Vacation

Hawaii 2010

Holly and headed off to Hawaii last week. It was a combination Happy-9-Year-Anniversary and Happy-Being-Done-with-All-Things-Cancer Vacation.

What a gift it was! We mostly just camped on different beaches, talked, and read. I didn’t take many photos, but here’s a few:

(If you can’t see the slideshow above, click here)

Uganda Photos

This weekend I finally got all my photos from Uganda processed and uploaded to Flickr. I hope you enjoy some of my 36 favorites in this slideshow:

(Can’t see it? Want it fullscreen? Try here.)

You can see all 219 I uploaded here.

Uganda or Bust

I write this post sitting a DFW gate d14 waiting for my flight to Amsterdam to take off. It’s the first leg of a 25-hour journey to Entebbe, Uganda.

This is a last mintute trip that all started last Saturday when my good friend Sam sends me this text:

“Want to come with us to Uganda? I need someone to shoot photography/video. I will pay all costs. Please.”

Long story short… By the end of that day I had bought a ticket to Uganda that left a little less than a week later. Crazy huh?

My only hestitation was being here for Holly as we prepare for her surgery. She would hear nothing of it – she insisted I go and may be more excited than me about me going.

In every way this was an answer to prayer, and the deepest desires of my heart. I told Holly a few days before that all I wanted was to get away, I needed to get out of Dallas and out of “cancer world” for a little while before her surgery. Little did I know I would getting quite so far away.

Many of you know I went to Ethiopia last year, and this trip will be much like it. I will spend 8 days on the ground going from one ophan community to another. We will be playing with kids, and profiling the communities in hope that a church in the US will sponsor them through Children’s Hopechest.

It will also be the launch of Sam’s new non-profit, Hopemongers. You can check hopemongers.org for updates and blog posts.

As you may of guessed from Sam’s text, I will be shooting photo and video while there. A friend generously loaned me some professional video gear, so I am hoping for some good stuff.

I’ll be back at 1pm on the 17th, just in time for Holly’s surgery on the 18th.

Please pray that it would be a productive trip that God would use for His glory and that I would come back ready to be be everything Holly needs me to be.

Ranch Get Away

The kids spent last week at Grammy and Paw Paw’s ranch, and Holly and I joined them over the weekend.  It’s always good to get out there to relax and enjoy what God made.

Here’s a few pictures from the weekend:

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Colorado Trip and Travel Deals

DSC 7779 Last weekend I joined my dad and brothers for a birthday gift to ourselves: a quick trip to Colorado Springs. We did the whole trip for less than $250/person including flight, hotel, and car. Well worth it.

People keep asking where we got such a good deal and the answer is Site59. It only does last minute travel packages for this weekend and next weekend. Also, you have to get at least 2 of these 3: a flight, hotel, or car. But, if that fits your requirements, you can get some screamin’ deals.

Here’s a couple other tricks I have:

  • Cheap Rental Cars: Try finding a coupon code on MouseSavers.
  • Quick Flight Checks: Kayak.com, searches all the airline’s websites plus most of the other big travel sites and displays them all together.
  • Cheap Hotel Rooms: Book via priceline, but find out how much to bid on Bidding for Travel.

More photos here.

Jamie

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Thanksgiving 2005

Jamie's First DeerJust in time for Christmas, we finally got some pictures up from Thanksgiving.

We had a great time with family. While visting Holly’s parents on the ranch, Jamie killed his first deer and turkey. Ask him to tell you the turkey story, it’s worth a laugh. All the pictures are here.