10/23/17 : Some (completely unrelated) YouTube Videos

It's been a long time, but here are a couple YouTube videos that I found interesting and wanted to share. 

This is just my dude Caleb Haakenson doing his thing. He spent a year in Pohnpei and has really grown a lot as a videographer, and I'm jealous of his abilities and diligence documenting his year abroad.

My newest sister told me about this video yesterday and I found it super interesting. It almost sounded like one of those fake articles that you have to click a million times because each page is just like a couple sentences and a picture, but then I saw the YouTube video and it was full of legit quotes straight from source's mouths. It has definitely played a part in how I feel about some of the protests going on in the NFL. 


Our nation is definitely divided, but at least our leader is doing his best to bridge the gap:

Can't wait to see what's on my Twitter feed tomorrow! In the meantime, I'd love to hear your thoughts and I'm sure Caleb would love a thumbs-up on his video!


PS On this date 4 years ago I asked Morgan to be my girlfriend. She said yes and now we're married and it's awesome. 

10/4/17 : The Minnesota Lynx

Most of my life I have felt like I cheer for a state that is cursed. My earliest sports memory was watching this play, in my cousin's house in Hutchinson, MN:

First miss in 123 attempts, and then we lost. Ever since then its just been a bunch of losing. In fact, I've said many times, "The state of MN has never, and WILL never win anything. We are cursed", to which I've been corrected. A few times a friend has reminded me... Our WNBA team has won a couple championships...

I am ashamed to say that it brought me no consolation. I would openly say, "That doesn't count." 

That will never happen again. The Lynx won their 3rd championship in 5 years in 2015, and then last year they lost a heartbreaker at home to the LA Sparks in Game 5. Throughout all this last season I've been tip-toeing the line of being a real fan or just a casual claimer, while they've been fighting for a chance at redemption. 

They got it tonight. 

Its the first WNBA game I've sat down and just watched all the way through, and I was thoroughly entertained. Lindsey Whalen (a native of my hometown Hutchinson, MN), Maya Moore (the WNBA's Kobe Bryant), Simeone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles (this season's MVP) are so fun to watch! Candace Parker is basically the LeBron James of the LA Sparks and they played hard the whole game. 

But MN won.

LA closed the gap to 3 with just 20 seconds remaining and clearly had momentum when Maya "Mo-Money" Moore hit a double clutch runner across the freethrow line. I lost my mind a little bit. 

If you're a hater on the WNBA, then you stupit for that. I'm all in. Lynx are my ladies, and I may be too late to fully appreciate the dynasty they built in their long careers. 

But it feels good to cheer for a winner for once. :) 

9/15/17 : Stars Go Dim

Tonight at College View Church the group Stars Go Dim came and did a concert for Union College and whoever wanted to come from the community. I hadn't really listened to much of their music, but I can tell you by the end of the night I was blessed. I was blessed by the music, the message, the commitment to excellence by the band, and most of all the testimony of the lead singer.

Here are a few of the songs they did:

This guy's voice is my jam too. 

9/14/17 : 98%

A few years ago I took a leadership class with a young lady named Morgan and we took a personality test by Myers Briggs. It's pretty well known, and you end up with 4 letters that describe you and tell you all about yourself. My first letter was "E" for "Extroverted". It turns out I am 98% extroverted.

Today marked the first day of the first Preview Days of the year. We have some really fun prospective students visiting this weekend, and it's already been a blast. All day long I've been talking to people I know, people I don't know, current and prospective students, my wife, my boss, my friends, etc. Lots of talking and people. I never got tired. 

Now I'm home. Its almost midnight. There is no one around except my wife who allows me to be chill and "turn it off". I'm tired. 

So I'm going to sleep. I had to leave you with this video though. This is a compilation of great commercials. 

The "more more more" girl is Morgan when she wants a "vamped up Fall wardrobe". 


9/8/17 : Rest Up

It's been a long week of travel, a wedding, work, music, and now finally I get to close it out with my wife, resting on our couch. 

Check out this video my boy Caleb did while in Pohnpei last year, and then look at the rest of the videos he has done. He's talented, which is cool... but more than that he is a good dude that loves Jesus. I'm glad he was able to do a year abroad as a student missionary, and extra glad he documented it so well with his camera.