There’s something special about gazing upon a multi-colored field of tulips, and then watching a frantic volunteer plead for a toddler to stop his rampage through said colorful field. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival officially runs from April 1st-April 30th and my wife and I ventured to Tulip Town (yes, there is an actual place … More Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Its probably around three or four in the morning when Spencer jolts me out of my light sleep next to him in the car. My head had been bobbing for the past two hours as he quietly muttered “The Charge of the Light Brigade” under his breath, but now a question crashes through the stillness. … More One Eye Part 1: What are we doing here?
Summer of 2014 James and I spent two months in Nepal. We spent our time exploring Kathmandu, and trekking throughout the Himalayan mountains. This video, which was recorded on my little brothers flip cam, is a small glimpse into our time there. God is pretty dang good. Switch the quality to 720 for best results.
We heard the same thing on repeat as we prepared for our trip: how are you going to share if you dont know the language? To which we would have replied with something along the lines of “We’ll figure it out.” The honest truth is we never really did. Even when people spoke English we … More Language Barriers
As I’ve recollected story after story from our time in Nepal, I found that many consist of how we got from place to place while we were there, and God’s faithfulness in keeping us alive. From walking up steep trails literally carved into cliff-sides to taking a small two propeller plane over a clouded Mt. … More Transportation: Nepali Style
We became quite familiar with the term Bideshi during our time in Nepal. It means foreigner, and unlike its Hispanic cousin “gringo” its not so much an insult and more a statement of fact. For us it became endearing. While we embarked into the “foothills” and jungle of Sankhuwasabha we found the term more elusive, … More There And Back Again: A Bideshi’s Tale
Some landscapes are so awe inspiring they cannot help but take your breath away. Magnificent peaks, towering waterfalls and a scale grander than any other mountain range in the world make the Himalayas a prime candidate for such an experience. The altitude helps as well. We made it folks. By the grace of God we … More Take Your Breath Away
Star Trek: Into Darkness stole my preferred title, so I’m a little bitter, but let me explain why it works so well. 1. Star: we are going with an All-Star trek duo, both our guides have a heart for evangelism and are Tibetan. The reason that’s important is because “Tibetans don’t let people die” which … More And Now: We Trek
Warning: this is a long post. Jet lag has a way of making you as tired as possible and allowing you to have the smallest amount of sleep possible. Our first full day in Kathmandu we wake up at 5 am, force ourselves back to bed and get up at 7:30. We continued our journey … More Kathmandu: Part 2
We made it, and boy let me tell you the last few days have been a whirlwind. We’ll catch you up to speed quick fast and in a hurry, just like Nepalis like to drive. Brutal would be a kind word to describe our layover in Dubai. 21 hours in that place, as city like … More Kathmandu: Part 1