DC/Baltimore 2015

A trip to the nation’s capital topped off with a trip to Charm City.

Stopped by Nationals Stadium for a game. Bryce Harper and Papelbon got into a fight in the dugout, but we somehow missed the whole thing.

Jared couldn’t pass up a brickwall shot. #dailybrickwall

Two whiskies and a hot chocolate for Shuffles.

Finally figured out how to play Uno.

One more stop at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. This is Cal Ripken Jr., one of my favorite players growing up.

Hello Russell.

Glad to keep these annual trips alive. Shuffles requested a less-walking trip for next year, so we’ll see where we end up.


Watched Fury recently. First off, Brad Pitt’s hair was on point. Apart from that, there were some Christian undertones within the movie. Mainly because of the character Boyd “Bible” Swan (LaBeouf). He was the main gunner in the tank crew and gained his nickname due to his association to being a Christian. Once scene that I particularly liked was towards the beginning when their new crew member joined. Boyd asks the new kid if he’s a praying man to which he replies, “I go to church”. The response was, “That’s not what I asked you”. Word.

But getting to what I really enjoyed about his character (spoilers ahead so stop reading). The tank crew is left alone to defend an intersection against 100+ Nazis. I know, very Hollywood, but before the inevitable the tank crew sits huddled in the tank awaiting their fate. Boyd then shares one of his favorite verses from the Bible that has guided him through the war, which comes from Isaiah 6:8.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.'”

What the heck? I wanted to say amen during the movie. This reminded me so much of what missions is. Yes, it can get perilous, but the question remains. Who will go? The soldiers depicted in the movie were reminded that if not them, then who? The Nazis needed to be stopped and someone had to do it. That was them, and they answered this difficult call. Although their situation seemed so bleak, I believe that they were encouraged that they got to be the ones to defend and make that difference. Even if no one ever found out about the sacrifice they made, there was some comfort in knowing that they were answering a higher call.

May those in the field answering His call be blessed.