Christmas

I am a reluctant renter. Have been for years. Our last rental house was small, it had faux bricks that constantly fell off the kitchen walls and carpets that, well, let’s just say back then we had three kids under the age of six and leave the rest up to your imagination. For years my […]

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By this time last year, I’d gained a little holiday weight already. Several pounds of dissatisfaction had settled onto the hips of my heart. This time of year there are so many rich lies about what you need to fill you up. The holiday season seems to be a smorgasbord of expectations impossible to live […]

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As the twinkle lights start to go up. As recipe planning heats up. As we begin the juggling and scheduling for family trips, dinners, gifts. And BEFORE you’re overwhelmed and over it all – stop and read this. For the days we just don’t think we have it in us to pick up one more load […]

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It’s 110 degrees in the shade. I can feel the sweat running down between my shoulder blades. This is Christmas in South Africa. At the Romotsi “Good News Club.” I stand between Lesedi and my dad and tell those kids with the bright faces that we’re here because of you. We’ve come to deliver your […]

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We’re standing out at the edge of the hot, hard, beautiful, quiet South African world, when he says it, “Most families only look peaceful on the surface, you know.” It’s day four since we touched down at Johannesburg International Airport after 48 hours of travel. And we face the daunting task of squeezing two and […]

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It’ll be five years on the 27th since Pete drove down the back roads of Owosso, Michigan to a small hospital and the hard delivery of our second-born son, Micah. I could barely look at him once he made it out I was so beat. I remember the email Peter wrote to the family afterwards. […]

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