I would not otherwise know.

My crisis consists in the fact that I am describing my past, not my present.

We leave for Africa in 6 days and we are running out of space in our suitcases!


El CumpleaƱos de Pedro

We celebrated at our favorite chicken dinner restaurant. Peter is a strong, musical, thoughtful, and sensitive young man. We are proud of him! Happy Birthday Peter! We are proud of you!

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Feliz cumpleaƱos Peter!

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Only in America

Only 10 more days until we leave. QT has become one of my favorite places. If you don’t know why you haven’t been. QuikTrip has been my friend through many thousands of miles of travel over the past six months. And I will miss her and her many coffees, breakfast foods, hot dog variations, slushes, slurpees, candies, hot foods, cold foods, ice cream variations, huge fountain drinks, and friendly staff. Good bye QuikTrip. Goodbye.

Holding tight . . .

to the last days of summer in Dallas! I haven’t felt heat like this in years. With 11 days to go we will try to enjoy it deeply even while we pack. I hope you are enjoying your own summer!

Thankful for grandparent’s pools.

Big Trees and Big Views

We will leave for Kenya in 2 weeks. We are enjoying America until then. Actually we enjoyed it already. Now for two weeks of packing. . . . I like the last picture. I imagine Allison is checking the internet to be sure we have everything in the bear box that should go there, but she is probably playing Sudoku.

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Largest tree in the world!

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Allison and camping.

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