Closing Out (a home)

When we moved to the Gorge, two and a half years ago, we envisioned living in Hood River or White Salmon. Close to work and close to play. The reality of the housing market kept us from our ideal spot and after a few months of living with Jess’s parents, we desired a place of our own.… Read the rest

Much Needed Family Time

With all the craziness of life going on. I have not spent the time with my family that they deserve. Either I’m home and busy, or gone entirely. At least that’s how it was. Now that the house is “done” and we are just days away from moving back to Montana, I’ve been able to spend some much needed time with my little family.… Read the rest

The Interim

I accepted the job, finished the house to get it on the market and drove out to Montana to work a couple weeks. We are full swing into a new chapter of life, yet this seems more like a prelude. Nothing is settled, everything feels up in the air. It makes me think of catching a pop-fly ball when you know you have it, but you’re momentarily blinded by the sun.… Read the rest

Closing Out (a job)

My current job, and in some ways my current career, is coming to an end. Since 2012, I’ve been the computer guy. You know, the one that tells you “turn it off, then turn it back on” to an alarming rate of success and who also hangs out next to you while your prior problem no longer presents itself (it’s magic).… Read the rest

The ‘Montana Powells’

We used to close out every card, newsletter and exhortation to visit with “The Montana Powells.” It was part of our identity. It succinctly summed up our lifestyle and way of life. And to boot, we were the only “Powells” living in Montana, at least from my family lineage. For 8 years that was who we were, and then we moved.

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11 Years & Counting

It’s been 11 years since we said our “I do’s” and they have been the most amazing years. It’s crazy to look back on this time. We’ve traveled, made friends, made babies, laughed and cried together. And now, we are setting out on a new adventure…… Read the rest

Additional Titles

I work at Skyline Hospital as an IT administrator. I maintain computers, networks, and help out the hospital staff with their digital woes. It’s something I feel I’m good at, but to be honest, it’s not something I’m overly excited about. But a couple times a year, I get to put on my creative hat and do some photo a video work for the hospital.… Read the rest


If you follow either Jess or myself on Instagram, you probably saw that we went on a family trip to Kauai recently. It was a great trip, though it may have highlighted some chapters being turned in our lives.

Pacific Ocean sunset looking over Queen's Bath in Princeville, HI on the island of Kauai

We traveled there with Elijah, Jess’s parents and her sister Krista. It was a nearly full van, especially the first and last day with all our luggage.… Read the rest

It’s not my job

“It’s not my job!”

Have you heard that lately? Said that lately? Well I’ve said both, felt both and possibly encouraged both. Why is that? Is it necessarily even a bad thing? Let’s dive in!

Let’s start off with determining the validity of the statement. There are times for the statement, “It’s not my job” to be used in realistic, productive way.… Read the rest

Up-ended Routines

This winter, I was on the schedule to serve at our church. The roads were dicey due to some recent snow storms, but I had missed nearly a month of services because of travel, work or bad weather, so I shoveled the driveway, brushed off the car and got our little family on the road.… Read the rest

REEL Replay | Nepal 2018

It’s been nearly a year since I went on a trip to Nepal and while late, I finally did a recap video. Now this is just a piece of the work, with more to come later. It was great to relive my time there. I went there with my good friend Andy Holm to trial run a dream of ours to make an organization that helps businesses that are dedicated to reaching into their respective communities and making an impact.… Read the rest

Pregnancy Struggles Update

You all have been following along on my pregnancy journey. I want to thank you for your prayers and investment into thinking about me. Your kind words and support have meant a lot. I decided that it’s time I give you an update on how it has all been going.

For those of you that don’t know, I am pregnant!… Read the rest