Welcome Emma Hope Ciho


Emma was born on 11/30 by an emergency c-section at 32 weeks and 4lbs, 14oz. She is in the NICU, doing well and breathing on her own. We are hopeful that soon we will be able to bring her home!

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25th Anniversary of March 25th 1988

25 years ago a peaceful candle light vigil demonstrating for religious and civil liberties in the Hviezdoslav Square in Bratislava was scattered by police crashing cars into people, beating them with batons and using water cannons.

What strikes me in the police video below  is around 3:24 you can hear the voice of the operator instructing the fire trucks: “Use water cannons on that signing crowd immediately. Keep the cannons going.”

The good news that freedom was eventually won. Reason to rejoice is that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

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Summer in Slovakia

For several years we have had a longing to visit Slovakia as a whole family but it was always in the realm of dreams because of the exorbitant cost of airfare. So when friends or family asked when we were planning to visit Slovakia we smiled and said we didn’t have any specific plans while on the inside a little sadness set in because of how unlikely such trip seemed.

We decided to pray for a miracle and the kids took that very seriously. Every night before going to bed we pray with them and for long months they never failed to remember to ask God for a miracle so we could go to Slovakia together.

I shared my dream with a group of young men in our neighborhood during one our our bi-monthly Got Serious meetings. I told them that I was praying for and working towards this trip in faith that God would make it happen.

And God answered our prayers and provided the plane tickets! We are amazed and grateful and give him glory!

After the huge hurdle of plane tickets only a few details remain on our prayer list for this trip such as borrowing a pack-and-play for Jakob to sleep in, borrowing car seats for all 4 kids, etc.

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If not you, someone else will

This morning as I read the book of Esther several things stood out to me one of which I wanted to share here.

A brief background:

It is about 483-473 BCE. The Hebrew people are living in captivity in Persia after they were exiled by their captors. By God’s providence Esther is chosen to be the queen by king Xerxes (who did not know she was a Jew).

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Are we there yet?

Little kids have no concept of what a journey is. When you explain to a 4 year old that it takes two hours to get to the grandparents’ house that won’t stop her from asking every few minutes if we’re there yet.

I guess the thought process is that we’ve driven for a little while so perhaps we’ve driven enough to have reached the destination.

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Quiet Persistence

“I tried it and it didn’t work,” I remember Kaiya (5 years old at the time) saying after I took the training wheels off her bicycle. I smiled and said, “honey, you need to keep trying – that’s the only way you’re going to get it.”

It was easy for me to spot the problem. She was giving up too early, calling the approach flawed, drawing the wrong conclusion.

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Attention from the Powerful

The other night I attempted to download a PDF from a business consulting website. After I clicked the link I found out that I had to sign up for a free account before getting access to the content. I wanted the PDF so I signed up.

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