half thoughts on a snow day

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One thing I have learned in February so far is that it's impossible to measure snowfall with a tape measure. Ask me how I know. We don't have a ruler in our house so I can't tell you how many inches of snow is sitting in our yard right now. It's a lot though, which I realize is relative depending on where you live. For our kids, it's more than they've seen at once in their lifetime. I bought that yellow jacket in Maine on our honeymoon nearly 13 years ago, never imagining when I picked it out … [Continue reading]

Living Life and Taking Notes

notes from a blue bike

Three weeks after John and I got married, we went on a mission trip with high school students from our church to serve for a week in Washington D.C. We stayed in a little church in the city, slept on the floor in sleeping bags - girls on one side of the room and boys on the other. One of the days we were there was a Sunday so we worshipped with the small congregation, complete with raised hands and a super-charged sermon. The students loved every minute of it. All we heard the whole five … [Continue reading]

for your weekend

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May your weekend be filled with light, both the outside kind that warms your skin and the inside kind that warms your soul. May truth be discernable, love be touchable, and may joy come right up to your door. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are some good views and reads for along the way: Bonkers Awesome! :: In case you haven't seen this yet, it is a 14 episode web series starring the lovely and talented Joy the Baker. It is, quite simply, delightful in every way. What it Means to … [Continue reading]

in which we are all under the same sky

leaving entebbe

We leave Entebbe just as the sun sets, a dome of light wrapping itself over us, turning all things to gold. I'm trying to find the gifts in our 24 hour delay getting home. This is a small one, this burst of light as we prepare to leave Uganda, reminding me of the hope we have seen, urging me not to forget.I don't remember much about that plane ride from Entebbe to Amsterdam - only our first drink with ice in a week, the back of the plane with my sister, a movie I fell asleep watching. We land in … [Continue reading]

for your weekend from Uganda

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May your weekend be full of hope. May you be able to move beyond your fear and insecurity into the life of someone else, releasing the right to control the outcomes of your movement. And may you remember the words of Wess Stafford, words that brought tears to my eyes every time I heard him speak them this week: If God makes you strong, it is so you can help those who are weak. May you embrace your own strength and offer help to those who need it. And may you accept your weakness when others … [Continue reading]

What We Need When We Are Uncertain

Compassion Bloggers Uganda 2014 - Day Four

My sister Myquillyn and I shared a room until I was in fourth grade. We nailed stuffed animals to the wall next to the bed we shared and giggled when we were supposed to be sleeping until Mom would fuss at as from the living room to quiet down. We grew up with cats having kittens in the shed, a tire swing in the backyard, and grandparents living right around the corner. Mom brought out the white tablecloth for birthdays and our friends  lived right next door. We basically played outside all … [Continue reading]

10 Things I Learned in January: Uganda Edition

ugandan selfies

At the end of every month, I like to share a few things I learned in the last 30-ish days. Since we're in Uganda right now and I pretty much can't think about anything but this country and her children and very small planes, it only seemed appropriate to dedicate this edition of Things I Learned to Uganda. Here are 10 things I'm learning in Uganda in no particular order: 1. If you go to Africa in January, it will snow back home. Especially if it hasn't legitimately snowed AT ALL so far this … [Continue reading]

A Day in the Life. Ish.

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Larry Crabb tells the story of how his wife was abused as a little girl but he didn't know it until many years after they had been married. When she finally felt safe enough to share the truth with Larry, she cried as she spoke because it was so painful. But Rachael told Larry another story of when she was a young girl, about an adult in her life who truly loved and cared for her. He treated her with kindness, with respect, with compassion. When she shared this story for the first time, she … [Continue reading]

Choosing the One You Least Expect

our airplane over Uganda

I wasn't planning to sponsor a child in Uganda. It's not that I don't think it's a good idea, obviously. I already sponsor Pinky in Bangledesh and Stacey in the Philippines. But that was why: we sponsor two children already. Should we add a third child? The reason I was even considering it was because I had agreed to travel again with Compassion International to Uganda - this time with Jeff, Joy, and my sister. Whenever bloggers travel with Compassion, we are given the opportunity to sponsor a … [Continue reading]

Tomorrow We Fly to Uganda

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It's 7:30 in the morning here, Eastern Standard Time. My fingers automatically begin to move on my lap the way they have done for the past week or so every time I check the clock. (Yes, I still count on my fingers.) Count up to eight. Eight-thirty, nine-thirty, ten-thirty . . . three-thirty. It's 3:30 pm in Kampala. Tomorrow, we begin the long trip, passing the sun as it sets in the west only to greet it again when it rises over Uganda. Here's something dumb about me: I've never liked … [Continue reading]