walking tall, flying high, and sitting down

Hello my friends.

It has been quite a while, I’ll bet you hadn’t noticed. But I cut a deal with myself that I’d update this sucker before I watched a movie. And if you break a deal with yourself, you are the wrong-doer and the wronged. A few things: first, I changed the format of this site’s theme because I didn’t like the other one very much. And yesterday I won an auction on eBay for a used 55-200 mm camera lens, which means you’ll be treated to pictures zoomed up much farther once it arrives.

Wow I just finished and you might wanna get a cup of something hot to sip on before you read. So many pictures. I’ll try to start doing less or posting more.

I got to make a trip home to South Carolina a while back. It started out as a casual  phone conversation with Dillon while I was sitting in a restaurant. There was a concert in his area that we both wanted to see. So I threw out the idea of me flying to him, us taking it in, and then driving back to our hometown. He was easy to convince..so we made it happen. Trips like that are great. And in ten years I might stumble across these pictures and smile. I doubt I’ll wish I had just saved the money and stayed home.

I did a whole bunch of things, lunch at Grandma’s was a highlight for sure.

hello my sweet friend

As soon as I got back to Oregon we hit the road en route to two banquets and a church service. It was a fun couple of days save for the sickness that followed us.


The first banquet was in Twin Falls, Idaho.

for those times when things get emotional on stage

The banquet in Albany found me feeling quite miserable. But we made it through.

my sick face

This is the park in Brownsville that I like to go to. I finally had to retire my faithful blue backpack. It had carried much homework and even traveled to a few other countries, but alas it was worn and torn.

Travis’s girlfriend, Christina, from Missouri came out to see us, mostly him, for a few days

One Sunday afternoon we went for a hike with some friends. There were beautiful hills that made me feel like  I was part of the Fellowship running through Middle Earth.

For two weeks we held down the fort while the owners of this lovely house were in Belize.


During our stay I made friends with the dog, learned how to do a little origami, and waded through a season and a half of Prison Break.

Phil Wickham, Micah Tyler, and Chris from Stars Go Dim

The Willamette Valley from Washburn Heights


I feel a little sorry for those of you living on parched ground. It rains here about every other day at least. Everything is green. I’ve got my plane tickets to come home for Christmas. Until then, thank you for praying for me. I’m doing quite well the last few days. God is good to me, and so are his people.


Published by javenbear

Javen Bear is 25 years old and lives with his beautiful wife Aleisha in Phoenix, Arizona. He's a graduate student in a mental health counseling program at Grand Canyon University where he also works as an admissions representative. Javen’s super-power, if he had one, would be the ability to press pause on the world and catch up on reading. He enjoys talking walks with his wife, playing guitar, and always uses Oxford commas.

2 thoughts on “walking tall, flying high, and sitting down

  1. Thank you Javen for the update. I am glad you got to take a trip home. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Keep singing for Jesus. We love you. Aunt Reba and Uncle Raymond.

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  2. Thanx for the update, Javen. We are praying for you. Like the pic of Travis and Christina with the sun coming down, the cat showing some interest in Christina’s lunch, the saddles on the fence and the barrel cooker behind… Good shot, you will look at that in a couple of years and it will stir your memories. I look forward to seeing you over Christmas. David McC..

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