Harris Family Archives

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (February 23, 2009) - My eight-year-old daughter Emma was fascinated by a book she got from the library about immigrants and the history of Ellis Island. So this past Christmas I bought her a book called The Arrival by Shaun Tan. The Arrival... ( Keep Reading » )

Ten Years of Grace (September 30, 2008) - I'm in Florida with Shannon celebrating our tenth anniversary, so blogging will be light for a while.... ( Keep Reading » )

Family Pictures (August 1, 2008) - On Thursday Kristen Snyder came over to take pictures of the whole family. This young lady is a great photographer, very professional and skilled. If you're planning a wedding or need family or engagement photos, I can't recommend her enough.... ( Keep Reading » )

A Busy Weekend (July 25, 2008) - It's a busy day today for the Harris family and Covenant Life Church and I'd appreciate your prayers for us this weekend. Yesterday, after a four-hour flight delay, my family from Oregon (along with my grandma from Ohio) arrived at... ( Keep Reading » )

Fathers' Day Crash (June 15, 2008) - Today on my way to preach at Jerry Cisar's church in St. Pete, I totaled my friend Wayne Ellerman's car. Emma and Joshua Quinn were with me. Everyone was fine, but we were all shaken up. Five cars were involved... ( Keep Reading » )

Family Vacation (June 5, 2008) - This week, my family and I depart for a long-anticipated vacation in Florida. Some very kind friends let us use their place in Sarasota. (The picture is from last year's vacation during a visit to our favorite ice-cream spot... ( Keep Reading » )

Our Silly Dinosaur Movie (May 12, 2008) - Monday is my day off. Today the kids and I decided to make a movie with the toy dinosaurs that Joshua Quinn got for his birthday. We hope you enjoy our silly creation! (Listen during the scene where the T-Rex... ( Keep Reading » )

My Two Songbirds (May 1, 2008) - This week's installment of "Thursdays at the Harris House" from Shannon is an audio clip. She and Emma (age 8) love to sing. This is a recording of the two of them singing "Thirty Days Has September." -->... ( Keep Reading » )

Amazon Bestseller: Do Hard Things (March 26, 2008) - In late-breaking proud-older-brother news, Do Hard Things, written by my brothers Alex and Brett, spent yesterday climbing the charts on amazon.com. As Brett wrote last night, "20 minutes left for the day and we've reached #5 overall and #1... ( Keep Reading » )

A Brief Reunion (February 22, 2008) - I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was headed to the annual Desiring God Pastors' Conference. I only ended up being there for a day because of sickness in my family, but I was able to hear one... ( Keep Reading » )

Fathers and Sons in Minneapolis (February 1, 2008) - The picture is almost six years old. I was with three of my brothers Alex, Joel and Brett after speaking at a festival. We were hot, tired and looking into the sun when we snapped the picture. Next week... ( Keep Reading » )

Honoring My Wife (January 31, 2008) - This post is an unabashed display of husbandly pride. Forgive me, but I want to honor my amazing wife. She spends herself managing our home and caring for and educating our three children. Like all mothers, she could be... ( Keep Reading » )

My Kid Brothers in the News (January 12, 2008) - This post is not an endorsement of any political candidate, but as a proud older brother, I have to pass this on... Today The New York Times has an article that extensively quotes my brothers, Brett and Alex, about their... ( Keep Reading » )

Jerry Bridges' New iPod (November 18, 2007) - Today our church was blessed to have Jerry Bridges preach. This godly, faithful man is best known for his books like The Pursuit of Holiness and The Discipline of Grace. He's also an outstanding Bible teacher who has served... ( Keep Reading » )

More Wedding Pictures (September 16, 2007) - Here are a few more shots from the wedding (which had multiple photographers at work). Kristen Snyder, a young lady in our church, took these of my beautiful wife Shannon and our youngest, Mary Kate:... ( Keep Reading » )

Brandy's Wedding (September 16, 2007) - Yesterday we celebrated the wedding of our dear friends Mark and Brandy. The whole Harris family was involved. Shannon was a matron of honor, Emma and Mary Kate were flower girls, Joshua Quinn was the ring bearer and I officiated.... ( Keep Reading » )

Labor Day Nature Walk (September 3, 2007) - Hope you're having a great day with family and friends. Here are some pictures from a little walk I took with Emma and Joshua Quinn today. We went to Seneca Creek. The trail winds through the woods. This is a... ( Keep Reading » )

Photo for our Scrapbook (July 21, 2007) - Life goes by so fast. Too fast. The kids grow. They change in the blink of an eye. That's why our family takes the time to create a family photo album each year. We want to try and capture the... ( Keep Reading » )

Home From Na (May 30, 2007) - The Harris family is happily reunited and all wearing our Na t-shirts (including Emma's Samantha doll!) It was great seeing all of you at in Louisville. I can't wait till next year!... ( Keep Reading » )

Shannon's Monday Project (May 22, 2007) - Monday is my day off. I was particularly tired yesterday, so it was a pretty low-key day for me. The weather was beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside. Joshua Quinn and I played a little tennis.... ( Keep Reading » )

Weird Snow Creation (March 17, 2007) - Yesterday, after a week of warm weather, we got snow again. It wasn't that much—certainly not enough to build a snow man. The picture above was taken a few weeks ago. I decided to do something different than the... ( Keep Reading » )

Tokyo Seminar (December 6, 2006) - We're back safe and sound in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We've been reunited with our dear baby, Mary Kate. It's good to be a whole family again. Our little girl sprouted two teeth while we were away and learned to pull herself... ( Keep Reading » )

Joshua Quinn's Blog Post and Photo Essay (December 2, 2006) - Well, we're almost ready to come home. As we sit here, waiting to get on the train for the airport, we decided to let Joshua Quinn do his own post. The following are his exact words, dictated to Dad.... ( Keep Reading » )

Shannon's Final Japan Post (December 2, 2006) - Hi, everyone. This is Shannon, and this may be my last "Japan trip" post because we leave tomorrow around 11:30 a.m. for the airport. Josh has been doing his seminar all day here in Tokyo. Sono went along with him,... ( Keep Reading » )

Speaking in Tokyo Today (December 1, 2006) - Shannon and I just got off the phone with our pediatrician Dr. Niu (thank God for this dear man and the way he serves us and so many others in our church!) Joshua Quinn's cough has gotten pretty bad and... ( Keep Reading » )

A Blog Post from Emma (November 30, 2006) - Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome guest blogger Emma Grace Harris. The following are her own words, dictated to dad about our trip, along with photos that she chose to include... Hello, everyone! Hey, guess what I got. I got a... ( Keep Reading » )

Food and an Update on Joshua Quinn (November 30, 2006) - Yesterday was low key. We stayed close to home so that Joshua Quinn could rest. His fever is all gone, and last night he ate something for the first time in almost two days. He's back to being his noisy,... ( Keep Reading » )

Gratefulness (November 29, 2006) - We're back in Tokyo at the Mission Center where we stayed our first night when we arrived. We'll be staying here till we leave on Sunday. Joshua Quinn is still sick. His fever came back strong yesterday before we took... ( Keep Reading » )

At MeySen School (November 29, 2006) - We woke this morning to find Joshua Quinn's fever down slightly. So he's better, but still weak and a little warm. Thank you so much for praying. We ended up spending an extra day here in Sendai. We'll leaver later... ( Keep Reading » )

Some More Pics (November 28, 2006) - Here are some more pictures from different moments on our trip... A small slice of the kids choir at the last session of the conference in Hakuba. My mom, Shannon and my grandma hamming it up at a rest stop... ( Keep Reading » )

Prayer Request (November 28, 2006) - Please pray for us. Joshua Quinn just woke up with a bad fever. We've been going pretty hard, so he's worn out. Thank you.... ( Keep Reading » )

Sushi (November 28, 2006) - When I was a kid, I wasn't much of a sushi eater. At my grandmother's house I would pick at the maki rolls with vegetables, but I stayed away from the raw kind. It really wasn't till I came to... ( Keep Reading » )

Sendai (November 27, 2006) - It's so encouraging to read comments from members of Covenant Life Church! We love and miss you all so much. Thank you for thinking of us and carrying us on your hearts. After finishing the conference in Hakuba we traveled... ( Keep Reading » )

Follow up on Hakuba (November 27, 2006) - This is Shannon. Here's a bit more commentary--and some photos!--to add to the last post: I mentioned that we started out by subway Wednesday morning in Tokyo - which is really cool--I can't wait to go back--and then got on... ( Keep Reading » )

Making Friends in Hakuba (November 24, 2006) - Hey, this is Shannon again--here's an update. Due to technical difficulties, it's a little belated. On Nov. 22, we traveled the better part of the day up to Hakuba, where the conference is taking place. We took a train, which... ( Keep Reading » )

Last Day of the Conference (November 24, 2006) - It's 10pm Friday night in Hakuba. I just finished my session on the unique sexual temptations that men and women face. The message is based on Proverbs 5. In it, I challenge men to delight in only one woman--their wife.... ( Keep Reading » )

Hanging in Hakuba (November 23, 2006) - Sorry it's been a while since our last entry. We've had some technical difficulties with the internet. I'm having to type on one of the hotel computers. It switches to Kanji characters every so often for no apparent reason. We're... ( Keep Reading » )

We're Here! (November 21, 2006) - Hello, everyone! By God's grace we arrived last night in Japan. I'll let Shannon fill you in on the all the details of the trip: The flight was fourteen hours. Most of it went well. It was nice to... ( Keep Reading » )

Off to Japan (November 19, 2006) - Hey, this is Shannon. Well, Sono (Josh's mother) and Lily (his extremely strong 81 year old g'ma--what a neat woman!) are here in Gaithersburg. Tomorrow we leave for the trip of a lifetime--we will be heading out to Sendai Japan,... ( Keep Reading » )

Trip to Japan (November 5, 2006) - Several years ago, I began to pray a simple prayer: "Lord Jesus, please allow my books to be translated into Japanese, and please allow me to one day preach the gospel in that nation." Because of my Japanese ancestry... ( Keep Reading » )

On Vacation (June 6, 2006) - This week my family heads south for our vacation. A very kind friend is letting us use their place in Florida. We're really looking forward to this time together. Maybe our paths will cross this month. Here are two places... ( Keep Reading » )

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