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Big Sister

August 20, 2014


Valencia is becoming an older sister soon, not too soon we hope! She now walks around saying “big sister!” and “my toy!” by which we know she is well prepared for this new roll in her life. She has been growing in her understanding of what is happening day by day. Lots of books, and […]

34 weeks pregnant pics

August 17, 2012


It seems like each week that passes of this pregnancy we are more thankful for a healthy pregnancy and more excited for the arrival of Baby Girl. Our OB recently told us that it is likely she will come early, so we are trying to be ready for her to come anytime, but are praying […]

Recommended Reading for the new year

January 6, 2012


By John 2011 Has come to a close, and it has been an eventful one. See our previous posts for a run down. Those of you who know us, know that we are book people. We love to read. Given the opportunity we might just read all the time. In preparing to leave we have […]

African Christmas Carol…kind of

December 15, 2011


This video, at first, feels wrong. Upbeat joyful music, set against images of pain, hunger, child soldiers and war. Yet the song is declaring the Good News, that Jesus has come to live amongst us. He is the good news to places ravaged by bad news. Places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The […]

Holiday of comfort, cheer, and disappointment

December 7, 2011


This Thanksgiving, while traveling to visit family, I was exposed to the latest commercials on T.V. We don’t have TV at home, so I find myself seeing commercials with fresh eyes. The emotional manipulation factor often seems over-the-top, and I am amazed that these advertisements work at all. Holiday commercials are replete with sentimentality. Happy […]

“I Would Trust This Seller With My Life”

November 8, 2011


By John We have been purging lately. Not the wimpy spring cleaning that we are used to. Purging. Every week a pile of stuff appears in front of our bookshelves. Stuff that has to go away and never come back: furniture, books, household items that we can no longer keep, sports equipment, and even some […]

Your junk will help us get to Africa

August 31, 2011


Translation: We are having a huge garage sale! It is life in community to it’s fullest. Bring all your junk and unload it on us. A lot of commentary could be offered on garage sales and what they say about American culture, but I will spare you the deep reflections and just invite you to […]