Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Adoption Trip #7 – Photo..

So, our camera (being a little old) is going on the fritz. Oh, its taking pictures. It’s just not letting us get the pictures off the camera. So, while we have some fun pictures to share with you… we can’t. While I do some troubleshooting, you’ll have to settle for a pic from the camera […]

Adoption Trip #6 – Dear Mason #2

Dear Mason, Right now you are sleeping in a crib next to our bed. This is quite strange. In fact, this whole day has been quite strange. I know you feel the same way. I can’t imagine how confused you must feel. The woman who has been caring for you for the past nine months, […]

Adoption Trip #5: A Quick Update.

So, a quick update. We met Mason this morning around 9:50 am (mountain time) and we’re spending the day sitting around the pool. He’s been sleeping in the stroller for about an hour now and I just came up to get a good book (Embracing Grace by Scot McKnight – seems fitting). More later, but […]

Adoption Trip #4: Dear Mason…

Dear Mason, We haven’t met you yet. We’ve just seen pictures. I’ll be honest, you’re amazingly cute! I think I am safe assuming that you’ll be even more beautiful when we meet you. (I promise, I won’t call you beautiful when you are 13. But, I’m going to now because you are allowed to call […]

Adoption Trip #3: Hello Guatemala

So, I am sitting in lobby of perhaps the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. This place is absolutely gorgeous. I love the architecture and the bed, well the bed is unbelievable! Oh, Apparently the president of Spain stays here when he visits. However, the guy in the shuttle said that George Bush is […]

Adoption Trip #2: The Philadelphia Airport Friday's Stinks (Literally)

We’re sitting on the nice comfortable rocking chairs in the A Terminal of the Philadelphia International Airport.  Our flight was delayed an hour so we had lunch at the Friday’s here in the terminal (which, by the way, had the slowest service ever – aren’t airport restaurant’s supposed to have quick and speedy service? Oh, […]

Adoption Trip #1: And We're Off!

The trip has begun. Melanie and I will be on the road in 15 minutes (10:00 am Eastern Time). Hopefully we’ll find some internet access along the way or when we get there and update you on things…