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So, I was lazy about 6 months ago and forgot to renew After it expired, some lame company bought it so they could sell it back to us for $200. Now, if you go to, there is some girl in a backpack. That’s okay…we are going to try to move on from to something new and fresh for our family.

The only problem is…Flower is a pretty common word and most domain names with flower in it are taken. We’ve already tried “theflowerfamily”, “flowerfamily,” and other similar names. Our creative juices have stopped flowing, and we don’t have any ideas.

Here’s where you come in. We need some new ideas (Beth says, “not cheesy”) for our family website name. The winner may get a homecooked dinner (if they are willing to travel to our house and pay for their own travel expenses). We may even let you stay overnight. (these prizes are only for people we know).

Any thoughts? Let the names start flowing…


Beth and I returned from a 12 day trip to Alaska on Thursday morning at about 1:30am. We went with 8 others from our church to serve at Tanalian Bible Camp in Port Alsworth, Alaska. The scenery was amazing, the fishing was great, the daylight was long, and most importantly God worked in our hearts and used us in the lives of others. We staffed a 5th and 6th grade bible camp for 7 days. These students come from small villages all over rural southwest Alaska. Many of the villages have only 1 church (if any) and that church may only be a Russian Orthodox Church (not exactly at the top of the list of churches to attend). Many of the villages are wrecked with alcohol and drug abuse and even physical abuse. Some of the students were stuck in a brutal foster care system. With that said, these were some amazing kids. Most of them had great joy and wanted to learn more about God. It seemed that God was working in many of their hearts. And they were a ton of fun. I got to teach the morning chapel sessions and the camp director, James Walsh, taught the evening sessions. Our team members were counselors in the cabins. They led some amazing cabin times and also pursued the students throughout the week…trying to help them understand and love the Gospel.

Here are some highlights of the week…

Some of the guys

Beth and some of her girls

The view from the camp chapel

My friend Lee from Illiamna, who bought me this hat

Derek’s senior picture at camp

The entire camp

My brother-in-law, JR, getting his Cessna 172 ready

Some fruits of fishing in Alaska (Sockeye Salmon)

















JR with a Sockeye Salmon

Burns got a couple, but I didn’t get a picture of any of them.

Our niece, Callie Jane Gates

Our niece, Jill Lorraine Gates

On our last day, our whole team went fishing at Bird Creek. It was a lot of fun.

Brandon got stuck…

Caeley got a silver Salmon

And I got one too!

Here’s the whole team from Northpoint



Beth and I are leaving with 9 others from our church tomorrow to Port Alsworth, Alaska. We are going to serve at Tanalian Bible Camp for their 5th and 6th grade camp. We will be arriving at Port Alsworth via Anchorage and our beloved family, JR and Rachel Gates (and Callie and Jill). We will be gone from July 6th to July 18th.

Of course our team has a team blog to keep family and friends updated during the trip. Here it is in case you want to check it out…

See you in a few weeks (unless you live in Alaska).