The Great Adventure to Bahrain Launches

- There she goes!! Just a heads-up - this post is going to be convoluted. Lots of moving parts; many places where I could go down a rabbit hole; much potential for rant. But I won't rant, much, or at least I will try to avoid it. First, do you remember when air travel was …

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Travel, learning, humility, isolation, and “The Asocial Network”

- so many flags, so many nations, so many people we can learn from There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God …

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Sunday my heart was torn – but also filled with peace

- last view from Wild Bird I was not nearly ready to leave the mountains Sunday morning. But Rebekah and I needed to make our way to Washington for a family funeral, and we did enjoy beautiful scenery all along the way. We left our peaceful retreat at Wild Bird fairly early, making our way …

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Parkway vistas and Mingo Falls

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain... when the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” "Psalm 11:1,3 Saturday morning’s mountain expedition was the stunning Mingo Falls in the Qualla Boundary, near Cherokee. First, up 162 steps to the trail, …

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A deep breath in the North Carolina mountains

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;    I will be exalted among the nations,    I will be exalted in the earth.”11 The Lord Almighty is with us;    the God of Jacob is our fortress.Psalm 46:10-11 Big deep breath. Here we go. Take it in. Let it out. And another. Yes. I can almost taste the sweetness. Mountain air is so …

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We are thrilled that Andrew and Alicia are safely in their new home

- Manama, Bahrain Do not remember the former things,    or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing;    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?I will make a way in the wilderness    and rivers in the desert.Isaiah 43:18-19 So this past weekend, while we were busy getting Rebekah into retirement, our Dresden …

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New Passports, Global Citizenship, & this Wide and Beautiful World

One of the many projects on my desk at the moment is the passport renewal application for both me and Rebekah. I know we're not going anywhere any time soon - not even to the beach or the mountains - but it seems wrong somehow not to be equipped and ready. Other pressing details include …

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Photo Friday Brings the Sunshine! (plus a little nostalgia…)

- David and Beks enjoying "winter" on their favorite Miami beach (image by Naomi Campbell) “But ask the animals, and they will teach you,    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,    or let the fish in the sea inform you.9 Which of all these does not …

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A deep breath and a walk on the beach (Vacation 2020)

Early morning walk in New Bern Monday I wanted to wake up early and take a long walk before breakfast, to make the most of the limited vacation hours. But it turns out a little extra sleep was on the agenda and by the time I got outside it was already hot (I'm not exactly …

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Finally, a couple of days out of town (“Bern”ing up in NC)

Making our Escape! Don't get the wrong idea, we love living in North Carolina. Our neighborhood is a picture perfect community, the church here is full with people we love dearly, and Wake Forest is home in every way. However, Rebekah and I simply had to make tracks out of town at least for a …

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