6 Lessons Learned From Moving Vision to Reality


I'm frequently asked how to start a faith based, non-profit from scratch. There are so many different details and requirements by city, county, and state that sometimes that is a really hard question to answer. Maybe I'll write a book someday.  For now here are six lessons I have learned from starting a faith based … Continue reading 6 Lessons Learned From Moving Vision to Reality

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Blessed With Burden


Hey God, It's going good. You continue to freakishly bless me. I don't have to tell you that I'm tired. Like really tired. Like fall in bed exhausted and wake up fatigued. It's been a long haul. So much more complicated than I could have ever imagined. I ask myself if I'm making it more … Continue reading Blessed With Burden

Waking Up With Hopeful Tears


Do you ever wake up from a dream that seemed so real you were convinced it actually happened? I just woke up with joyful tears running down my cheeks because of one of those dreams. I dreamed I was standing in front of the giant graffiti chalkboard I plan to have at The Sparrows Nest. … Continue reading Waking Up With Hopeful Tears

If I got hit by a bus today


A few members of our team have shared some interesting conversations and follow up emails last week. The main subject is if I die. In and of itself this topic is a bit disconcerting. But, we were mostly talking about properly sharing and storing passwords to our bank accounts, document storage, and other important pieces … Continue reading If I got hit by a bus today

Four things I’ve learned through The Process of mud mucking


I've been thinking about the idea of Process a lot lately. I'm fighting this American ideal of wanting things now and not putting in the hard work to get it. Or deciding I've labored enough and someone should just hand me the things I want NOW. I don't deal well with plodding. I put my … Continue reading Four things I’ve learned through The Process of mud mucking

11 things I learned in 2011 about starting a Non-Profit


I hear over and over again that I need to write a book about starting a non-profit from scratch and somehow becoming a full-time fundraiser at the same time. If I had time to breathe at all I'd be glad to do that. Might be a nice money maker for my non-profit. However, for now, … Continue reading 11 things I learned in 2011 about starting a Non-Profit

I have a HUGE announcement coming very soon!


I have a HUGE annoucement coming very soon! Well, kinda. It's just all the cool kids on twitter were announcing left and right this week their "HUGE" announcements. And I felt left out. So I decided to try out the phrase myself. I have to say, I really liked how it felt to say it. … Continue reading I have a HUGE announcement coming very soon!

I could easily pass for the mentally ill


On the way home just now I just randomally pulled out in the turn lane and went around 3 cars that were waiting for a dump truck to turn. I wasn't angry or frustrated. I didn't realize it until I was pulling up at the light. I don't think I even checked for oncoming traffic. … Continue reading I could easily pass for the mentally ill

Guest Post from my son Samuel: If I were in charge of the world


I hope you enjoy this thought provoking view of the world from my 9 year old son's perspective. He would like to know what the world would look like if you were in charge but only on the understanding that he's really in charge. -Carissa   If I were In Charge of the World...BY Samuel … Continue reading Guest Post from my son Samuel: If I were in charge of the world

My Life As An Etch A Sketch


Have you ever seen that movie "Yes Man" with Jim Carrey?  It's about this  guy who challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year. If you think about it, the story line is very similar to "Bruce Almighty" where Jim Carrey takes over for God and answers "yes" to everyone's prayer requests. … Continue reading My Life As An Etch A Sketch