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Rather than fancy writing, I’m just going to mind dump “what’s up” in my life. Here goes:

  • Well, just like many of you, the blog has taken second fiddle to Twitter/Facebook.
  • I’m not reading blogs & I’m not writing on mine (much).
  • If you want me to read your blog, twitter when you post – I’ll try and catch it.
  • I love my new job.
  • I love my new church.
  • I’m stoked that we are partnering with Impact Church to plant Rancho Community Murrieta (looks like I’m right back into church planting).
  • Miss my buddy Vince – but stoked that he has a new job!
  • I’m currently watching “America’s Got Talent”, and like I said a year ago, it should be called “America’s Got NO Talent”.
  • I’m designing a ton, including a brand new website for Rancho Community – working with @worshiptechie on it; he’s making it work (we’re using Drupal in case anyone is wondering).
  • Working with my buddy Trasier on a project called “TasteofTemecula.net” (I hate capitalized letters in URL’s…)
  • Took the kids to UP – a great movie, probably over their heads (yes, that was a pun).
  • Reading “Life Together” by Bonheoffer – blowing my mind.
  • Finished “What is a Healthy Church” by Mark Dever – a good little read, challenging for church planter yahoos (like me).
  • Got to play drums 3x’s in the past couple months for @rkweblog, @tysonmorlet, and @ericbeeman.
  • Miles is now headed to First Grade – it will be his first time going to school 5 days a week, all day (he turns 7 in September!).
  • I’m so blessed that I get to work at the same school that both my kids go to (yes, I work at the church and the school).
  • I’m seriously struggling with envy every time I look at my phone – I want a Palm Pre.
  • I started the year reading through the Bible chronologically. I failed.
  • I think I’m going to do the Read the Bible in 90 days.
  • Out of nowhere, I’ve been having high blood pressure; usually I’m 110/70 with a heart rate of 50. Two weeks ago I was 160/70/50, this week I’ve been 130/70/50. Went to the doc and she said to stop drinking coffee, exercise more, and watch it for a month. Attempting all three, so we’ll see.
  • Been trying to get inspired by looking at other designers – lots of delicious tagging going on.
  • I met a guy who brews his own beer – after our conversation, I walked away with 2 “how to” books, which are incredible. There may be a “McLean Triple Chocolate Stout” on the horizon.
  • I’m excited to be going to the Antioch School of Ministry starting in the fall – in four years I’ll be able to say I’ve been educated.
  • We moved, again. This time out to the Temecula Wine Country. We’re on 5 acres of wine grapes – everyone is super stoked – fits us like a glove, since both Jen and I pretty much grew up together in Wine Country (Ok, I didn’t really grow up with her, but we’ve been together for over 15 years).
  • We currently have no Cable, no phone, and (gulp), no internet. That’s right. I’ve been tethering my phone when I need to get online. (We do get about 4 TV stations).
  • I’ve gotten back on the Mountain Bike about 3 times in the last couple weeks – feels good. For those that don’t know, I used to be a pretty adamant biker (& surfer).
  • Jen and I are currently reading “Shepherding Your Child’s Heart” by Tripp. We have a huge desire to be great (not good) parents. If you pray for us – pray that we would love & shepherd our children like God does his.
  • I’m getting tired of having only “Christian” friends (no offense to you who are). I need to do some things to get out of the church/christian bubble – Christ’s command was to go out, into the world.
  • Pastor Scott is teaching through Isaiah over the next few weeks – I CAN’T WAIT (and that is not an exaggeration). I think we will get a clearer understanding of God’s plan for Salvation & Redemption.
  • I recently went from following over 600 people on Twitter, to a more manageable 150 or so. Life is quieter.
  • I’m learning patience from my children and my job. I’ve realized that I am impatient and often motivated by the wrong things. I’m hoping to trust God more and relax.
  • I’ve been blessed beyond what I deserve and have every reason to be thankful and joyful – and I intend to live into that more.

Thanks for reading!

Designer. Communicator. Solutions Architect. Husband. Father of 4. Friend of God. I've dabbled in building, graphic design, worship, music, media, communications, connections, leadership, and now I'm an executive pastor at Rancho Community Church in Southern California.

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  1. HERE HERE! When we going to hang out bro? Transformers? Hungover? Yard House? Peter? Hockey/Baseball? LETS DO IT!
    .-= Chris Stout (aka @sailingtwidget)´s last blog ..Biggest Loser =-.

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