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 Best 1:43 you will spend today (A Mason Video)

Seriously, if you had to do spend 1 minute and 43 seconds doing something, you’d have a hard time finding a better way to do it…

The Chop

My beautiful wife went away for a “girls weekend” recently and came back looking a tad different. I’ve gotta be honest… I love it! She has had longer hair for as long as I can remember and every time she thinks about cutting it shorter she has flashbacks of the ‘fro she had when she […]

My Four Year Old Jesus Freak

We were rocking out to old school DC Talk in our house tonight….

Just so you know…

I love my wife like crazy. I can’t help it. She’s amazing. What’s a guy to do? I’ve loved her like crazy for 7 years. However, I told her yesterday, I love her more today, than the last 7 years combined. I think that’s a good thing. It’s not our anniversary or anything. She’s just […]

Travel Day from Philadelphia

So, this morning Melanie and I woke up the kids and got out of the house by around 6:50 for a 9:15 flight out of Philadelphia. It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the airport (usually takes about 1 hour that time of day). In addition to missing our flight and […]

An Adoption Sermon

Intro: Below is the sermon manuscript that I preached on August 10, 2007 after my wife and I and our new son Mason got home from Guatemala. I meant to post this a long time ago, but I had to make a few edits. I didn’t really make all the edits and I am fairly […]

Update on the Boys…

Sorry its blurry, but come on, is that hair not amazing? Click on the picture to enlarge it… We’ve been totally loving being parents of two kids. People keep on asking me if I am now really tired. Well, I am, but its not because the kids are keeping me up. Mason is basically sleeping […]

Guatemala Adoption Process Questions

Since our family finalized our adoption and brought our adorable son Mason Carlos home from Guatemala we’ve obviously received a ton of questions about the process. The first thing people usually ask is: “How long did it take? ” The answer there is: A LONG TIME! We started the process in January of 2006 and […]

Headed to Chicago

I’m headed to Chicago tomorrow (Thursday) till Saturday. Looking forward to a friend’s wedding (a friend from highschool) as well as some time with my parents. Playing golf twice with my dad, dinner tomorrow night with my brothers and I am sure my mom and I will go out for coffee together a few times. […]

Two Great Reasons to Work From Home

Unless I am out on a web design meeting or a church meeting, I work from home most days. My office is in the basement: When I go upstairs to get something to drink, or for lunch or for, well whatever… this is what I am greeted by: and sometimes this… Hmm… I think I’m […]