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…

Check Her Out…

Ruby girlfriend is up to it again… and our family is shoutin’ for joy! Remember? The little treasure who some said  “would never do anything”… Ya’ that girl. While I was in Africa Dw and I were skyping and  he couldn’t wait to tell me… He’d been lifting Ruby out of her car seat  and…

This Girl

As the time here is drawing to a close, it is with a true pain in my heart  that I think of leaving. After the team left there was a night I  just couldn’t sleep, much was on my mind. Maybe I was groggy,  but every few minutes I would count  how many days remained…

What’s One More?

What’s one more little brother when you already have three others? Yup. This little street guy has proclaimed  Liberty his big sis ‘forever’… they laugh and goof off just like she does with her other little brothers. He’s a complete doll, tenderhearted and gentle… but his life has had some cruel twists and living on the streets…

20 Years Ago Today…

Twenty years ago today started out to be an average Thursday in  August.  We were pastoring in Virginia, living on 21 acres of rolling countryside in a home we had just built.  Abi was 10, Tyler was 7, Autumn nearly 4 and Emma was just 5-1/2 weeks old. I remember as I showered that morning,…

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…

What She Left Behind

I confess I am addicted to homes. I love any type: mobile homes, cottages, starter homes, executive homes, mountain homes, old farm homes{my favorite}, long abandoned weathered shacks, apartments, condos and anything in between. There is something about homes that has always fascinated me. If given the chance to peek through any home, the thoughts…

“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,…