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A Little Christmas


Our house is relatively small. When the baby came a long we moved everything into the family room, which we now affectionately refer to as the piano/ computer/ tv/ playstation/ couch/ conversation/ three guitars/ big-‘ol-recliner-in-the-middle-of-the-floor room.

Or just the claustrophobia room for short.

Needless to say we didn’t have room for a Christmas tree this year.

Sarah’s Mom, who has such a great heart, saw our dilemma and bought us tree that was just the appropriate size for our house. Evie and I made the star.

Merry mini-Christmas!


2 Years Ago Today

IMG_5159I proposed to Sarah.

The night before I’d taken the chocolate out of her Starbucks Advent calendar and replaced it with a clue. That one led to another clue. The hunt took her all around the house and even online to some websites I’d made. It eventually led back to the calendar where I hid the ring in the box for Dec. 24th.

After the hunt Sarah wrote, “The beginning of the rest of our lives,” on the side of the box for the 11th. This year we socked the calendar Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Rollos and Hershey’s Kisses. Today Sarah and I shared 2 Kisses during our morning coffee. I took a picture of the calendar and we reminisced in how awesome the last two years have been.

The Beginings of a Rockstar

IMG_4966I promised Eve-Marie, my 7-year-old, that I’d start to teach her guitar when she finished her level 1 piano books. The other day she finished one of her books and Sarah bought the next level of piano books for her. So as a reward for learning to ride a bike I busted out my SG and taught Evie how to play Holy is the Lord. It was a glorious moment for me. I’ve given guitar lessons to more kids than I can count and always dreamed of the day I’d teach my own children.

Well it turned out I goofed. Apparently Evie didn’t finish her level 1 piano books, the book she finished is a pre-level book. So the level 1 books are really called “primers” and the level 2 books are called “level 1.” Sound confusing? Alright, it’s not just me then.

Sarah and I both want Evie to stay serious about piano so yesterday I told her that I would give her a guitar lesson only after she’d practiced the piano that day. Most days piano practicing is met with groans and whining but today Evie volunteered to practice with out coaxing. She then reminded me, “As you know, I practiced my piano today and you said you’d give me a guitar lesson when I did.”

At my house getting to practice guitar is a reward for practicing the piano. How do ya like that?

Goodbye Training Wheels!

All Dads suffer from the common lower-back pain of “stooping down to hold your child’s bike seat so they don’t fall over while they are learning to ride” -itis. After many months of this ailment my daughter took her first bike ride with out Dad’s help today:

We promised her that she could have a girly basket for her bike when she learned to ride it, so we did an awards ceremony for the bike-riding princess with all her royal subjects around as she was awarded her shiny basket of accomplishment:

Some pics of the basket on the bike:




I’m crazy proud of my girl.

Classy Church

Recently I applied for a worship position at a church and after taking some initial steps in the interview process we decided it wasn’t a good fit.

To show me how much they appreciated the effort I’d put in the church sent me a letter along with a Starbucks gift Card!

It made me wonder – if this is how classy they treat people who potentially want to work with them how cool must they be to their actual staff?

Whether your staff is paid or volunteer it reminded me that doing small extra things can go a long way towards shaping a productive staff that works together as a team.

It doesn’t have to be a cup of coffee but small things like a phone call, thank you card, leaving a comment or linking to someone’s website can be great affirmations.

BTW send Jon some link love. Apparently the poor guy doesn’t know what an iPhone is.

What is VHS?


Hey the Wiggles!


I wonder what you do with that?


Open it up.


Pop it in.


Push play.


What the…?!


What do I do with that?



Lo-Fi Tribe on Church Websites

An excellent blog I’ve recently been following is Shawn Anthony’s Lo-Fi Tribe. His take on faith is both insightful and authentic. On Friday he put up a thought-provoking post entitled:

The Use of Stock Photos on Church Websites

Shawn’s position seems to be one of “There is never any good reason to use stock photos on a church website. It’s just too fake.” (My paraphrase of his thoughts, not a direct quote.)

The comments others left rang with resounding agreement. The concept resonated with me as well. I believe using stock photos tends toward inauthenticity, but my view isn’t one of such totality. I’d say, “Yeah they are fake, and real pictures are better, but in some circumstances they could work.”

For example, Church Plant Media is a company who designs websites for church plants. Their client list includes such respectable organizations as Act29 Network, Purpose Driven Planting, and If you look through websites they’ve designed you see a lot of stock imagery.

I left some devil’s advocate style comments on Shawn’s site and received a hardy reply from his other blog readers. Shawn muses that when you publish something publicly, “you open yourself up to critique.” In regards to comments left on his site he was right. A great discussion ensued. The level of reaction was so gut-level I thought to myself, “Shawn’s really probed something deep here,” so I wanted to share the concept with you guys.

What do you think about using stock photography on church websites? How fake is it? Are there any legitimate reasons to do so?

Leave comments on Inept as Icing or Lo-Fi Tribe.

Manly Cup of Coffee

IMG_4548My favorite wedding gift was an espresso machine from my little brother. Having worked as a barista I’m a master frother and very particular about how I like my latte. I’d always wanted one and it rocked being able to freshly grind the beans and pull my own espresso.

The problem with home espresso is that it’s messy. Little grains of coffee bean get everywhere not to mention wiping down the machine when your done. It’s a lot of work for one cup of coffee and when life was busy it was tough to find time to enjoy this luxury.

After laying dormant for over a year I got a craving for some homestyle lattes and brought my machine out of retirement.

Of course it didn’t work.

The steamer wand was kickin’ out power but the brewing mechanism had a block. It made lots of noise and still I was staring at an empty cup.

So what do men do when faced with situations like this?

We start taking stuff apart [audible grunt]:





The Result

You put it back together and the dark rich syrup does flow:



So tasty. Starbucks doesn’t even come close.

More on Bad Worship Lyrics

Today I checked my site, and Laura Anne posted this comment about the song “I could sing of your love forever.” It reminded me of a great link I wanted to share. The easily offended need not click, but those seeking a hilarious romp of a post should proceed to:

Danny’s Blog Cabin – Top 5 Worst Worship Songs

At dinner last night my family was talking about all the other comments from my post on changing the lyrics to worship songs and I started signing, “Lift my hands and spin around.” I kid you not, on cue Ashlyn pumps her fist in the air:


Only 7 months old and already a worshiper. The other day I caught her trying to escape the walker to play my guitar:


You know this girl’s all about following in her dad’s footsteps. Now I just need to remember to raise her to write good lyrics.

Temporary Tattoos


HT: Sarah

What’s your family do for fun?

When the Water Park Closes

Today we created our own homegrown waterpark.

Sarah and I agreed to leave the computer off all day and spend some family time together. We thought it’d be fun to go to a real water park but apparently they’re only open on the the weekend.

This is what we resorted to:

(It was a ridiculous amount of fun)


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Chia Family Reunion 2007

This year I’m going web 2.0 with my reunion photos. I’m inviting everyone in my family to upload their reunion photos to a flickr account so we can all see each other’s photos in one place.

If you were at my family reunion you can email me at:

billy1979 [at] gmail [dot] com

and I’ll send you the password so you can add your photos to the site.

Mark Driscoll Loves My Coffee Cup


At which point my 6-year-old daughter walks in and says, “Hey, that’s my cup!”

After coffee I went outside to install some bigger subwoofers into my retarded car.



Photo by Sarah

How to Teach Kids Photography: Composition – Part 1

Bad Photo Example

If you, or a child you know, take(s) poor quality photographs don’t worry. Help is on the way. Billy Chia’s How to Teach Kids Photography tutorials are simple, real-life tips and tricks for increasing your photography skills one step at a time in child sized chunks.

Today’s tutorial will cover the following topics:

  • Filling the frame
  • Breaking the frame (Open Composition)
  • Not Breaking the frame (Closed Composition)

Follow the narrative to learn how to take better pictures by incorporating these elements of composition.

Warning: Eve-Marie’s self-portraits may cause you to fall out of your computer chair with laughter.
Continue reading ‘How to Teach Kids Photography: Composition – Part 1’

BMX Tragedy

Last week in mid air my handle bars just fell off.

Ever happen to you?

How to Teach Kids Photography: Perspective – Part 1

If you, or a child you know, take(s) poor quality photographs don’t worry. Help is on the way. Most people take bad pictures because all their pictures look same. The average person takes a picture by standing about 7-10 feet away from their subject matter and holding the camera at eye level. This results in the same old boring shots. One of the simplest and easiest ways to take more interesting photos is…
Continue reading ‘How to Teach Kids Photography: Perspective – Part 1’


Demon BabyAngel Baby


Grampa and Ashlyn


My Dad and the girls.

More baby pics

Evie takes good care of her little sis.


My girls.

“I’m a thug” face.

Sleepy face.

Double face.

“Awe this sucks” face.

Lazy Sunday afternoon.

Lazy Sunday afternoon. Posted by Picasa

Honeymoon Pix

Finally got some pics up on the web from the honeymoon.

You can veiw them at

Two Kewlest Girls in the World (Photo by Billy)

Two Kewlest Girls in the World (Photo by Billy) Posted by Picasa

The Little Chica and me (Photo by Sarah)

The Little Chica and me (Photo by Sarah) Posted by Picasa

Most Beautiful Girl in the World and me (Photo by …

Most Beautiful Girl in the World and me (Photo by Eve-Marie) Posted by Picasa

Like Mother Like Daughter

Note the awesomeness of the “hand on the hip” maneuver. This one is tough to pull off and no one can do it quite like a ^^00|23 girl.

T. S. Eliot

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Washout Posted by Picasa


QT Posted by Picasa


Emo Posted by Picasa

Smiles Two

Smiles Two Posted by Picasa

Smiles One

Smiles One Posted by Picasa


Heartbreaker Posted by Picasa

Seeker’s, Evansville

Seeker’s, Evansville Posted by Picasa


Comfy Posted by Picasa

Point of View

Point of View Posted by Picasa

"I Haven’t Wasted My Youth"

“I Haven’t Wasted My Youth” Posted by Picasa

Future Tatoos ("Stars" in sharpie and magic marker…

Future Tatoos (“Stars” in sharpie and magic marker by Sarah. Photo by Sarah) Posted by Picasa

My friend Rachel’s clever display at Java Dave’s

My friend Rachel’s clever display at Java Dave’s Posted by Picasa

When it’s sweltering in downtown Evansville…

When it’s sweltering in downtown Evansville… Posted by Picasa

…the only thing to do is to hop in a fountain……

…the only thing to do is to hop in a fountain… Posted by Picasa

…or be a fountain.

…or be a fountain. Posted by Picasa

Hail, hail oh Lion of Judah…

Hail, hail oh Lion of Judah… Posted by Picasa

…how wonderful you are.

…how wonderful you are. Posted by Picasa


vintage…yeah Posted by Picasa

makin’ sandwiches

makin’ sandwiches Posted by Picasa

shakin’ the mustard

shakin’ the mustard Posted by Picasa

scope the awesome tanlines from shooting outside a…

scope the awesome tanlines from shooting outside all day saturday. Posted by Picasa

but how lame that it washed out. there’s my cool f…

but how lame that it washed out. there’s my cool friend Jeni who dyed it for me. Posted by Picasa


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