Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I guess I should explain...

I just decided to look at this lazy blog I've been keeping and realized there is no explanation as to where I am and why I'm here and how I got here. If there was some type of blogger code out there I'm sure that I'd have violated most of it's shall's and shall not's!

Okay, so I had originally started this blog to keep all those interested up to date with my life in Costa Rica. I moved there with my wife and 2 kids in 2008 to take over a family owned pizzeria and start a coffeeshop. We lived there for 2 years and decided that we were not willing to sell our souls to the restaurant business so we left. We had a tremendous learning experience but found that we were not only out of money but completely unhappy. When my wife and I broke the news that we were moving back to the states to our kids they were pretty excited.

So much happened in those 2 years that I've thought of writing a book about it. I was so busy that there was no way I was able to keep up with a blog.
Well, we decided to move to Chicago with our good friends at Jesus People USA. We have had several friends from the ministry come and visit us in Costa Rica and our hearts have been with them since before we moved. Jesus People USA (JPUSA) is an intentional community and inner-city outreach that began in 1972. The movement has grown over the years and has seen a bunch of changes. My wife and kids and I have always visited here first when returning from Central America. This was a very natural and comfortable transition for us.

So in a nutshell, We are here now.
I am once again attempting to blog about my experiences here and will do my best to update regularly. I am sure I am the only one reading this but at least this will be a good test of my resolve... and writing skills.
-Joe

3 comments:

Marty Phillips said...

I read it so there is 2. I HAVE ALWAYS READ IT...I am kind of a Joe stalker so please keep me updated so I can make my next move. Thanks

Cinn Fields said...

Glad to hear of another thriving urban intentional community out there. Being in a group really multiplies your ability to have a good effect on a neighborhood.

Crazy-A said...

I read it. I only read it once, tho... so don't get too excited.