Behind the Picket Fence

She stood there, cautiously baring her heart to me. Her words said to me that she thought I had it together. She thinks I know what the heck I’m doing every day when I wake up and all the things from near and far are calling my name.  Instantly my mind went back to aContinue reading “Behind the Picket Fence”

His Kingdom, Right Here {Part 3}

I glanced up at his face while she told me about the boy that had hung himself just two days prior. He had the same look I’d seen before—one of resilience but also desperation. It’s a fierce kind of look that he seems to carry with him everywhere. And how could you not bare thatContinue reading “His Kingdom, Right Here {Part 3}”

His Kingdom, Right Here {Part 2}

“Play it cool,” I thought, as I fumbled along the unfinished road with the dignified wife of the former Amazon Governor. She in her high-heels and me in my flip-flops plodding our way to the notary public just five minutes out from closing time. “What in the world am I doooooing??” I thought to myselfContinue reading “His Kingdom, Right Here {Part 2}”

His Kingdom, Right Here {Part 1}

It was about three years ago last month that God brought one of the most incredible women I’ve ever met right to our front door. It was dark out and we were settling down into our wooden home at the end of a crumbling road in a crumbling society. We opened the door with hesitationContinue reading “His Kingdom, Right Here {Part 1}”

Top Ten Highlights of 2013

I laid in bed this morning listening to the rain on the metal roof of our home, thinking about the past year and one thought kept resonating in my mind. We are crazy. Or at least this year almost made us that way.  But by the grace of God, we are different people today thatContinue reading “Top Ten Highlights of 2013”

Alone in the City: Day Three

God is beautiful everywhere. This simple yet profound thought came to my mind tonight as I looked up at the halfway moon in the cloudless sky, driving back from the most beautiful beach Brazil has to offer. And I felt very, very small. But it wasn’t a condescending kind of small, like I was uselessContinue reading “Alone in the City: Day Three”

One More Month of "Normal"

Last November, we were living in NC for about a month and a half as Richard worked on his helicopter license. I started attending a MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) group while we were there. It was very encouraging for me during that time and I met a lot of great women. One very sweet youngContinue reading “One More Month of "Normal"”

Thankful Thursday: A Beautiful Plan

I follow a lot of blogs. I don\’t read them all regularly, and I read some more than others, but I love to read blogs. Perhaps it\’s an addiction, but it\’s one that often expands my mind and heart and challenges my soul. I read stories of hope and life and self-sacrifice and giving andContinue reading “Thankful Thursday: A Beautiful Plan”