Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Great Northwest Awaits

We're headed up to Portland tomorrow for a little vacation in conjunction with Donald Miller's Living a Better Story Seminar.  His book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years was/is a life-changer for us.  We decided part of our story would include this trip to Portland as an investment in our lives.  Plus, it's Portland, hello!

I was joking with Monica the other day because after being inspired by Don's book, we had some real excitement about a new story; however, as the inspiration dwindled and time moved on, we started a new story called "How to Try Without Really Succeeding."  It's like we have these ideas and want to live better stories, but our efforts just lead to more of the same.  And yet, sometimes the conflict to overcome in a story is self-sabotage...

In fact, as the saying should go, the more things stay the same, the more they change [in order to stay the same]. 


  1. Love on our city for us. I hope it's beautiful for you.

    I think sometimes our stories feel like they are on constant repeat - we echo (or anti-echo) the stories of our parents, but we rarely seek true change.

    Trying to live a new story is sailing into uncharted waters. We don't know how long it will take or where we will end up. Miles from home it seems like we made a huge mistake. Funny how the stories gloss over the weeks and months of boredom and frustration and skip right to the exultation of discovery.

  2. May you enjoy each moment of your lives to its fullest and seek Gods will with every step. Always keep humor and romance in your marriage. It will serve you very well. Wishing you success in this Portland Adventure like you could never have dreamed.:) Love Dad & Mom