Best of…July

It’s been a few months since we’ve done a collection of “best of” links here on the blog. So, go with us on a trip down memory lane. For those of you who don’t know, Nina started her blog, Portugal Bound, waaayyy back in 2007. It has gone through stops … There's More →


Link – A Baby Named Faith

Nina’s been very busy today, and she doesn’t feel very well either. She’s struggled with a strange virus for the past couple of days and just tried to “soldier on” rather than getting back in bed. The thought of blogging didn’t sound very appetizing to her, so I just wanted … There's More →


Guest Post Link

Check out the guest blogger opportunity I had today, writing for Affordable Calling Cards about how to survive missionary work abroad. Nina will be here tomorrow with a Wordless Wednesday. I’ll be traveling to Albufeira, Portugal for the Fundamentals of the Faith Conference at the Living Hope Baptist Church, pastored … There's More →


“Friend Friday” with Fringe Girl

Today’s Friend Friday post is an interview with Fringe Girl, Tricia Gillespie, author of The Domestic Fringe. I met Tricia over 4 years ago through blogging. She’s a preacher’s wife, a dedicated mother, a fantastic writer and comedian (not the stand up kind). Through her blog, she lives her life … There's More →


Stupidity – Guest Blogger

Touch a gun, go to jail Confessedly, I have very little to exactly no patience for complete idiocy. It forces my heart to pump so feverishly that my very capillaries feel as though they may explode at any moment. Idiocy alone has the power to completely refashion our society into … There's More →


The Man Purse – Guest Blogger

European Living – the Man Purse Adapting to a different culture can be quite a humorous adventure. Even though western Europe is, in comparison to other parts of the world, a type of sister culture to ours in the US, there still exists between the two a chasm as deep … There's More →


Does It Ever Get Any Easier? – Guest Blogger

Yesterday, after a ten day jaunt across the Atlantic, my mother-in-law flew back to the land of town-halls and home of health care debates. It was her third visit to Portugal, and we (present company, son-in-law included) had a wonderful time. We packed an entire year into almost no time … There's More →


I Feel Cheated On

Lately, I’ve been seeing posts on my friends blogs apologizing for being “gone so long”. Friends that have been “missing” for quite a while. They’ve been off socializing with others, using other networks, and they’ve left me and all their other faithful blog friends behind. (kidding ya’ll!) I tried FB. … There's More →


Society Has Dropped The Belt – Guest Blogger

If saggy pants fall in public and there’s no common sense to pick them up, does society even notice? Moreover, if underwear were intended to be seen, wouldn’t we call it outerwear? Is this particularly disgusting and undeniably perplexing fashion trend just a matter of a simple generational divide? Twenty … There's More →


Phobia Phriday (with the Preacher)

Welcome to another edition of our weekly posts about very random and often phunny phobias which have been medically documented in one reference book or another. Each Phriday we list, define, and give an example of one of these irrational phears, phictional or otherwise.*Porphyrophobia – fear of the color purple … There's More →


That’s Funny – Guest Blogger

There’s funny. There’s hilarious, and then there’s a monkey urinating on the Zambian president. I’m not quite sure where this falls into your comedic scale, but for me it is well into the ninetieth percentile. A brief account from Breitbart.com provides for us a few interesting details including several quotes … There's More →


Phobia Phriday (with the Preacher)

Welcome to another edition of our weekly posts about very random and often phunny phobias which have been medically documented in one reference book or another. Each Phriday we list, define, and give an example of one of these irrational phears, phictional or otherwise.* Arachibutyrophobia – phear of peanut butter … There's More →


Phobia Phriday (with the Preacher)

Welcome to another edition of our weekly posts about very random and often phunny phobias which have been medically documented in one reference book or another. Each Phriday we will list, define, and give an example of one of these irrational phears, phictional or otherwise.* Asymmetriphobia – a phear of … There's More →


European Living – Shopping Split

“Look at that,” I encouraged my wife as we sat quietly eating our food court lunch. I slowly, in disgust, lowered my interesting Texican Whopper, complete with a spicy sauce and some sort of fried bean hash brown creation. As she looked, Nina put down her fork, trying to keep … There's More →


Free Kittens – Guest Blogger

“It looks like a skinny chicken!” was one of the first comments that we heard as our kids watched their cat give birth to the first of several kittens. It looked more like a hairless rat to me. Honestly, thinking back now had I not seen the momma with the … There's More →


What Are Those? – Guest Blogger

Spring has finally arrived here in Portugal and most would say for the third time this year. Although I have another, altogether different theory about the changing of temperature patterns, I’ll get with Al Gore on it later. Strangely enough, we have a mini season that today I entitle “wring.” … There's More →


It’s Complicated – Guest Blogger

The Portuguese people as a whole have an incredible ability of turning simple things into major productions. Explanations, traffic situations, public services. You name it, and it’s difficult. I believe it is in their bloodline. They are born with the convolution gene. For some time I considered that this strange … There's More →


Amateur Hour at The White House

By now I’m sure that you have heard all about our president’s trip to London for the G20. Published reports have told us that the staff that made the trip was 500 strong. He took his own chef, specialized O-mobile, 200 secret service agents and several decoy helicopters. No wonder … There's More →


Love Gives Back – Guest Blogger

Otilia, my Portuguese “mother” died on Saturday. If you read my last article, you know that in it I lamented the thievery of death. The day after writing the article, I received a text message from Otilia’s family that she had a precious few hours remaining. Though I knew her … There's More →


Death is a Thief – Guest Blogger

Just before Christmas, we were asked to pray for a lady in our church who had developed a painful hacking cough. She put off going to the doctor until she couldn’t catch her breath. They ran some tests, and quietly we began to hear whispers of the possibility of cancer. … There's More →


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