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

The Natural

Most of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that Cole and I play baseball together almost everyday. While we were home in Chicago visiting my parents we actually went out and bought a wiffle ball and bat so we could play a bit in the back yard. Here’s some footage:

At Wrigley Field with Cole

I’m writing this from Wrigley Field in Chicago. I came down with my brother, my dad and Cole. This is cole’s first time here and I’m not quote sure he gets how great this place is. I think in due time he’ll realize it, but today he was just excited to see Soriano play and […]

65 miles a gallon baby.

This is my “new” 1979 Yamaha xs400. Its not going to win any races or awards but it runs great, has 10,000 miles and they notoriously run forever. Now i have to learn how to maintain it. Time to get my hands all greasy. Yes, I will wear my helmet every time I ride. Yes, […]

Celebrating Adoptions Family Photos

Last night we had a family photo shoot. It turns out there is a group out there called Celebrating Adoption that helps adoptive families get a free photoshoot and pictures from a professional photographer within the first year that the child is home. Its really a great program and the photographer we connected with was […]

Update on the Poverty Forum, Missions Trip, Anniversaries, The Well

So, I’ve had a few crazy weeks and blogging has been on the way back burner as far as priorities go. I need a short break from working on my sermon so here we go… This will serve as a summary and update of my last two weeks. Mission Trip To Suburbia I posted recently […]

My 4/5 year old baseball star

I’ve been posting a bunch of serious thoughts lately so I thought something on the lighter side would be good. My son Cole loves baseball. We play together daily. He’s four, turning five this week. If you are a major league scout, you can contact me if you’d like.

Cole Learns to Ride His Two-Wheel Bike

This is the first day. About 30 minutes into our bike riding lesson. Not a bad days work!

Our First NASCAR Event

Okay, its time to come clean to the world. I love NASCAR. In fact, Cole and I attended our first NASCAR event this weekend at Dover International Speedway. Now, you’ve got to understand, I didn’t intentionally become a NASCAR fan. It was an accident. I promise. Last year the animated movie Cars came out and […]

Personal Financial Accountability In the Church, A Way Forward

For the first three years of our marriage my wife and I didn’t have any outstanding credit card debt. Then the crap hit the fan. Between some unnecessary purchases, not making enough money, hospital bills, and a string of car repairs, we amassed ourselves some significant credit card debt. Over the last two years we’ve […]

Don't Call Me Mr. Mom

I just got done pulling Strawberry Chex out of my son’s hair.  It was awesome. For the last two months Melanie (my wife) has been working on Thursdays so that means I have been home with the boys.  It’s funny, a number of people have made the predictable “Mr. Mom” comment. I’ll be honest, I […]