It was a rewarding, but tiring, winter break. I thoroughly enjoyed staying home with Oliver, but have a newfound appreciation for  stay-at-home parents! Elisa, Oliver and I were also able to see my family for Christmas and visited Chicago for the first time. The 75 students who came to Salt The semester is now up […]

The Friday before Thanksgiving we held our annual Chi Alpha Internationals (XAi) Holiday Dinner, which is basically the most amazing holiday ever. It combines Thanksgiving and Christmas into one glorious night! A couple American volunteers along with girls from Italy, Russia, and Japan We begin with a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, ham, mashed […]

As I mentioned in my last post, Elisa and Oliver recently travelled to Italy to visit her family. We were quite worried about Elisa traveling with a newborn without me. Little did we know that was the least of our concerns. What Elisa discovered when she reached border control in Italy floored her. According to […]

On Monday, Elisa and Oliver will travel to Italy for about three weeks to introduce Ollie to her side of the family. (Being able to cuddle with him isn’t the same over Skype.) I know it will be tough to be without them for that long, but we felt like it was the wisest financial […]

Welp. Being a dad is pretty exhausting. Oliver turned four weeks old yesterday. He is freaking adorable: Elisa, Oliver and our friend Emily, visiting at our apartment I drink a lot of coffee now. Well… still. But even more now. I’m so in love with this little chunker who is growing so fast. He eats […]

The crazy beginning of the year season has begun. Evidently, we’re going to do amazing things for Jesus this year because we’ve already had opposition from Satan… or at least the Grad School. At the beginning of the fall semester, the Graduate School has a resource fair where student organizations like Chi Alpha can set […]

Summer—at least summer break from school—is nearly over. Not only that, but the long season of waiting called pregnancy is nearly done, too. Right around the same time students will be opening their text books for the first time (ha! students reading their text books! see what I did there?), Dino will be coming into […]

I don’t know what it is about the internet, but it tends to bring out the worst in people. Yesterday, I was checking out a Facebook group for young ministers, and I came across a post about unreached people groups. I LOVE reading and talking about unreached people groups—those groups that not only aren’t Christians, […]

We see a lot of Catholic school kids come by our Summer Welcome table every summer. And by come by, I mean walk by. Perhaps it’s because our group is primarily made up of Protestants (i.e., non-Catholics), but I don’t think that’s it. Typically, when they stop long enough to talk, they talk about how […]

I studied advertising in college. Working in ministry, I don’t often get the chance to use my degree. But every summer I get a great chance in the form of Summer Welcome. Incoming students from all over the country stream in for a couple days to get to know the campus, and one of their […]