Easter Trip

Made a quick Easter trip down to Las Vegas to visit my Uncle Jon and Aunt Miyuki.

Woke up early Saturday to fly through Utah and get there about 10 am. We stopped by a car show and then drove down to Death Valley.

Sunday, we enjoyed a buffet at one of the casinos on the strip before heading to the Grand Canyon.

Monday, Jon and I hiked about 4 hours near their house at Turtle Peak.

Tuesday – we stopped by Lake Mead, but didn’t end up going to see it since traffic was pretty packed and I had a flight to catch.



During the CityLight Sports basketball season, I’ve been helping to get the church changed from a basketball court to a place folks come to worship the Lord. This last Saturday was the last time since the season is now over. I actually don’t know what I’m going to do with all that free time I will have Saturday afternoon (suggestions welcome).

Caleb and I got to hang out for a little bit after and this was just a great pic of him. He’s a busy dude and this captures that 🙌🏼


Props to ESV.org

The other day, I was being lazy and didn’t want to go up to my room to get my HCSB Study Bible to look on something. I remembered that I used to have an ESV Study Bible that came with access to an online tool, so I reset my password to the site (since it had been about 6 years) and to my surprise the site was BEAUTIFUL!!!! It is so well designed for a Bible website. I love how the study section on the right column moves when I am reading the Bible in the left column. They keep it simple with just 3 colors to highlight, let you take a note, favorite, share, bookmark, and copy. In the settings, you can change the look of the site by turning on/off headers, verse number, red letters, etc and you can also do the same for how you want it to look when you copy.

Great work to the team that created this site 🙌🏼🎉


Thankfulness Update for February

I’ve been super thankful the last month for:

  1. The weather. I work near a little forest area and was able to get in some prayer walks over my lunch.
  2. The Hurd Fam. Thankful for that family and just how great they are to hang out with (also for all the great food that ends up being made. Below is our french dip we made the other night)00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180305112949819_COVER.jpg
  3. My nephews. Julian turned 11 last month (WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW!) and the photo below he was supposed to be teaching me how to play Halo, but the 4-year-old decided I wasn’t ready for Julian to train me and needed to start out with him. He was NOT impressed with my skills and repeatedly pointed to the right trigger button to let me know that is how I shoot. IMG_20180227_182551.jpg
  4. I am trying to use a budget app again. In the past, I’ve not liked anything out there, but I am really liking Empower from the good folks at empower.me. I will be able to pay Jill for my trip to Michigan in a couple days now!

I will hopefully do this a reoccurring post each month. It will be fun to look back on what I was thankful for in the upcoming years!



How I make my Aeropress coffee

I’m not a coffee professional, the way I explain how I use my Aeropress is more in line with how someone from a small town will give directions “take a left at the old gas station”.

Enjoy anyways!

  1. Start with boiling the water, it will usually be done by the time you do the other stuff. I boil to anywhere between 200-210 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m sure that’s a big difference, but I can’t taste the difference and some days I’m not patient enough to wait for it to get hotter.
  2. Weigh the beans. 16 grams of good coffee is my sweet spot.  I use mistobox to get some delicious beans every couple weeks. The link is a promo code for both of us to get $10 off.00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219083635408.jpg
  3. Grind the beans. Today I was using this grinder and I put the dial as shown in the photo. I don’t know if that’s where the coffee folks would say to put it, but it always seems to come out tasty for me when I do it there. 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219083700709.jpg
  4. I go back and forth on this, but today I put the cap & filter on the Aeropress first and then flipped it on to my cup. Then I put in the beans and filled the water to the 4 line and stirred (when you stir some will go into the cup). 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219083942662.jpg
  5. Then I put on this part to give it a seal for about 30 seconds. I then take it off (I got tired of taking photos, so no photo of me taking this off) and give it one more stir, before I plunge it all the way down to let out the coffee. 00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180219084005249_COVER.jpg
  6. My last step is that I add a little bit of the hot water to the coffee, otherwise I think it’s too strong. 00000PORTRAIT_00000_BURST20180219084158358.jpg



Side Mirror Replacement [Finally]

I *FINALLY* replaced my driver side mirror on my car today.

About 3 or 4 years ago, I went on a trip to Jamaica and when I got back home, my car (which was in the garage the whole trip) somehow managed to have the driver side mirror explode. I kept pushing off replacing it and then I got used to seeing out of it with it cracked that I just didn’t care enough to spend the money.

Fast forward to now, my friend Mike is staying with me while he is in town and using my car, so I thought I’d just see how much it would cost to have it replaced. Only $30 on amazon! I thought it was going to be a ton more, so I probably would have replaced it years ago had I known that.

Shout out to my Dad for his help (doing all the work) on getting it done.


Moving some friends

Spent yesterday morning moving my friends, The Hurds to their new home. I think it’s going to be an awesome place for them and for their friends and family to hang out in. The move went well, it started to snow about half way in from the condo we were moving them from, but by that time after going up and down stairs, the snow was a welcome coldness to cool down.



The kids liked looking into the kitchen from the addition on the house.

Not pictured: 75% of the folks that helped move them.