Happy 40th Birthday Travis (a little late)

In honor of Travis turning 40 this last November, here are 40 things I love about him (in no particular order). Chime in on the comments section if you want to add more!

Travis you:
1) laugh-cry with Adam
2) put up with my travel itineraries
3) sing “yo ho yo ho, a pirate’s life for me” to Sophia just to make her smile
4) have nerf gun battles with the boys
5) dislike Monday holidays b/c they intrude on your “alone” day
6) read 7 books at a time
7) are passionate about your faith
8) tolerate my cats
9) fall asleep like *that*
10) listen to my heart
11) observe thoughtfully
12) speak truth
13) give second third and fourth chances to those around you
14) speak to people where they are at
15) think you’re awkward in a crowd but you look more comfortable than me most times
16) are always up for an adventure
17) see the big picture
18) are patient
19) share what’s on your heart
20) look hot in jeans
21) are strong
22) are respected
23) are admired
24) are humble
25) know your limits
26) can and will talk to anyone
27) have an amazing sense of direction
28) assume the best of others
29) are fascinated with communication gadgets
30) are smitten with your daughter
31) know your boys
32) are just a little bit competitive
33) talk smack at Giants games
34) know how to fix most if not all computer problems
35) tell good stories (fast kitty)
36) can pull a skit out of thin air
37) make amazing sand castles
38) are a breakfast chef extraordinaire
39) rarely complain
40) sleep like a log (and snore like a bear)
Here’s to 40 more years!


Keller on Love: It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of the person God is creating, and say, “I see who God is making you, and it excites me! I want to be part of that. I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to his throne. And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, “I always knew you could be like this. I got glimpses of it on earth but now look at you.” Tim Keller


Preparing for a sermon series we will be doing at Canyon Creek in the Winter. Got to the forth chapter of The Meaning of Marriage and was blown away by this articulation of pursing your spouse in marriage.

The Family




We are a family of five. Three are under the age of five. Life is a little crazy.

Our goal as parents is to grow our marriage through raising kids. This means that Adriane and I must work to stay on the same page as we raise our kids. I have heard this principle forever but I never understood how difficult it is and why it is so important.

As an example let’s take dinner time. Josh and I are quick eaters. We prefer to eat and bolt. Andrew and Adriane enjoy the meal and take their time. My wife also thinks hanging out at the table is a good time to connect as a family, and read the Action Bible together. Adriane thinks the meal is a social opportunity while I see it as a get in and get out event.

Now Adriane and I easily agree with the goals and I agree she is right about dinner being a good time to do it. I also don’t have a better suggestion about when these goals can get accomplished. So why do I resist?

I think if I am honest I love myself more than I love her. I love myself more than I love my kids. I love myself more than I love God. It is a condition of my own selfishness.

This is where my family becomes my teacher and my student body. They show me my brokenness and they give my an opportunity to model Christ. This is the moment I really teach them about my faith. When I fail I need their forgiveness and when I succeed I need to rejoice in knowing them better.

This is also why I love my wife and kids because they let me see how Jesus works in my life and loves me.

Monday Pictures

Here is a collection of Sophia Pictures over the past coupe of weeks.