Current Status: Peaceful

Grateful for the privilege of being able to serve as a minister of word and sacrament but also grateful for weeks like these focused on my primary calling as Husband, Father, and Child of God.

Driving five and a half hours with my young kids in the backseat is never fun but I’m certain it will be worth it once we get to Lake George.

My kids had off from school today so I took them to a car museum to see hundreds of cars. The consensus was that the Batmobile was the coolest car.

Grateful for morning walks that help me to gain insight and clarity on what I’m thinking and feeling and help me determine what to do next.

We celebrated All Saints Sunday today which gives thanks for those who have gone before us and the way their example echoes through the generations to come.

All right Game 6 here’s hoping some of that Phillies post season magic still remains. Let’s Go Phils! ⚾️

Watching the Philadelphia Union ⚽️ try to win the MLS cup. I haven’t watched much Union soccer but it’s exciting to watch and support them today.

Was visited by a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses this morning eager to talk with me but when I told them that I’m a Lutheran pastor they decided to leave. I guess my profession means I’m exempt from hearing their beliefs.

Did a lot of driving in Chester county today and spent the bulk of the time in awe and admiration of the beautiful fall foliage.

What happens when both your teams are playing on the same night…⚾️Go Phils and 🏈Go Birds!

Having an early meeting gives me license to go out for breakfast on a weekday morning.

It felt great to watch the Phillies feast on the Astros last night. Here’s hoping they keep it up. Go Phils!

Finishing a book last night and the beginning of a new month means I need to figure out what book I plan to read next.

Finished reading: Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman 📚

Just finished what was a powerful story about the beautiful, difficult, painful, joyful, reality of being human and how we all need other people even, perhaps especially, if we think we don’t.

Currently reading: Anxious People: A Novel by Fredrik Backman 📚

They say that a person’s personality is the sum of their experiences. But that isn’t true, at least not entirely, because if our past was all that defined us, we’d never be able to put up with ourselves. We need to be allowed to convince ourselves that we’re more than the mistakes we made yesterday. That we are all of our next choices, too, all of our tomorrows.

How to Generate Your Own Favorite Problems: A 4-Step Guide

A favorite problem is an open-ended question you use to prime your subconscious to notice potential answers in the information you’re consuming.

I really like the idea of developing favorite problems to guide your reading, thinking, and growth. Something I’m working on.

A Cinderella story! Relive the Phillies unlikely run to the World Series!
⚾️ Four more wins! Lets Go Phils!

Currently reading: Discipline Is Destiny by Ryan Holiday 📚

🖋️New fountain pens make me happy! Twisbi Eco inked with Diamine “Oxblood” Write on.

Cold, quiet, beautiful morning.

Updated my About and created a Now page. This blog is starting to come together and it makes me excited to use it more.

After a long Sunday and a busy weekend, it feels great to enjoy a beer and an Eagles game. I’m tired but it’s a good tired.

Really enjoying using this platform so far and excited to hopefully build a more regular blogging habit.

📺 The Rings of Power Season 1 has been a really great. I appreciate the time they are taking to build the characters as well as the storytelling, world building, and visually stunning production. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to season 2, not looking forward to the wait.