Back to um, what’s it called? oh, yeah, work!

Well, this is it. The eve before my sabbatical is over. Tomorrow morning I head back to work, that is, if I can remember where I work. (hahaha) Wow, what an awesome trip this was! We got to travel to Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, (through a bunch of states on the train), Washington, Oregon, California and of course, Illinois. Got to go back to Yosemite (my favorite place on earth) plus Cedar Point (second favorite, funnest place on earth) plus along the way visited over ten churches meeting with the children’s pastor from most of them. (not to mention the Star Wars Convention, that was pretty cool too)

I was back in church on Sunday, but didn’t have to do anything, just enjoyed being there. It was great to see all the kids again, and nice to be fought over again. :) After church it was back to Culver’s, the unofficial after church hang out. These pictures from Sunday lunch say better than words why I am so glad to be back, and why I love my job so much…..

Still some more Sabbatical Posts coming – but thanks for following us along the way. POST A COMMENT and tell me what you enjoyed the most, or what you’d like to see more of on my blog now that the sabbatical is officially over. (Especially if you’ve been reading and never posted!)

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


  1. Karl, I’m sad now that the trip has finished…I follow you day by day and I really enjoyed it from Argentina.
    The best part was Oregon Coast. We loved the pics from there and It was a kind of privilege for us to visit Liberty Baptist Church and Shiloh Hills Fellowship from our PC. Thank you very much!!!
    You know? My husband Alex is going to Chicago next month, very near the church! May be he can go and visit you at church!

  2. Now that you have me addicted to checking your blog every day, now what am I going to do with all my free time? :-)

    We thank the Lord for the wonderful time He gave you and for your safe travels.

    Blessings as you head back to work. Give Sara a hug for me.


  3. Karl & Sarah-
    We’re glad to hear that you made it home safe and sound!!! We have TONS to tell you about the BAHAMAS!!! Call us soon!

    Nick & Kim Bobb <><

  4. Hooray! Karl’s back to work! And all the angels in, well, Chicago anyway rejoiced. :)

    So glad you were able to book us on your trip. Thank you! In retrospect, I was awfully cruddy feeling that week – bah, this whole year really, since it’s my first teaching – so I wish I was more awake for you. Ah well.

    By the way, sometime I want to talk to you about Moody. It keeps coming up in my heart, and I’d like to talk to you about considering it an option.

  5. I enjoyed the pictures from the churches you visited and thoughts from each of the ministry people you talked with.

  6. Two more of those still coming….

  7. Karl,
    I loved it and so did my friends! When you come to Florida, my friend’s son wants to meet you soooooo bad! They have been following along your trip too.
    Looking fwd. to hearing from you when you get through your stacks!
    Shelly in Florida!

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