Category Archives: Family

Proud to be an American (or at least a dual citizen)

Yesterday was a fun day with the family as I became an American Citizen… Thanks to my good friend Tim Massie and his company Chase the Wind Photography we were able to capture the moment. Click here to check it out.

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Dance Recital

Proud of my girls… months of practice and they performed in front of thousands of people (no exaggeration) at Proctors. Enjoy the video of my girls.

Dance Recital from Gareth Gilpin on Vimeo.

Aidan’s Award Winning Patriotic Essay (and a little Jimi Hendrix)

Aidan’s Awarding Winning Patriotic Essay from Gareth Gilpin on Vimeo.

Wow! What a year.

My wife often accuses me this time of the year of getting philosophical and reflective… and maybe I do (after all its the end of the year and I get one year older). As I was looking back on 2008 I was struck by God’s incredible faithfulness and blessings on our life. Some highlights from 08:

  • An incredible week of prayer and fasting in January and so many promises both personally and corporately to our church
  • 10 days in Ireland in February with my family.
  • An awesome trip to Kansas to serve a church there.
  • The opportunity to visit many wonderful friends and family in Portland.
  • A great staff retreat in June… I work on one incredible team.
  • A first ever visit and game in the right field bleachers of Yankee Stadium.
  • Doing dinner with Craig Groeschel and Steven Furtick.
  • Steak & Rake 08.
  • Brett Favre’s retirement and un-retirement
  • Shea Stadium and a day in NYC with my son.
  • One unbelievable week in Disney winning an evening in the castle. Can’t tell you how much we felt God love and pleasure as a family.
  • Riding Big Thunder Mountain with Aidan, Sophie and Madeline (Mads was just crazy funny).
  • The opportunity to meet Mark Batterson (his book is part of the reason we ended up here in Albany).
  • The opportunity to spend a couple of days with my wife in Montreal to celebrate our 13th anniversary. I can’t tell you how much I couldn’t do life without her.
  • Having the opportunity to go to the Catalyst Conference (a dream came true).
  • 50 Thanksgiving food boxes to families in our community
  • The opportunity to go to Soldier Field and watch the Packers play the Bears in the coldest game ever played there (-12).
  • Blogging, facebook and twitter.
  • New friendships with this guy and this guy.
  • The iPhone 3G.
  • An incredible Christmas season… in a little over two weeks across all three campuses we gave over $60,000 to local and global charities. Incredible generosity!

I’m filled with gratitude when I look back at 2008. This year has not been without its disappointments and failures, but I can’t tell you how blessed I feel. God is good all the time. I don’t know what 2009 has in store my I know that I’m going after God with everything I’ve got.

Happy 60th Anniversary

My Grandparents have been married for 60 years today. Incredible. Happy Anniversary to my Grandparents.

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I survived

We did it. We survived the coldest game ever played at soldier field (and all without any hunting outer garments). -12F (-24C for my friends in the UK). Great game, lots of tradition and a fight song that made it feel a little more like a college game (it might also be that we were in the cussing bears season ticket holder section with Packers stuff on). Great experience and a great stadium.

Made it on to our final flight after they sold our seats because they “assumed” we wouldn’t make it from Chicago. We’d only been sitting in the airport for five hours. So much for airline security and the ability to track customers. We held the plane ransom, actually just refused to get off (managed to delay it a further 15 minutes – I guess that my 15 minutes of fame (at least the passengers on flight 3178) and they finally offered someone a free ticket. No way I was flying to Boston, then Albany on the eve of Christmas eve, having been waiting all day in DC. I was amazed at how quickly The US Airways staff blamed their supervisor and didn’t work to alay my concerns as a customer. It was first blame and then think about problem solving without any compensation for the affected customer. Not a great reflection on the culture the company seems to be creating. Anyhow finally home and glad for the whole experience.

5 layers and I’m ready for the packers v bears