Hangin’ with Hoosiers…

Kim with Cali

Our time in Ohio was a ton of fun – Kim Bobb, her church, the circus, but the highlight was their little dog, Cali. (short for California) Besides being hypoallergenic, was a lot of fun. I even trained her to eat from a star wars light saber spoon

Strong in the Force, this dog is.

Sara and I couldn’t decide who we would miss more… Kim or Cali?!
but we did have to finally hit the road,

But not without kissin’ the dog goodbye.

But soon we were back on the road and headed toward Hoosierland (Indiana for those of you in Rio Linda) We passed the golden, er, blueish Arches and headed West…

Pay no attention to the splatted bugs…

Once again we took in the scenic scenes of scenery.

Finally, (after an antique store stop, of course) we got to Sweetser, Indiana, home of Ryan Frank and Liberty Baptist Church, and had no trouble finding his house, since, after all, as he explained, it was the first house on the right…

On the right of what?!?!

I love what they’ve done with the lawn!!

New house and new baby… God is Good!

One thing I like about visiting the Franks is there is always a meal with extended family – something that seems to be fading in our culture, or at least in the city and ‘burbs.’ Ryan is a children’s pastor under his father-in-law who was a youth pastor under the father-in-law before him. Another pastor, Uncle Pete, is a pastor at the church too. We enjoyed exchanging ideas, and of course, Dad was put on the spot to offer his son-in-law a sabbatical! He offered Ryan a three hour sabbatical right after he gets his. More to come, keep in touch!

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Karl Bastian is the founder of Kidology.org, the creator of ToyboxTales.com, and the author of OrderoftheAncient.com. His personal website is Kidologist.com He is Big Kid with a passion for equipping and encouraging those who minister to children.


  1. Hey Guys! We’re glad to see you made it safely to Farm Country!!! Cali wimpered all day wondering where you two had run off to. I tried consoling her but there was no end to her sadness! Enjoy the rest of your trip! Tell Ryan, Beth and Lucy we said hello! We’re praying for you guys! Your Oh Hi Oh Buddies, Nick and Kim Bobb

    PS~”Wa wa wa wa wa wa WATCH THIS MOVIE KIDS wa wa wa wa wa wa” ~Nick Bobb

  2. Glad to see you made it safely! The pastoral staff at our church can get confusing remembering who’s related to who. Talk to you later!

  3. Is that a Treo that Ryan has on his hip? Is it the same kind that Karl keeps on his side also?

  4. Karl!
    Your lightsaber spoon is blue! My lightsaber spoon is red! Am I in trouble? Is there some spiritual conotation? Have I fallen to the dark side unknowingly?

    ON the light side – great article about leadership from Pastor Kim!


  5. Pastor Todd… You are correct. That was a Treo on his hip. It is a fairly new toy. I don’t think Karl carries a Treo. I think he carries a Tungsten T|3.

  6. NOPE – Karl now has a Treo!! and gets his laptop online with it.

  7. Yes we are both carrying a Treo on our belt. They say great minds think alike :-) This phone/palm/camera/web browser is a must for all gadget guru’s!

    Karl and Sara – great visit! Come again soon…

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