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

A week without internet…

Vacation…Melanie and Cole and I spent the last week in Ocean City, MD and it was such a blessing to us. We realized that, besides our honeymoon 6 years ago this was our first real family vacation (just us). We spent the week at the beach and pool and had a great time. I got […]

A little vacation…

My wife and I are celebrating our sixth (6th!) year of marriage this week. (Actually, it was Saturday). But a friend is letting us borrow their house in Ocean City, MD this week to have an extended celebration. So, for the next few days we’ll be down in MD enjoying the break. Its funny, after […]

Todd Garfunkel?

Kevin, a good friend, has found my long lost brother…

Adoption News!

We’re one step closer to “meeting” our child from Guatemala! We got an important paper in the mail yesterday. From my wife’s blog: [This] is the paper we have been waiting on from immigration stating that we are approved to adopt. Now we send that, along with our dossier, to Guatemala and will be able […]

Lord Teach Us To Pray Part II – Why Don't We Do It?

Richard Foster writes in his book, “Prayer” “We are not quite sure what holds us back [from praying]. Of course, we are busy with work and family obligations, but that is only a smoke screen. Our busyness seldom keeps us from eating or sleeping or making love.” (p. 7) You know what they say, “actions […]

Masturbation (a.k.a "The M-Word")

You might be wondering what in the world brought on this post. Well, my wife is addicted to the TV show “Friends” and she recently bought one of the seasons on DVD. We have been watching them together every so often after our son Cole heads to bed. In a recent episode, Monica walks in […]

Praying with the Church

Prayer has always been a struggle for me. I’ve grown up in a tradition that highly values personal prayer and personal scripture reading as the most basic means of Spiritual Formation but if I am being honest, I have struggled my whole life with both of these.Over the past month, I have become more and […]

Somewhere in Guatemala…

Somewhere in Guatemala, there is a single mother carrying the child that my wife and I will raise as part of our family. I imagine It’s likely that she is young, barely 16. Quite possibly, has been sent to the city to carry and birth the child to save her family the shame. Is she […]

Adoption Update

You can read it here on my wife’s blog. I think she’s starting to enjoy this blogging thing and it warms my heart! Also, a lot of you are asking how you can help, well, in the next couple days i’ll put up some info on some creative things you can do to help share […]

A prayer.

Almighty God, whose most deaar Son went not up to the joy set before he first suffered pain, and did not enter into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that I, walking in the way of the cross, may find it to be none other than the way of life and peace, through Jesus […]