Hmmm: Rip-Off or Reward?

Every now and then,  we have had people  suggest that bringing  “all these kids home”  takes away  from the ones that we already have. There’s even been an occasional one who has cornered and questioned: Don’t you think you are kind of ripping off  your other kids by having one with so many needs?  …

Two Ten Year Olds…

Birthdays are definitely not in short supply  in our home during the winter months. And today we celebrate the miraculous working of Almighty God in bringing Isaiah Samuel home. For those who know Isaiah’s story, you remember how God moved the enormous mountains… If you ask Isaiah what God can do he quips without hesitation:…

Even Though Oceans Apart

Our Emma has been gone now for almost a full year. And even though she is oceans apart, she is always very near to our hearts… We are so grateful for the ability to Skype  on a semi-regular basis {when she has power}. I can’t imagine how missionary families did it not-so-long ago. Recently Emmy…

Whew. That *was* Close

Moms are usually the ones with “eyes in the back  of their head” or so it’s said. No doubt, over and over the old saying  has been proven true in our home. But what happens when Mom is out of the country? Good Question. {haha} So the word coming to us over here in Africa is …

Farmer Girl Meets City Life

I have to laugh to myself… The Lord is completely amazing. I grew up in the city,  but every single day longed for the country. After closing Dw’s law practice and heading to seminary, we eventually pastored our first church and had a beautiful rolling hilled property on 21 acres complete with vast woods, gorgeous…

Has it Really Been a Year, Mr. Nehemiah?

There’s this crazy thing about how God works…. Ask almost anyone who has brought home a treasure through disruption and they will confirm this truth… The treasure that arrived broken, grieving, fearful, and often angry….. whose anxious eyes peered from an expressionless face… those pensive eyes, the terrified heart  and the fearful face – they…

“Well-Rounded”??

I was thinking about the words  “well rounded”  lately. Over the years I’ve often heard people say, “We want our children to be ‘well-rounded’.”  But what in the world does that even really mean?  So glad you asked… The definition of  “well-rounded”:   someone who is skilled, capable or knowledgeable  in a lot of different things,…

Life is Short

Breakfast in the park for a change of pace…. Running in the grass while it’s still cool… Walking the trails for a long ways…. Chatting with the ducks who came a-callin’…. I only had one question for our quacky friends: “Are you related to Uncle Si?  Cause I totally want to meet him.” Some days…