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2019 & 2020: Looking back and moving forward

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

That, in a nutshell, describes year 2019. We began the year navigating a super weird world of viral internet fame. Our stupid old van opened the door to a number of interesting opportunities. One such opportunity was authoring a book based on our adventures in our viral van. I wrote a rough draft, found someone crazy enough to publish it, and made plans to make it happen. 2019 was off to a weird, but great start. Then, we had a wedding. Mary got married. We laughed. We cried. We danced. Fun times. 2019 was rolling along just fine. As a family, we made a number of plans for the remainder of the year. We planned an epic road trip over the summer–up through Utah, Idaha, Wyoming, the Dakotas, and back to Amarillo. We planned a summer of weekly hangouts with our friends in the refugee community. We planned an office relocation. We planned a number of activities with our home church. We planned a couple home renovation projects. We planned a number of kids’ activities. We planned a 13th birthday getaway with one of our daughters. We had a lot of fun plans.

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The Struggle Bus Book Update

You guys, writing a book is hard work!

I completed the rough draft copy of the Struggle Bus book at the end of January and handed out copies to a few wonderful people. These wonderful people had a couple important jobs after reading my rough draft: 1) be honest with me as to whether or not I should move forward; and, 2) make sure that, if I move forward, nothing I wrote inadvertently brings shame upon my family.

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Rejection
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Rejection and Failure

I’m somewhere between a third and halfway done with my book project (shameless plug: sign up on the right side of this page to be notified when it’s ready). I’ll try to post an excerpt for the internet’s review next week. Writing a book is hard, you guys….but it’s also a lot of fun. I’m excited to finish the thing and see what the world thinks.

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Lessons from Kenya: helping

During our first trip to Kenya, I noticed that very few of the kids in the villages wore shoes. Thinking it would be a nice gesture to buy shoes for a few of of the kids, I asked our Kenyan guide where I could purchase some.

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Lessons from Kenya: action

I heard a story awhile back about a man by the name of Mohammad Yunus. I don’t recall the source, so I’m probably going to butcher the story and get a few of the facts wrong. Sorry. Hopefully you’ll get the gist of it.

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Lessons from Kenya: pride

Since we’ve recently returned from our trip, Kenya is fresh on my mind. People often ask us why we go. One reason is that is traveling has always been a uniquely educational experience for our family-particularly traveling to a land with a different culture. We all learn volumes about ourselves, our world, our priorities, and our faith every time we go. For those of you who are interested, I thought I would share a series of stories of lessons I’ve learned in Kenya over the years. These stories serve as the backstory to why we feel so tied to this place. Enjoy.

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Update on Isaiah

As word has gotten out about our week, it has gotten a bit challenging to return all the texts, messages, calls, etc. Sorry, everyone. So, I thought it might be more efficient to use this blog for one of its intended purposes: update family and friends on our little world. For those of you wondering, here’s a synopsis of our last few days:

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