Pictures from our trip to NM, TX, & CO

In no order…


A flower….


Beth’s cousin…


Beth’s other cousin…


On the river walk in San Antonio…


We all made these cool stepping stones for my grandparents garden (Daniels is the very left one, ours is not in this picture)…


My cousins.

A Good Trip…

So much for frequent updates…

We just got back from a week long trip to New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. It was a really good time away from normal life and doing something different for a while. The main reason for the trip was my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. We had a big family reunion kind of thing also, There were about 30 of us, including all my aunts, uncles, and cousins on my Dad’s side of the family. It was really good to see all of my family, particularly those that I don’t get to see very often. Beth finally got to meet everybody, I got to play soccer with my cousins…it was a good time. (by the way, if you’re interested in going on a little cruise check out my aunt and uncle’s little business they have at

We made a little side trip up to Denver to visit my brother and some of Beth’s family. Daniel is doing well, it was fun to see his apartment, and get to hang out with him for a while. We didn’t really get to spend any time in the mountains…next time…

Then on to San Antonio and Grace House. The dinner for Grace House went really well. They had around 600 people who came, and they made a lot of really good connections with people for the future, as well as raising a good amount of money for their new place. It was an honor to help out in some small way with the ministry they have. I spent the night doing tech stuff, and Beth helped out with registration and stuff like that.

We got to spend Friday as tourists. We went to the San Antonio Art Museum, the river walk, ate good food, hung out with fun people (including the very funny Kathy Law), and had a really good time….

Now its back to work….Ill get some pictures up sometime for you to see of our trip.

the LOVE house

I spent the holiday weekend with 5 amazing ladies – LOVE house ladies.

The LOVE house is a place I lived my last semester at Truman. We lived in this big white 2 story house a block off campus. It was called the LOVE house because that’s what our phone # spelled…. l-o-v-e. (you know, like 555-LOVE). It was one of the best semesters I had in college.

So those of us who lived in that house (with the exception of 2 very missed roomies) met in St. Louis and rented a hotel room. Some highlights of the trip were:

lots of laughing….
Mad About You…
hot tub time…
eating…..a lot.
spending an afternoon at a winery…
and best of all – “what’s really going on” sharing time.

It is a great thing to have friends who you feel safe with. Knowing they won’t judge…but love.

Thanks, ladies.


Praising the Protector

Many of you know that my brother is a Marine, serving in Iraq.  Last week he was injured when the vehicle he was driving was hit with a roadside bomb.  He seems to only have suffered a concussion, and is back with his unit already.


Join us as we praise God for his protection, and the protection of the other guy in his vehicle.  And please continue praying for his safety.  He is scheduled to return to the states in October.

on turning 26…..

So I had a birthday last week….and although Ben was out of town, it was a really great birthday. I turned 26, and to celebrate, I made curtains…and watched girly movies…it was great. And on my actual birthday, I felt loved and appreciated….which is what everyone should get on their birthday.

What’s a little strange to me was that turning 25 was pretty hard on me……really hard. (I kept saying that I was ‘practically 30.’)……but 26 was just no big deal…..just another year. Of course, I did just get an e-mail asking for my info because someone is getting things together for my 10 year high school reunion. Now that’s crazy. Hopefully I’ll finish graduate school by then. (It isn’t until 2008 for goodness sake!)

In other news…..we saw Shane & Shane last night. For free. In Siloam Springs. It was awesome. They’re such real, genuinely uninterested in fame guys…..they weren’t introduced (just started playing)….they played 3 songs back to back (so we couldn’t applaud between each one –in my opinion)…..and then ended with ‘O Come Let Us Adore Him,’ which they asked all of us to sing along to……then they just stopped playing before the song “ended” and we all just kept singing to finish it. That was it….no encore, no “hey look at us, we’re awesome”…..just giving it all back to the Lord. It was cool.

Crazy opportunities

I think that working at a camp brings a lot of opportunities that I would not otherwise have. It has something to do with meeting lots of people I think. So, this weekend I will be flying to San Antonio Texas to start working on a video for a fund raising event for a ministry called Grace House. This one is going to be crazy because it is long distance, and there is not a lot of time to get it all done. But it will be fun, and I get to travel a bit. The second opportunity that has come up is the possibility of doing some “teaching” at Grove A-schools in graphic design. Basically they are looking for a grant to do some graphic design instruction with their students. If they get the grant I will be doing 10 or so 4 hours classes with them over a semester, as well as some time here at the Ranch on the challenge course. I am excited about the idea of all of this…we will have to see how it turns out!

How did Beth start her morning?

1. A chocolate orange latte (with extra orange flavoring)

2. Kirk Franklin’s “Revolution” revolution.jpg

Why I love these 2 things:

While I used to strictly be a fan of the raspberry mocha (like since college days)….I tried the chocolate-orange combination one day and have never gone back. (except for when I make them at home b/c I only have raspberry syrup, not orange….yet.) And here is how my conversation with the lovely barista went this morning.

Her: “You know, we don’t have many chocolate-orange drinkers, but the ones that do, they hardly ever get anything else.”

Me: “I used to only get the raspberry mochas, but since I tried this, I don’t think I have ordered anything else since!”

Now, maybe this means I need to get out of my rut….. but I’d rather focus on the fact that I am not alone in my chocolate-orange obsession. thankyouverymuch.

Now, Mr. Franklin…..I know it’s way old school…..and I’m probably an even bigger dork for this one, but I LOVE this song! It’s what I run to (when I actually run)….I use it on my computer at work when I need a good kick to get busy working…..what can I say? It’s motivating…… Have you listened to it lately? Maybe you need to. J


It’s week8 at camp! The last week is always exciting, and hard at the same time. Be praying for our staff as they are tired and have been working hard all summer. I am kind of ready for summer to be over so I can start working on some big long term projects instead of lots of little stuff.  Here is a quick little picture tour of summer camp at NLR for those of you who have never come to visit.






Photo credit goes to Monica.


Recently I have started developing more of an interest in marketing. I think it is very interesting to try and understand how all the aspects of a business play into the success or failure of your product and your brand, and trying to understand how to leverage these things to your business advantage. In the end though I think it is very odd that I am interested in this kind of stuff because I tend to be kind of anti-media, anti-consumerism, and anti-stuff you don’t need. But at the same time I see a lot of power in the market place as a way to influence for good, and if you are going to use the economy we live in for good you have to understand it.

And in other news….we sold the Rodeo last night. I hope the new owners enjoy it!