Amelia and the Change-up.

April 10, 2017

Life is a funny thing and it's a whole lot like baseball. You think you have some of the hard stuff figured out - like how to hit a 95 mph fastball and maybe even homer off it. And then a 76-mph change-up comes your way and sends you back to the bench to lick your wounds after your epic swing and miss. Today is nine years since our precious Amelia went Home. And I'm no grief expert, but since we had practice grieving during her lifetime and we've had almost a decade to face those fastballs since, I thought I...

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August and a Fresh Start.

August 1, 2016

Lovely peeps.  It's August.  AUGUST!  Time to transition from the fun-filled easy days of summer to the reality of early mornings and school, practices and meetings, all while it's still as hot outside as the surface of the sun and all you really want to do is jump in the pool to cool off. But August is also the start of something, and it's on my heart to make it the start of something BIG.  This world is in such need - always has been really, but this is the time and place into which we've been placed - of salt...

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We Couldn’t Have Known.

June 17, 2016

A year ago we gathered up our littles, a passel of work clothes, and the faith that we were embarking on a journey to do work that matters in the name of Christ in the unpaved recesses of a big city in the Dominican Republic. We could not possibly have known how that week would influence and define our family for the next year. We couldn't have known that we would meet a woman named Margarita, a mother of eight kids, a mother who had never had a home for those children, who had never had four walls and a sturdy roof...

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Haggai’s Call to Feast.

June 9, 2016

Sunday morning. We had the day all planned out. We'd go to church where we would worship and then be commissioned as a family to go on our mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Right after the commissioning, we would have a quick lunch and then drive Mariana in our decorated car to her first-ever week of sleep-away camp. We'dget to stop at Buc-ee's on the way there AND on the way back. (If you don't know what Buc-ee's is, run, don't walk, to Texas to come find out for yourself. It's the bomb. I'm considering starting a fan club.) Based...

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He Went Before / The Why That Diminishes

February 17, 2016

On an ordinary Sunday night – perhaps a little less ordinary because it was Super Bowl Sunday – a husband and wife sat together in their den to watch Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos face Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Maybe the fact that it was the Super Bowl made some of the difference in what transpired that night:  maybe because it was the Super Bowl, she was sitting in the den watching the game with him rather than cooking or cleaning or putting in one more load of wash or responding to emails related...

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