September 1 – St. Augustine’s

  My Sabbatical began with a retreat at the Lutheran Monastery: St. Augustine’s House in Oxford, Michigan.   As my Sabbatical comes to a close it’s Back to St. Augustine’s for a time to reflect on the impact this Sabbatical … Continued

Weeks of August 10 and 17 – the Shore

  Not everyone is on Sabbatical so it’s just Laura and I to the Outer Banks for some quality bonding time and plenty of time to rest and read. Amanda joined us for the weekend and we went deep-sea fishing … Continued

Week of August 4 – Returning to …

  Lisa went back to work, Julia went back to Columbus to go back to work, Amanda moved to Maryland to go to work.   Laura and I hung out, caught up on some rest, caught up on some chores … Continued

August 2 – Starting Work

  While we were away Amanda learned that two schools in Maryland were competing to hire her as their music teacher.   The winner was the University of Maryland Elementary School in Greenbelt, Maryland. So it was time to move … Continued

July 30 and August 1 – Jet Lag

  After getting some sleep, we unpacked and tried to stay awake and get back to feeling normal after some jet lag.  

July 30 – Travel Home

  It was up somewhat early today to go to the airport to begin or journey home. With the long lines for security and hundreds of people going through customs along with a short time between flights we were sure … Continued

July 29 – Switzerland & Como, Italy

  Today was an overcast and rainy day, which really limited what we were able to see. We took a bus tour through the Italian Lake district (I’m sure it was breathtaking!) to Switzerland. Even with the rain and overcast … Continued

July 28 – Venice

  Today we journeyed through the canals of Venice to Murano Island for a tour and demonstration at the famous Murano Glass factory, one of the last hand-blown glass factories left in Europe. This afternoon we returned to Venice and … Continued

July 27 – Florence, Venice

  The morning started with a trip to a 12th century castle in the heart of the Chianti region. We toured the winery and learned how to hold, smell, and swirl wine properly.   That afternoon we made our way … Continued