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  • Because if Us Christians Really Care……. And We Really Do — right?

    On Thursday, August 02 nd, 2012
    It comes right when we’re at day 11 of praying our way through Ramadan. Us the the family living next door to Mennonites not Muslims, the women who wear bonnets not hijabs. The neighbors around here taking their horse and buggy to make a 4 mile pilgrimage to Sunday meeting, not any annual five thousand
  • 10 Real Ways You Could Really Be the Change in the World

    On Thursday, July 19 th, 2012
    In the days after, my throat about seals off. On the edge of the bed in the dark before morning, all I can do is is sit at the edge of the world and close my eyes, wince through every hard searing. It hurts and it doesn’t matter because there’s no getting around it —
  • The 1 Thing You Really have to Know About Your Family

    On Tuesday, July 17 th, 2012
    Iam not going to lie. When your kin comes knocking on your own back door — come to ask how that trip to Haiti went — how can you look them in the eye and lie? How can you lie still when babies are drowning in a sea of poverty? How can you not scream?
  • weekends are for the best worship

    On Saturday, July 14 th, 2012
    Coming to you live from our drive through Port Au Prince this morning…. {Please consider clicking off music slider just below top nav bar to hear the best kind of worship — right in the midst. RSS readers can view video here… } and what song’s on repeat in my heart Caleb and sweet Kechnaider
  • How the American Dream becomes Christmas in July

    On Thursday, July 12 th, 2012
    The boy made a wreath out of wood. And all one December, as the snow fell and the carols played, we sat around a farm table and remembered how a mother swayed heavy with child and we waited for Christ. The boy made more wreaths out of wood. He sent them around the whole world.
  • When Compassion Becomes a Gold Rush

    On Wednesday, July 11 th, 2012
    Caleb and I are in a high rural part of Haiti and can’t post today but will be sharing about the 1000 Moms project and Caleb’s donation from the wreaths to the Moms here in Haiti at a Child Survival center on Thursday. More stories and photos to come, but for today, remembering how this
  • What You Really Need to Know Before You Step Out into the World

    On Tuesday, July 10 th, 2012
    What have you got to make sure you really know before you step out into the whole wide world? Maybe you just keep stepping into the gloriously messy world and God makes it clearer than you’d ever hoped? I fly to Haiti with Compassion, with you, our oldest son on the brink of stepping out
  • What Your Address Really Is

    On Monday, July 09 th, 2012
    The bus that we boarded at the airport, it drove right through an earthquake. It turned out of the airport like we did this afternoon, with a Canadian Compassion team on board just like ours, and somewhere on its way through the streets toward the Hotel Montana, something grabbed hold of the earth and shook
  • If You Want to Soar this Summer …… {with free printable & video}

    On Thursday, July 05 th, 2012
    Home late yesterday from our time away in the woods, us all full & light with memories. Waking up on the farm here this morning with a soul very much awake. Now, as our oldest & I make our lists to prepare for Haiti with Compassion Canada on Saturday morning early (you are coming with
  • For the greatest gift is becoming a gift…

    On Thursday, May 10 th, 2012
    Mothering can spin you in these dizzy circles and who doesn’t need an encircling of grace? Women could do this for each other. Two years ago or so, I tell my firstborn of my crazy idea of this wooden wreath. A wreath going round and round and round, to put on the table for advent
  • Losing our Language: A Story of Thanksgiving

    On Thursday, November 24 th, 2011
    When they said they were boarding Group 2 now for Quito, he turned to me and said he didn’t know a word of Spanish. It doesn’t matter, that’s what I said to the Farmer. Gratitude is a language you speak with your hands, the way you form the vowels and spaces of your life and
  • when you’d really like to wear sheer joy

    On Tuesday, November 15 th, 2011
    When Rosa’s youngest, little Liliana, scooped up that puppy right there next to the potato patch, she just hid behind his gaping mouth, eyes all large and laughing. Rosa told us what Liliana had done — that Liliana had found that puppy wandering abandoned — lost— outside her classroom. That Liliana had brought the puppy
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