Living Lies

I am not less.  Last week, I typed those words and felt them in the depths of my soul.  I am not less.  I clicked publish.  All was well…until I did my pre-bedtime facebook check.  I was surprised to hear from some long lost friends (that I was sure did NOT read...

I am not less.

My latest obsession is photography filters.  They radically transform my pictures.  It never fails, I see something beautiful and I want to capture it, so I take a picture like this: But the image doesn’t “grab me” or excite me like it does in real...

A NEW Year…and ready for an OLD one!

January 18 marks our one year anniversary of life in Africa.  It was a year of NEWNESS and challenge.  Let us take you on a photo journey of some of our transitions and changes. NEW faces, new languages and new rules challenged us daily.  Samuel led the way in making...

Goodbye Grandparents

After 7 lovely weeks with Janette’s parents we are preparing to say goodbye.  The kids are growing tearful as we enter our final days. We cannot even say what a blessing it has been to have such a relaxing and free time to hang out and make memories together. ...

Our First Medical School Graduates!

What a month!  We are delighted to share with you the graduating class of 2012.  These young doctors have put in many hours writing, defending and correcting their theses.  We are pleased with their results and are confident that many in this group will go on to do...

Recycled Christmas

  Christmas decorations were not included in the “absolutely essential items” that accompanied us in our 12 suitcases to Africa (but an excessive amount of warm clothes for the boys were…it is 70-80 degrees here year round, figure that one...

Welcome

God has used family, friends, and an exploratory trip to confirm that our next adventure will be in Burundi. And so it begins again- learning a new language (French with a side of Kirundi), simplifying our home, and walking the kids through yet another transition....
Six months today

Six months today

We landed in Burundi six months ago today on January 18. In that time we have celebrated 5 of our 6 birthdays (maybe Hannah’s doesn’t count because it was on Jan 17 in the air and she received no party or presents…we still need to redo that one I...
Living out of Thankfulness

Living out of Thankfulness

I have just finished Ann Voscamp’s book A Thousand Gifts.  Shelli Kratzer gave it to me when they came to visit (thanks, friend!).  I knew it was a popular book (a New York Times Bestseller), I knew it was about gratitude, and I knew I should read it…but...