Things about the Inauguration

Things about the Inauguration

Yesterday was a big day. We were going to watch the inauguration on the news channels we get here, but our electricity went out.

So we quickly jumped in the car and went to Starbucks to watch the live stream. The internet was choppy there, but we managed to listen to Obama’s speech.

When we got home, the electricity was back on so we could watch the rest of the coverage. I noticed some really great things about the inauguration of President Obama.

Here are some things I found interesting:

What were your favorite or most interesting things about yesterday? Leave a comment. I’d love to have a collection of great things about this memorable day.

Highlights from 2008

Highlights from 2008

As we get started with 2009, I can’t help but wonder how it can be better than 2008. A lot of great things happened last year, both in the ministry and in our family.

In case you just joined us on our journey here are some personal favorites from 2008.

2008 Highlights

2008 Mosaic

Top 10 Posts of 2008

It’s the end of the year, so I’m going to be posting some summary posts for the next few days. If you’re new around here, hopefully these will give you some new things to read. Thanks for reading this year and coming along with us on this journey.

According to statistics from Google Analytics, here are the top ten most visited posts for 2008 here at

  1. Free Easter Powerpoint Game
  2. 101 Things about Mexico
  3. Five Places to Visit in Downtown Mexico City
  4. Five Places to Visit in Downtown Mexico City Part 2
  5. Saturday’s Talk
  6. 15 Must See Places in Mexico City
  7. 25 Great Youth Ministry Blogs
  8. The Bible Illuminated
  9. Mexico City Images
  10. Mexican Subcultures
What We’ve Been Up To

What We’ve Been Up To

We’ve been back in Mexico for a few weeks now, and we’ve been pretty busy. The other day someone asked me what I’ve been doing.

I’ve been so busy that I couldn’t respond. After thinking it through, here’s what’s been keeping me occupied in the last few weeks:

  1. I went to the Dimension Juvenil youth ministry conference.
  2. A professor from Huntington University visited us. I invited her to teach in February here in Mexico City.
  3. Our youth group hosted a large concert at church (and a bigger concert coming this Sunday)
  4. I helped Huberto with the end of quarter at seminary (helping with exam, reviews, etc)
  5. I preached at a local church last Sunday for Seminary Anniversary
  6. I’ve been preparing for my class (syllabus, notes, etc)
  7. I’m finalizing details for class in December (visiting professor, syllabus, etc)
  8. I’m dreaming about something bigger and better for Youth Emphasis Week this coming February
  9. I’m putting together details to start a Certificate in Youth Ministry program (hopefully starting in January)
  10. I’m working with the seminary to begin a Master’s Degree in Youth Ministry (Starting as soon as possible)

Besides having a 3 month old and a 3 year old in the house (which is enough work by itself), I’ve been a little busy. There’s so much to do. Want to come help? We’re always looking for new teammates.

My 32nd Birthday

My 32nd Birthday

I celebrated my birthday on Wednesday. It was a good day. I went with some students to Starbucks (for a class), and they got me a cake. I spent a lot of the day working, and then at night, we went over to some missionary friends’ house for dinner.

Overall, it was a great day. Oh…and I got an iphone. It’s a 1st generation, but it was a great price. Basically, I’m going to be able to sell my old phone and make up most of the difference with that. I have such a great wife that would let me get it despite all the nagging I had been doing about wanting one.

The best gift I got for my birthday, though, was the card that Nathan made me. He painted Mickey Mouse on some construction paper, traced his hand print, and wrote the first three letters of his name. I loved it! He also cut out a heart and taped it onto the card. I love that kid.

Last night, we spent some time with Jon and Nicolle. It was Jon’s birthday on Wednesday, too, so we celebrated both of our birthdays last night, too.

I love October!