On Tuesday, June 18 th, 2013
It’s like the skin of this place is red. Everywhere, red soil sheathes things, like hardly under the surface of Africa’s dirt is her heart. Like you could scratch your toe here and feel the pulse of what’s alive. Everywhere here is a thin place. We drive red roads to meet Anna. We pa...
On Monday, June 17 th, 2013
This is a love story. A woman named Shannon lived in a suburb in Oklahoma and she had Rocks in her Dryer. The year was 2008. On a farm in Canada, I had a lot of lost marbles. And a clinging 3-year-old, very bad hair, 4 farmboys who only got out of ripped jeans on Sunday, and 1 dimpled tomboy who kept sweetly chopping her own bangs all by her herself. I read Shannon at Rocks in ...
On Saturday, June 15 th, 2013
#FarmGirlsinAfrica have landed. And traveled and traveled and traveled. Including a small 12 seater plane, to northern parts of Uganda. Today is our first day on the ground — hearts in our throats — and In His hands. Love is always our only hope. And hasn’t that always been t...
On Wednesday, June 12 th, 2013
Two farm girls — one mama and her girl. Asked to go to Africa for a Compassion Canada film trip. To meet one special little girl. And a girl named Katie who i...
On Monday, May 06 th, 2013
So, sure, there was this talk of The Giving Tree – but there wasn’t one of us who didn’t know all along it was you, The Giving Mother. You who leaned over a stove and stirred and let spices fall like leaves and you ladled and we slurped and it would be remembered when we ...
On Friday, March 15 th, 2013
No one just straight up tells you that the things you’ve seen — become what you see. That you’ll close your eyes a thousand nights from now and it will all be real again — where you were and what they wore, that one look, that one moment, that one frame. That you’ll see the world through what you’ve seen of the world and there’s no goi...
On Friday, February 22 nd, 2013
They still do happen, miracles, a bit like a flash in the sky. Coming up the backside of th...
On Thursday, February 21 st, 2013
Over here today …. It’s good to be rocked and changed with you all… Related: Of Women & Sisters & Family & How You Really Speak Lent Why It’s Okay to Cry When Lent and Valentines Collide: 40 Days of ThanksLoving
On Wednesday, February 20 th, 2013
So Shalom has this bag made by 3 Cords in Haiti that she carries her shoes and Bible in it to Wednesday night Kids Club, and sometimes a hen or a pig, depending on how the day slants and careens. That’s the bag the kid keeps hanging on the first hook inside the bac...
On Monday, February 18 th, 2013
Apparently if you try to carry a vintage sewing machine through an airport security in your carry-on, you can get yourself patted won. Even if you have all your white hair wrapped up in a bun and you are wearing worn Reeboks with your skirt. Mama just took it like a grandma, thanked TSA, grabbed her bag with said sewing machine and marshalled us like a battalion: “LetR...
On Friday, February 15 th, 2013
And (I think!) we’re off! Lord willing, we’ll be sharing the God stories in real time as we go with God and stumble ...
On Wednesday, January 23 rd, 2013
When I first read her story on the screen, I want to drive a for sale sign into the front lawn and sell all the pigs. Mainly because I don’t think I can shoe horn a few hundred hogs into a suitcase — and there’s now way around it: my heart’s already left on a jet plane for Africa. Because here I am with the c...