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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 […]

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 […]

Five things we would not have known 2 years ago

August 20, 2014


1. We will never stop being a spectacle While we’ve come to expect being stared at ALL THE TIME, it still makes us uncomfortable. Walking down the street, talking to a neighbor, standing in line at the grocery store. Everywhere. Pretty much if we are within eyesight of anyone, they are staring at us, and […]


December 25, 2013


JB Phillips is dead now. I still read his paraphrase of the New Testament, though. This morning I read, “The light still shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out” (from John 1: 5). I have read that verse multiple times in more literal translations, but Philips chose to include one […]

when you realize you’re a jerk

June 6, 2013


By Clarissa That moment. You know, when you realize you are a worse person than you thought you were. I just had one. It had been a long day. In the heat. In traffic. With a baby. I shuffle through people hoping to sell me stuff and me trying to convince them in as polite […]

Celebrating two years

April 24, 2013


by Clarissa A Life-changing Diagnosis Two years ago I sat in the waiting room of Inland Imaging. Willing my heart to beat at a slower pace, I was about to undergo my first MRIs. A bizarre onset of numbness had propelled me first to my GP, then to a kind neurologist with the bedside manner […]