Posted in life, Theology

Nehemiah Chapter One

The year was 1994 and I was 10 years old. My brother and sister – Aaron and Andrea –  (4 years old at the time) can attest to the fact that I used to hold “church” at home from time to time. One of my sermons was captured on our Fisher-Price tape cassette recorder. The long lost tape has been found and has been digitized. It contains a seven minute sermon on Nehemiah chapter 1 and three long minutes of worship music where you can clearly hear that it was never my calling to be a worship leader.

God used my own sermon to wake me out of funk in my early twenties. Even with Pastor Mark Driscoll yelling at me week after week, God used the realization that a 10 year-old Brandon was more fired up for Jesus than the twenty-something year old Brandon was. I am so grateful that we serve a patient God and so grateful that Jesus saved me as a young kid, so that the Holy Spirit could later use that young kid to remind me of Jesus’ grace in my life.

Posted in family, Julie, life

Road Trip to Boise

We took a road trip to Boise to visit Brandon’s parents over the long weekend for July 4th.  It was a great trip and a very eventful weekend for Julie.  Julie had a few firsts while we were in Boise, which we caught on camera.

Julie ate in a restaurant high chair for the first time, with the help of Grandma Paulette’s purse propping her up.  She liked to try to grab everything on the table, making things quite a challenge for our server.



We got some relaxing downtime.  Here’s Julie hanging out with Daddy.  We had a very busy weekend and poor Julie would fall asleep in the car just as we were arriving somewhere and we’d wake her up again.  She has been catching up on her sleep since arriving back home.

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She swam in a pool for the first time at Aunt Nicole’s new apartment.  She loved the water, and enjoyed making as big of splashes as she could.

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She also saw her first fireworks.

Julie hung out with her cousins.  It’s challenging to get a good picture of three kids under age 2.

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Here we are driving home with Julie Mae.

This is how Julie likes to nap in the car.

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