๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 20: disruption

    On a date with Della when this little guy showed up.

    a chipmunk crawls on a lunch table at a restaurant

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 19: edge

    A boutonniere made out of paper ๏ฟผ

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 18: fabric

    I got to try this 14โ€™ quilting machine the other day. Amazing.

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 17: intense

    A large Tucson Police S.W.A.T. vehicle

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 16: oof!

    a cat sitting in an awkward position

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 15: red

    For the past few years weโ€™ve been going to the fair that occasionally pops up at the Tucson Outlets. Itโ€™s pretty fun!

    A Ferris wheel ๏ฟผ

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 14: statue

    Someone figured out how to combine art, whimsy, and self storage. Someone should win an award.

    A statue of a man carrying colorful boxes, some of which have fallen on the ground, next to a sign advertising โ€œExtra Space Storageโ€

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 13: glowing

    I couldnโ€™t find a good picture for yesterdayโ€™s challenge: โ€œpanicโ€. But I think this is a great one for today. I took the picture last year a few days after Christmas.

    The glowing flame of a red candle.

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 11: retrospect ๐Ÿšฒ

    Since Christmas Iโ€™ve been slowly turning a 1982 Univega Gran Turismo frame into a super fun everyday bike. Itโ€™s a love-project that comes from my grandpa to my dad to me.

    Bicycle frame of a 1982 Univega Gran Turismo.

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 10: cycle ๐Ÿšฒ

    Picture of a 2020 Giant Stance 2 mountain bike on the back of an SUV

    The Belt of Truth and Problem of Identity

    Iโ€™ve been thinking about the intersection of truthfulness and identity this week. Partly because Iโ€™m preparing a Sunday School lesson for tomorrow which includes the Belt of Truth from Ephesians 6, and partly because on Wednesday I got to hear my buddy John Besson give a sneak peak of his and his wifeโ€™s forthcoming book, Trading Faces. Itโ€™s all about the identities we cling to and live by. Ideas about truth and identity aligned for me when I found this thought-provoking article by Steve Rathje: Why People Ignore Facts: When it comes to reasoning, identity trumps truth.

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    In Apple Maps you can get directions and travel estimates via different transportation modes, including bicycle.

    In Apple Calendar you can set your travel time to an appointment based on location and transportation mode, but not including bicycle.

    Why no bike? ๐Ÿšฒ

    a screenshot of Apple Calendar's travel time selection featurea screenshot of transportation modes in Apple Maps

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 8: language

    Body language and symbolic communication all on one hilarious door.

    A bathroom sign of a man squeezing his knees together

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 8: yonder

    a view of water flowing from the dam at Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 7: panorama

    6 panorama pictures stacked in a square

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 6: well

    At our Bible study tonight, one of the kids requested that we sing It Is Well With My Soul

    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless esstate, and has shed his own blood for my soul.

    Picture of the hymn It Is Well with My Soul

    ๐Ÿ“ท blog challenge | Day 5: forest + bonus haiku

    I took this pic of a giant tree growing on top of a ginormous California Redwood stump.

    What appears to be a big tree growing out of the stump of a California Redwood

    O how we can stand
    On the shoulders of giants
    Long after theyโ€™ve gone.

    Getting ready for a wedding! Genesis 2:18.

    Flowers and fabric arch for a couple on their wedding day

    Can you do tent camping with a family of seven? Yes! And if you survive the night, everyone looks so sweet and comfy in the morning.

    family in sleeping bags in a tent

    The world can feel very big sometimes.

    A little animal on the ground at an outdoor restaurant

    Tonightโ€™s sunset.

    Tucson sunset.

    A picture of Moโ€™s. We try to go whenever we visit Oregon.

    2012 Chevy Express under the starry, starry skies.

    And yet, just outside the restaurant was this sign pointing us the way home to Arizona.

    a sign pointing the way to various cities named Florence

    The Golden Nugget reached 225,000 miles this summer. Iโ€™m thankful for all the adventures our family has had in this van.

    2012 Chevy Express under the starry, starry skies.

    The Lord of the Rain

    Exodus 9:33 So Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh and stretched out his hands to the LORD, and the thunder and the hail ceased, and the rain no longer poured upon the earth. Job 5:8 “As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. Job 5:10 He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields; Psalm 65:9-10 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.

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    I took one of the dogs for a late night walk to enjoy the quiet and the smell of rain.

    A wall bathed in the green of a traffic light with the shadow of a man walking his dog
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