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My sister’s last call from the airport has become an annual tradition. It marks the end of summer for me as much as back to school sales and football season. Tanya calls to tell me goodbye before her family travels for 36 hours to settle back into their way of life in...read more
What’s your story? Do you know what makes the difference of a good life story or bad one? I recently spent a weekend out of town with a dozen people and we told each other our stories. We focused on five areas that shape the stories we are living. They all start with...read more
“How was your trip?” That’s what I’m often asked these days because we travel a lot. Baboons and Inca ruins stamped my memory. And sounds of Spanish, Afrikaans and Xhosa linger. Those don’t usually go together because they’re a mix of South America and South Africa....read more
Here comes Mother’s Day! So lately I’ve been thinking on Mom stuff. Motherhood is such a journey. There are books galore about what to expect before you become a mom, and how to do it once you are a mom. They tell you how big he is at week 12—about the size of a plum,...read more
It was a special night. The first Easter was just a few days away, although they had no idea. Close friends gathered to celebrate the resurrection—Lazarus’ resurrection. There was fabulous food. Lots of laughter. Their laughter was fueled with gratitude. Everyone at...read more
“I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2 How is it with your soul? Have you stilled and quieted your soul lately? Can you even imagine what that’s like? I confess that often my...read more
She said, “Yes!” Actually, she said, “Oh my gosh! Yes!” Last weekend our youngest son, Lucas, proposed to his girlfriend, Abbey. While engagement excitement captures them—all of us actually, I’m still thinking about that simple word… “Yes!” It’s on cakes, balloons and...read more
I’ve been hiking some mountain trails with Gary this week in Colorado. It’s beautiful! A blanket of snow across the mountains paints it into a winter wonderland. It’s also cold! Which means we’ve had these trails to ourselves—because everyone else thinks it’s better...read more
Hey, friends! Today I’m writing for Velvet Ashes—a great website that builds community among cross cultural workers around the world. This week their theme is “sleep”, so I’ve shared a little about an unwanted sleeping companion who joined me while we lived in...read more