my jelly donut

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Jelly Donuts

There are a lot of questions in life without answers. One of my favorite sayings is “God is God; I am not.” People, amidst difficult and despondent situations, tend to ask, “Why would God allow this (bad/wrong/evil) to happen?” Or they take the situation and validate their own belief, their guess, that there is no God since this “bad/evil” has happened. We live in a world full of evil people! Therefore, we see and experience evil things. We live amongst the corrupt and greedy. Look … Read More

week one, again

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Jane Baby

It seems like, not that long ago, I was typing about our first week with Baby Mac in baby mac, week one. Now, it has been one week with two-year-old Mac and one-week-old Baby Jane; our little family of four. I was changing one of Baby Jane’s poopy diapers. If you recall, or know from personal experience, these first days bring some interesting scrap material from out of the baby. At first, God shows off his creativity by filling the baby, poop ready, with sticky … Read More

coffee shop

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Coffee Shop

My Coffee Shop: I drink coffee. Back then, any coffee would do; usually 7-Eleven or McDonalds (open late/early). Even then, I did not like Starbucks (although, I admit, I gave them plenty of opportunities). I could tolerate CoffeeBean; it was mediocre. For some reason, I would always put my cup of coffee into another cup (“double cup”) instead of getting a sleeve. Couldn’t tell you why, but, it did become habit. After moving within walking distance of Old Town’s Element Coffee, I obviously, at some … Read More

lessons at two

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Two-year-old Mac

Baby Mac, if you have been paying attention, is no longer a baby. Mac is almost two. Toddler Mac is an amazing little guy, full of surprises, humor, love, strength, wits, wisdom and sin. Adam and Eve sinned. “…she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” I am a sinner. “…there is none who does good, not even one.” God responds. To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your … Read More

you want to do what

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Mac in London

I decided when I was seventeen years old; I wanted to go to Australia, to a discipleship training school. The reaction, “You want to do what?” After working in the marketing and advertising world for four years, I decided I wanted to get into law enforcement. I heard it loudly, “You want to do what?” I say loudly because it rang like a bell in my ear. I met Kelli. Eight months, I bought a ring. Eight more months, I proposed. When I talked with … Read More

the first year

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Mac's 1st birthday party

I hear people say things like, “Life is tough,” “I had a long day,” “I’m really struggling with…” “I don’t know if we can afford that,” “I can never forgive you for…” and in my line of work, “I don’t know if I can take it anymore,” and even “I want to die.” I will agree with the last one, but not for the same reasons I hear at work. I would love to die and live forever. I know one day I will. I … Read More

the first month

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Ventura Blvd. in Old Town, Camarillo

Mac is one… One month that is. I thought this article would be about Mac, and about how much he has enriched our lives this last month. Instead, as I write, I think this article will actually focus on this last month and how enriched our lives have been not only because of Mac, but because of the many blessings God has given us. Our new home In the late summer of last year, shortly after Kelli and I discovered we would be becoming parents, … Read More

mac’s first bath

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Mac's first bath

Mac pooped. It was a lot of poop. The gold and yellow, mildly pungent, creamy yet grainy substance decided it necessary to make its way out of Mac’s diaper; tantamount to squishing an overripe plum in your hand, the bodily excrement oozed out, spreading in all imaginable directions. Bowel movement; yes, definitely a movement. The movement began to spread like hot liquid magma bursting out of the earth. The lava poop rushed down with the force of gravity, staining everything in its path. The poop … Read More

baby mac, week two

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Baby Mac - Two weeks old

Praise God that Kelli and I were born to extraordinary families. Praise God for all of you, our friends and family, who truly enrich our lives. The last two weeks with Mac, and seeing the whole pregnancy and birth process, really makes me think about my parents and about how amazing (and slightly humorous) God is and can be. Time permitting, and if you chose to humor me, please read this somewhat lengthier email about Mac, Kelli, and me.  I think this will be my … Read More