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September 26, 2016

On the anniversary of becoming a mama

September 21, 2016


(Also known as Valencia’s birthday) Four years ago Valencia made me a mama. My heart swelled to hold this little 5.5 lb bundle, and I started on a new journey. I remember clearly knowing that motherhood would change me. But to be quite honest, I think I assumed the change would be kinda a one […]

18 months

August 18, 2016


By Clarissa I am often disbelieving that we have been back in the US for 18 months. That’s a full 12 months longer than we originally planned when we left Kenya in March of 2015. But as my years of life add one to another, I have found that one thing that can be expected is the […]

Home alone for a week

December 11, 2015


Clarissa took the girls to visit her grandma in Idaho leaving me with some valuable uninterrupted time to work on our 92 year old house. 92 years ago someone put this toilet in the middle of this room in our basement, along the way some plumbing and painting changes have happened but it was still […]

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Starbucks is Saving Christmas

November 7, 2015


I know that there has been a lot going around about how Starbucks hates Christmas (see here). But it is not true. In fact they love it. They have gone undercover to save Christmas. Don’t believe me? Let me show you: The Red Cup that says nothing. So many have accused Starbucks of hating Jesus for […]

joyous birthday celebrations

October 2, 2015


  After such a difficult past few months, our hearts are especially full of joy in celebrating the birthdays of our two little girls. Our days are often full of picking up the same messes, reminding Valencia not to climb onto the kitchen counters, and pulling all manner of things out of Tessa’s mouth even […]