First our family is at Disney and having a great time. The flight down was smooth and uneventful and the kids are absolutely loving it. That really helps Jennifer and me enjoy it even more. We have tried to take it easy and not get too carried away trying to do everything. One cool thing we are doing is to video the kids each night and interview them, asking them all sorts of questions to tell us about their day. I had hoped to post some updates and pics, but that will have to wait until we get home. There’s just too much to do.

Second, the Tech tragedy has really bothered me all week. It just doesn’t seem possible that something like that could happen so close to home. I have really been torn because we are down here enjoying our vacation while so much tragedy is going on at home. I just saw the article in the Gazette online about one of the victims was roomates and friends with a group of kids from Galax. Kids that were in my youth group. That just tears me up inside with such a feeling of helplessness. I have been busy trying to look up emails to send to the people I know at Tech, including Phil and Lori, but it’s been hard trying to find all the right emails.

In kayaking, I have read that there are times when you are spinning and you lose all sense of direction. You can’t tell which way is up. They teach to just relax and you will orient yourself back to the surface. But you must calm down first. That seems like the time we are going through now. In times when the world is spinning crazy and out of control, we must first calm down enough to orient ourselves back to God. Only God truly comfort us and heal our pain.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Guys,

    We’ve been thinking about you all and are so glad you’re having such a good time (we knew you would!) It has been sad here this week. Still just hard to comprehend it all. We’ll be praying for you as you travel home today. Love ya’ll!! Travis, Boni & Ava

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