Matt Todd is a retired space shuttle pilot. He would have been the first man to walk on Mars, but a freak pancake flipping accident led to him being dismissed from the space program. He spent three years in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in northern New Mexico in an attempt to rediscover his purpose. Now he uses his space travel and mountain man experience to help others tell their stories.
That’s a lie.
But it’s fun, right? Here’s the real scoop…
For as long as I can remember, I have loved a good story. As a child, I would make up all kinds of tall tales and unleash them on my parents. I think that’s why I was so drawn to the Star Wars Original Trilogy. It was masterful storytelling. Of course, the action figures didn’t hurt.
I planned on using my love for storytelling to make movies. I convinced my friends in 8th grade that I would become “the next George Lucas.” I even entered the Communications program at Milligan College with my sites set on moving to LA and attending film school after graduation.
Obviously, that didn’t happen.
I still love a good story, though. I love watching a good story on the big screen. I love reading a good story. I love hearing a good story. I heard some amazing stories while I worked the backcountry of Philmont Scout Ranch during the summers of 1995 and 1996. And I think some of that rubbed off on me because I love telling a good story.
And that’s why Life in the Fishbowl exists. Not because I’m a great storyteller, but because I just can’t stop telling stories.
It began in November, 2004, over on LiveJournal. It was an attempt to share my seminary experience with friends and family across the country. If I remember correctly, it was originally called something like Random Thoughts of a Reluctant Seminarian. Eventually, the blog was renamed to MattDanToddLand because the nature of the blog had begun to change. It wasn’t just about my seminary experience, but everything else about me, too. It was my little kingdom in the vast space that is the World Wide Web.
I’m no longer in seminary. And this blog has continued to change. It’s more of a chronicle of our family’s life in…well…a fishbowl. Hence the name change.
It has been said that serving in full-time vocational ministry means your family feels like they’re living in a fishbowl. When I accepted my position as Pastor at a small rural church, we instantly became a conspicuous family because my kids became “Preacher’s Kids.” And my wife became the “Preacher’s Wife.” Instead of complaining and running from the fishbowl concept, we decided to embrace it and take advantage of the opportunity to live our life with transparency. Pastors and their families are people, too. And that has been declared loud and clear on Life in the Fishbowl.
While I am no longer a full-time pastor, our family is still pretty conspicuous. In September 2009, we brought Mihret home from Ethiopia to her forever family. Now we continue to live in a fishbowl as we journey through life together as a transracial family.
In January 2014, we announced that our family was growing again. Our hearts have been captured by a boy in Ethiopia and we are pursuing his adoption. We brought Weldu home in February, 2016.
Things I love*
the Indiana Hoosiers
the Evansville Aces
Taco Bell’s Bacon Cheeseburger Burrito (I hope they bring it back)
orphan care and adoption
the Indianapolis Colts
the St. Louis Cardinals
coaching instructional baseball
Philmont Scout Ranch
the feeling of brand new dress socks on your feet
Things I don’t love
the BCS (the BCS is dead!)
University of Kentucky athletics
honky-tonk country music
doing the dishes
Thanks for checking in on me! Feel free to stick around and check things out. This blog’s been around for a while. I’m sure there are some gems you could dig up if you felt like it!
*I think it should go without saying that I love Jesus, Christy, and my kids. But I should probably say it anyway. Even though they really aren’t things.