Thursday, May 31, 2007

eight days to go. or... who knows when?

june 08th is the due date for baby #2. that brings to mind a few remainders for the day:
1 // babies rock. especially the ones my wife makes. she's wicked good at it. so, we have another one coming, and we have been entrenched pretty deeply in a period of complete wonderment of how we got to be so blessed/lucky/crazy. the fun is really about to begin.
2 // baby names suck. we are in the midst of close deliberations about what the name for our next child will be. i'm sure that we merely need patience -- talia sian pretty much told us her name when she first met us last june, and i'm pretty sure this one will do the same. but it would be nice to feel prepared.
we have ruled out cedric, dwight, and anastasia beaverhausen.
3 // the new kate walsh album is pretty good. if you like to hide inside with a songwriter's thoughts and pore through her brain, this is the one for you.
4 // i haven't seen spiderman III yet. go ahead and kill my fun by telling me that it doesn't live up to #2, but you won't be able to disuade me. something tells me that i won't see it anytime soon. hrumph. anyway...
5 // i am lamenting the loss of the celebrity mustache. nobody did it like amgnum p.i., but could someone at least try? here's a place to work on it: http://www.celebritymustache.com/. what i actually would like is to see a good version of the "kenneth" show up on TV. Or, on kenneth.
6 // i need to plan a roadtrip, just to listen to this mix. i guess there's not much else to say about that.

i'll let you know when the next baby shows up.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

things to do in berlin when you're dead tired

after a fantastically gruelling week, i'm back from berlin, rolling around in the normality of the states. the work has piled high, and i have a lot to prep for this week, but in spite of it all, my girls love me and have been smiley and wonderful.

the time in east berlin was stunning.
new friends and new ideas, all wrapped up nicely in good german beer and bad germano-mexican food.
anyway, the concept of having allies five thousand miles from home that live in a language that simply doesn't compute with the american south is a stimulating and humbling experience. i'm intrigued by what will happen next.

While i was in town, i got to track through one of the original churches pastored to by Dietrich Bonhoeffer - a potential new home for the Berlinprojekt, and a chilling place to sit and pray.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

today in berlin...

today i am in berlin. have been since tuesday, actually.
spent the day in hamburg yesterday working with a small group that will be planting a new chruch there in 2008. fantastic group of people -- and a really stunning city. here's a pic or two:
while i was in town, there was a massive raid by the german police on all of these alternative bookshops and theaters and artist squats. they were looking to break up the planning for the demonstrations/riots before and during the upcoming G8 meeting here in Germany. it backfired and wound up inciting some pretty stiff riots in some really fun neighborhoods.
two of the most amazing new core group members for the HamburgProjekt are Nils and Tabitha [aka pitty]. here they are with daniel, the planter for HP.
I'm sure there's much more to come as this trip goes on.
I'll be here in Berlin until Monday, working with the music teams for BerlinProjekt and learning about how we can partner with them -- as well as how to begin to create our own network for extension.