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Back from Vacation

Charles Kiser —  July 30, 2009 — 1 Comment

On the Beach

I love vacation.

I spent last week on a beach in Navarre, Florida – outside of Destin – with my extended family (parents, brother and sister-in-law, sisters, Julie and Ryan).

It was a fantastic get-away.

Vacation, I’m convinced, is a spiritual practice. It’s an act of faith – a way of saying, “God, I trust that my little corner of the world will not fall apart if I leave it for a week.” Vacation is a reminder that God is creator and sustainer. In the words of Klaus Issler, vacation is an opportunity for “wasting time with God.”

There are different vacation philosophies, mind you. On one hand there are families who live by the activity-oriented philosophy for vacations. Every day of the trip is full of pre-planned fun activities. This philosophy makes for great vacations, for sure. I’ve enjoyed a few of them myself.

My vacation preferences, however, are for the sloth-oriented philosophy. In short: do as little as possible. And when you actually do something, make sure it’s as passive as possible: read or lounge on the beach, float in the ocean, watch a movie, take a nap, etc.

More than a week of such slothfulness makes me feel unproductive and lazy. But I’ve found 5-7 consecutive days of such (non)activity to be incredibly refreshing and invigorating.

So, I’m back – excited about life and ready to see what the next phase has in store!

And I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the blogosphere, so stay tuned.

Julie and I have not been satisfied with the size of Storyline’s Children’s Ministry…

So we decided to expand it ourselves!

That’s right, Julie’s pregnant again and we’re expecting the new baby around October 3rd.

We broke the news to our families by taking them one of our favorite desserts, Sprinkles cupcakes. Julie placed a special order and had baby ‘toppers’ put on them. It took the family a second to figure it out. Watching the looks on our parents’ faces as the shock of the news hit them was hilarious.

We should have more babies so that I can enjoy the fun of surprising people — though Julie would probably take issue eventually.

Julie and Charles


Woo hoo! Our lives just keep changing!


Charles Kiser —  July 8, 2008 — 6 Comments

Several months ago Julie and I mentioned to her parents that we wanted to vacation with them this summer.

A couple months ago, Charles, my father-in-law, notified us that he had made travel arrangements for our vacation — flight plans, housing accomodations, car rental, the whole thing.

“So where are we going?” We asked with curiosity.

“We’re not telling you,” the in-laws said.

So we waited until this very weekend to discover that we were going to spend a week in Lake Tahoe, California!

We’re still trying to pick our jaws up off the floor.

Lake Tahoe is the largest Alpine lake in the United States — 21 miles long and 12 miles wide. The deepest point is more than 1,600 feet. And the color of the water is a gorgeous blue. Get this: you can see seventy-five feet into the water at most points in the lake. Lake Tahoe water is cleaner than the water that comes from our tap at home.

Yes, I’ve been driving my family crazy with this kind of trivia.

Already we’ve rented a jet ski, taken a boat tour, played golf and hung out on the beach. We’re just getting started.

This blog entry is certainly as close to working this week as I’m going to get. I just wanted to share the joy of our family vacation with all of you. Sabbath is a wonderful thing!

Make sure to check Ryan Porche’s blog for an excellent post on communion experiences in our house church gatherings. (Click the link “Ryan Porche” under “Blogroll” in the right column.)

Pics of the Pad

Charles Kiser —  February 12, 2008 — 4 Comments

Without further ado…

House 1

Ryan’s Room

House 2

Dining Area

House 3

Living Area

House 4

Presley in the kitchen area, always near the food

House 5

The master bedroom




Office Space

Charles Kiser —  February 11, 2008 — 5 Comments

After three weeks of non-stop transition, things are starting to settle a little bit. The pad will for sure be hospitality-ready by tomorrow, when Julie will host a jewelry party for friends and hopefully neighbors.

Soon after that, you’ll have pictures of the place (but no sooner, as I operate under the directives of a higher authority, if you know what I mean).

The other big news in getting settled in: we have office space! Ryan and I started searching about a month ago and found a great office building right off McKinney Avenue, a major thoroughfare in Uptown. God certainly opened the doors for us to walk through—the price we’re paying for the space is nearly half what we were originally quoted.

CK Office

The main rationale behind securing office space stemmed from a value for our families, believe it or not. I officed out of my home for most of the 18-month apprenticeship period. Hands down, the biggest conflict in my marriage in that time was family boundaries: When does work time start and family time end? When does work time end and family time start? It sure gets fuzzy when both take place under the same roof. It works for some, but not for me.

RP Office

That said, I think office space will allow us to be more productive in our ministry and healthier in our family lives than we would otherwise be. It’s already been such a good thing.

Please pray for us as we begin our first full-fledged week on the job. Pray that God will give us clarity to see the vision and dreams he has for Uptown; pray that God will open doors to relationships with lost people; pray that God will raise up committed followers of Jesus to join us.