About us Kniffins

Hi, we are the Kniffins and we live in Seattle.

We started this blog as a way to keep up- people who live far away (and, really,  even those who live close by) often miss out on important events, big transitions, or little stories that happen along the way.  This journal is an attempt to record those events.  It’s the stories we would be telling you if we were in regular contact.  So we hope this “keeps you up” with us, and reminds you that we’d like to “keep up” with you.  🙂



Everyone has a family, so why publicly write about ours?  Because they’re public- stuff we’d likely be telling you anyways, if you were around and we were on the phone or sharing a drink.  And, because… it’s important.  Just because there are a lot of families out there doesn’t make it less so.

Family is pretty special.  It’s one of life’s ultimate adventures..  Like all things worth doing, it requires everything (and more) that you’ve got, and gives back way more.  Love, joy, relationship, drama, tension, disagreement, visions, dreams, heartache… they are all there aplenty in family.

From a spiritual point of view, the Family is a special unit in which forms us more deeply than anything else.  Our personality, conscience, and connection to Him.  Our idea of God is greatly influenced by our parents.  Our ideas about fairness, right/wrong, what the problems are and what the solution is all are borne out of the fertile ground of Family dynamics.

Finally, the Family is a spiritual unit.  The Bible describes it as the fundamental unit from which a Christian learns about community and God’s Presence within it. The Puritans call the Family the “Church within the Church”.  Everything the church does- discipleship, edifcation, service, learning of spiritual gifts… all happens in the family.  Dr.Rob Rienow says, “The top priority of the Christian life… is to serve, minister to, and make disciples of our own children and family members… to sit down to read the Scriptures at home with their own children.”  We learn everything we know about the Christian life within the framework of the Family.

All of this makes for pretty good stories, and that’s all that this blog is about.  We’re the Seattle Kniffins and we, from time to time, update this journal to let you know about what we’re up to.  Everything included here are just public stories that we would tell to anyone who wanted to listen.  But, it’s also a good way to stay connected to friends and other Family who we don’t get a chance to see as often as we’d like (which is pretty much all of them :)).  Thanks for stopping by, and welcome.


6 Responses to About us Kniffins

  1. matichuk says:

    hey, did you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from? Swear I read that somewhere. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Great pictures! I hope you and Cynthia are doing well. Abigail is becoming such a big girl!



    • tkniffin says:

      thanks matichuk. Just started this a few weeks ago and am new to the blogging thing. be sure to give me other advice if you think of it!

      • matichuk says:

        Hey a question for you. Do you want to pick me up at SeaTac on February 3, 10:30 pm and let me spend the night with you guys? It would save Sarah a drive at night with all the kids down from Blaine. It would be cool to catch up.

        I was just giving you a hard time, I have only been regularly blogging for a few months myself. Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll?

  2. tsmith0095 says:

    Hey Kniffins!

    Mike Morrell and I really appreciate your blog, and think you’d be an
    excellent candidate for our Speakeasy Blogger Network. Do you like to
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    You’re not on any contact lists whatsoever; if you don’t respond, that’s
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    Terry, The Speakeasy

    • matichuk says:

      Tim, just my two cents on this. Obviously I review a number of books and things on my blog. Many of the interesting books I get are through Speakeasy. They are legit. I don’t love everything I get through them, but I have got some great books I otherwise wouldn’t have discovered.

  3. Pingback: Looking Back: 2014. A Growing Community interested in Family (and ours, in particular) | knorthwestkniffins

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