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Matt Mooney

Matt Mooney

rEcess comes to town

Over time, we have had folks inquire about how they might get more information on how to start a rEcess in their community.  If you have contacted me wanting this information , please e-mail me at info@99balloons.org OR if you haven’t but would like some information please let me know. We will be conducting some…

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wagon

Gin & I just bought a new car (Subaru Outback); we didn’t go with the Sienna, but after seeing this, maybe we should have.  This is brilliant on so many levels. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql-N3F1FhW4[/youtube]

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the turning of a page

Anders is 99 days today.  This demarcation obviously carries weight in our home.  Do we celebrate or do we cry?  Well, as seems always to be the case, probably both- honestly. The page is turned today whereby we are no longer able to contextualize Anders’ life in terms of Eliot’s.  Having been able to do…

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nyc recap

We arrived home on Thursday night. I have been laying low and feeling sick every since. Many bring back mugs and others shirts, but I brought back the swine flu- although I suddenly prefer the more professional label of H1N1; makes me sound less like someone out rolling around in slop. Anyway, I am fine,…

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NYC with rascals in tow

Recently, Ginny & I have taken to referring to Hazel & Anders as, “the rascals”- you’ll notice there is no “little” in there, and that is no mistake.  We all leave tomorrow (Sunday) headed to Manhattan.  We’re thrilled that our friend, Becky, is joining us on the trip- although none are quite as happy as…

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the circus comes to town

Anders is laughing & cooing; continuing in his easygoing and charming ways.  He’s even allowed his mom and dad to sleep 7 continuous hours a few times- a feat his sister did not manage to pull off until around 8 months. Speaking of, Hazel is busy making teeth.  They look gargantuan in her 18-month mouth. …

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even if

Way too long ago, I referenced a post that I was wanting to get around to.  I have received a few inquiries in relation to sharing our story that hover around a particular question that I believe many have when they hear us speak as we do, or write as we do, or live as…

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round here…

This weekend, Ginny & Anders have headed off to a women’s retreat with our church.  I am headed to pick up Hazel for a weekend together; she spent the night with her grandparents, so I could help with last night’s rEcess.  I am sure our time together will include many puzzled pleas for “mommy”, but…

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easter

Ginny & I were talking last night about how wonderful Easter is to us now.  I guess it always was or, at least, always should have been; however, there is no denying that the commemoration of the cross and resurrection pulses through our veins and into our heart as never before.  It is not a…

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the thing about a house

By Matt Mooney | March 6, 2019

We are in the midst of moving.  Boxes are stacked eye level whereby it is dangerous to walk through them.  Especially, for the 1st grade boy tossing the football for touchdown catches between said boxes who are now dutifully serving as defense in the game played only in his head.  Watch out for the boxes,…

1 thing series:: Shannan Martin [episode 94]

By Matt Mooney | January 23, 2019

We wrap up the 1 thing series with Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places as well as other titles. Shannan shares how she found her voice in the country and her story in the city.  Shannan, her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, and their kids, live as grateful neighbors in Goshen, Indiana. www.shannanwrites.com  //  instagram & twitter  // Find our…

1 thing series:: Patrick Gray & Justin Skeesuck [episode 93]

By Matt Mooney | November 15, 2018

The 1 thing series continues with this pair of friends who dived into an adventure together so harrowing and bold that it has become the subject of a film as well as multiple books known as “I’ll Push You.” Listen along as they discuss how their friendship dealt with a disease that slowly took away many of Justin’s…

1 thing series:: Nancy Guthrie [episode 92]

By Matt Mooney | November 15, 2018

We sat down to talk author, podcaster and teacher, Nancy Guthrie, whose story of towering loss and pain is one that will stay with you. Nancy shares of the one difficult thing that God used to shape her faith and life. You can find and follow Nancy at nancyguthrie.com. Her latest books are What Every Child…

1 thing:: Jennifer Dukes Lee [episode 91]

By Matt Mooney | November 15, 2018

Jennifer Dukes Lee joins us on the 1 thing series to discuss the farm life she never wanted. She is the author of numerous books with her latest release entitled It is All Under Control. You can find out more about her and her books at JenniferDukesLee.com. Learn more about 99 Balloons All-In sponsorship program…

1 thing:: Shawn Schwartzman [episode 90]

By Matt Mooney | November 15, 2018

Shawn Schwartzman joins the 1 THING series to tell of how following a child home changed his life. Shawn & his wife, Anita, are the founders of Potter’s House in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Potter’s House is a preschool, tutoring, community-serving organization- oh and a thrift store (and much more). Learn more about 99 Balloons All-In sponsorship program at…

1 thing series:: Mike Rusch [episode 89]

By Matt Mooney | November 15, 2018

Mike Rusch is the CEO of Pure Charity in Bentonville, Arkansas; this role places Mike in the lives of numerous leaders on many fronts who are seeking to help and serve others. We discuss common pitfalls of the justice arena as well as the one question that has shaped his life and work. Learn more…

1 thing:: Suzanne Stabile [episode 88]

By Matt Mooney | June 11, 2018

[We are releasing a couple of sneak peaks of our upcoming series- 1 THING: where we ask leaders, dreamers & catalysts what one thing changed the trajectory of their life.] We get to chat with an atypical favorite and enneagram teacher Suzanne Stabile.  Suzanne is the author of The Path Between Us which discusses an enneagram journey to…

1 thing series:: Kyle Unruh [episode 87]

By Matt Mooney | June 11, 2018

[We are releasing a couple of sneak peaks of our upcoming series- 1 THING: where we ask leaders, dreamers & catalysts what one thing changed the trajectory of their life.] Kyle Unruh is a thinker, coach and father- not to mention Ginny and I’s former boss and current friend.  Listen as he discusses his one…

atypical:: matt chat [ep. 86]

By Matt Mooney | April 18, 2018

Ginny & Matt attempt a chat in their recovery week from 99 Balloons’ Engage Conference.  They’re talking…. Matt’s issues with Christian Conferences Seeking Jesus in times of busy-ness FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) vs FOGO (Fear Of Going Out) & Ginny’s rant on winter’s inability to go away Reading:: The Well (Sarah Thebarge) A Guidebook…