Marcus J Carlson

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Let the Preparations Begin

The Christmas preparations have begun. Given all of the decorating, baking, cooking, shopping, other tasks and events of this season, I have to begin my preparations for Christmas almost immediately in November.  It is a lot of work, but I love doing it. For me, the joy of the holiday season is found first and […]

It is Well

Life is going very well and I have very few complaints. Like most people I would prefer to have less weight on my body and more funds in my bank account, but other than that there are no complaints that I could possibly come up with. Life has been an adventure and I continue to […]


I appreciate seasons. Seasons are essential to growth and life. When we think about seasons, our first thought turns to seasons of weather. While spring is my least favorite season (it’s the worst on my allergies and I don’t like all the mud!), after a long, cold and snowy winter, the change of seasons is […]


I am very thankful. Its clear, even in difficult moments that I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful, beautiful, healthy and richly connected family. I am so thankful to be in a place in life where I can serve God in the church, serve within my community and still have time […]

General Update

It is nice to be back into a routine personally and as a family. I have found my way back to the gym 2-4 times a week, have gotten back into my devotional routine and the rest of the family is on a good, regular schedule. Things continue to go well with work and at […]

Exciting Times Ahead

There are many exciting times ahead for me in the coming months and its hard to believe. This time last year I was winding down my time at Bethel Lutheran church, mourning the change and thinking how much I would miss the people, while also being relieved as it related to some other challenges. I […]


I have to admit, its been quite the journey working to earn my Doctoral degree. I have loved the time with colleagues and friends, have been blessed by the reading, grown from the writing and cherish this experience. It is also the hardest thing I have ever done. It was stressful, overwhelming and grumpiness producing. […]

Super Bowl-Experience of a Lifetime

There are very few items that I have on my bucket list, partially because I have never spent a lot of time working on it, partially because I am young still and also because I have just been so thankful for all that God has given me. For my age, I have lived a great […]

Christmas Letter

Read our Christmas letter (PDF file) here or below (without pictures). Carlson Family Christmas Letter 2013 Greetings Friends & Family- In our Christmas letter last year, we mentioned that we were very excited to see what 2013 would bring. Needless to say, we had no idea what 2013 would bring, and it certainly was a […]

Bring on the Holidays

October was certainly a full month, yet it felt as though it flew by. There were many challenging things I had to face personally and professionally, but there were also many great things that I was able to enjoy and celebrate personally and professionally. I am always excited for the start of November. November is […]

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