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21 September 2008 @ 11:36 am
I've moved.  Below is a drab and incomplete list of reasons:

I realized that I don't have any easy way to post pictures or videos on this website... I have to place them on some file-storage site, and then paste a hyperlink to get it done.  Embedding media is a pain sometimes, and I guess I'm just ready for a change.   (Also, I am a gmail user now, so why not blog on gmail?) 

You can find me at:  http://wedontlivenormallives.blogspot.com
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27 August 2008 @ 09:59 pm
If you are interested in a PG-13 comment about that song, click here: HyperlinkCollapse )

At any rate: Our life in Mexico has started. We keep looking around us with shock as we realize where we are and how far away we are from everything else. Two reactions inevitable follow: my reaction being that of excitement and adventure, while Liz's being more of a fetal position with thoughts of home. We're working on finding a common ground. :)

I promise to put up pictures as I get more, but in the mean time, this is all I have.

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There are lots of fun facts on my wife's blog as well. Liz Taylor's Blog
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05 May 2008 @ 08:49 pm
Happy day of liberation from French occupation, Mexico!

We've packed most of the kitchen into bins, we're saving the wall art for tomorrow's party, but we have about half of our books put away for a year. It leaves me with an interesting question: If you can put something away for a year, be it clothes, books, knick-knacks, etc... do you really need them the rest of your life? Would they be better served in somebody else's possession, if they are unnecessary for an entire year in yours? (This thesis falls short in a few areas: Mexico's climate is not cold, so Liz's big pink coat is staying...)

Nostalgia sets in when one packs up a life, to move onto a new one. The living conditions which we have endured are now looked on with rose-colored spectacles, glossing over the snakes and cockroaches found in our apartment, or the leaks from the bathroom upstairs into our bathroom below. The drainage from their garbage disposal flowing up through our pipes and into our sink, and even the door handle that would fall off from inside, leaving us locked out of our own home in the dead of winter, all of these things vanish into inconsequentiality. We loved our newly-wed apartment, and we will miss it dearly.
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11 April 2008 @ 07:46 pm
Alright folks, I'm moving away, and I feel the need to stock up on my "need-to-read" pile. Currently on my list is Don Miller's To Own a Dragon, Rafael Sabatini's Sea Hawk, Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns, etc... But, I would be very interested in hearing what you would recommend as a good read. I'm a little disappointed after no one posted in response to my last entry, so here's my second attempt at feedback. Pity points?
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03 April 2008 @ 06:40 am
When the call of the wild comes forth, there is nothing one can do but respond. That is the call that I felt while working in Michigan two summers ago. I took a hatchet, a fishing pole, a tent, and a pocket-stove. (no food, no water, no companions...) A week later, I emerged from the woods a better man.

Well that is exactly what Liz and I are about to do now. We heard the call, so we are driving to Mexico with only what can fit in our little VW Jetta, and we will serve God there in whatever way we are able. I'm sorry if this is news to some of you. I hope you call me and tell me all of the nice things you like about me before I go.

Here is a picture to get you excited about our trip.
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26 March 2008 @ 08:07 am
For those of you who know my wife, she has started a new blog. It may or may not be awesome. It also may or may not be the hub of all information coming out of our exciting lives in the future... maybe. At any rate, it is linked in my side-bar, and here: Tales from the Taylors. Ok, signing off now.
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17 February 2008 @ 05:06 pm
Today was my first day on the worship team at Grace Chapel. It was fun! My sister leads worship. Click Here to see her blog. My brother runs the sound board. Click Here to see his blog. My younger sister sings. Click Here to see hers. Ultimately, it was a big step for us, although we've done it before. Significantly for me, however, it marks the beginning stages of my desire to lead worship again. Background story #1) Click HereCollapse ) if you want to read it.

Now, my desire to lead worship is growing, so I'm grateful for God's timely placement of Grace Chapel's worship team in my life. Maybe one day I will be able to lead a congregation of my own. QED
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06 February 2008 @ 10:20 am
I am burdened with this question: How much do I love myself? It is not merely a question of selfishness, for it is not WRONG to love yourself. In fact, I argue that it is quite natural and RIGHT to love yourself, but to what extent do you?

Let me rephrase this question: How much of your life is tied up in making you happy? You work to make money, for what reason? (where does that money go?) How much of your time and resources do you spend on entertainment?

Have I made you sufficiently loathsome of your affections and contributions?

Jesus is asked a particularly puzzling question by a group of religious people. It would be similar to a league of pastors from a given denomination cornering Jesus and trying to justify their personal interpretation of scripture. The question is simple: What is the greatest commandment?

Jesus follows it up with what almost seems a cliche response: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your might." Already, I am starting to feel guilty for how I spend my time, money, and thought... but that isn't the end. He continues, and this is where I begin to cry.

Matthew 22:39-40
"The second is like it, 'You SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Do I, do you, does ANYONE understand what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. This means, instead of worrying about where I might vacation this year, worrying about how Joe 'without-a-job' Blow is going to eat his next meal. Instead of complaining about my 10 year-old car and buying a new one, or my 5 year-old laptop and buying a new one, or my 1 year-old phone and buying a new one... I care more about volunteering at Food-Net or the Orphan-Grain-Train, or the People's-City-Mission. All of these are at no cost to me but my time.

Lord, forgive my short-sightedness, and my selfishness. Help me to see beyond my self-love, and help me to love you and others more.
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08 January 2008 @ 10:07 am
Well, all is not well in the Taylor home. I am currently suffering from an acute throat cough... and let me tell you, it is not cute! It's fun to have a wife that cares though. She brought me medicine, water, and warmer clothes. I pray she doesn't get it, but I don't see a way for that to be avoided.

Oh well, now that I'm trapped in a dark and germ-infested basement, I'll make the most of it and watch a Black-Adder marathon, or maybe I'll play my records at full volume. Either way, it should be a blast.
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