September at Our Home

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I can hardly believe that fall is upon us already, but the beautiful crimson leaves outside my window attest to the fact that it’s true. I am always sad to see the summer go, especially since we had such a short season of truly warm summer weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and yet I do relish autumn as a time to take stock of things, slow down, establish new routines and capture summer’s last fleeting moments before we say good-bye for another year. This summer was […]

So, Mornings… How Are They Going for You?

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Have you met my friend, Kat? Allow me to introduce you… She makes a ball cap look great. She loves Tex-Mex food (me, too- except I live in Canada. Drat.) She actually has a chin-up bar in one of the doorways in her home, and every time she walks by, she does a chin-up. She is one of the coolest moms I know, and inspires me to want to be the same. She has a thing for teeny-bopper music, and at the same time, she held […]

Home Again and Such Patient Winners

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I have to apologize that I am so behind on announcing giveaway winners. My trip to the Philippines had our entire family out of the country for over a week and it’s been difficult to get caught up, what with jet lag, mountains of laundry, an empty fridge, etc. I’m getting there, though! Thanks for your patience. Even more, thank you so much to those who followed along and read the posts during my trip, for your prayers, for your sweet comments and emails. Thank you […]

Is Compassion International a Good Investment? A Husband’s Perspective.

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**Many of you may have realized that I was blessed to have my husband, Ryan, come with me on my trip to the Philippines last week. Though we hadn’t originally planned for him to join me in writing, he was so impressed by the answers to all of his questions (someone on our team referred to him as the Barbara Walters of Canada!), that he simply felt compelled to write and tell you what he found.** Growth in business does not happen by accident. Everything […]

How to Pry Open Swollen Eyes

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I’ve been hugged more this week than I probably have in the last year. I love it, but really? I’m just getting to the point where I want to go home and hug my own kids. Ready to go home or not, this week has been full of good times… I’ve had a rockin’ ride in a Jeepney, had some unique cultural lessons, had a larger-than-life dancing Jolli”bee” flirt with me, driven through the countryside in a relaxing Pedicab with Simple Mom, and drawn letters in the air with […]

Because I’m Afraid That I Will Forget

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I was washing some of my dirty clothes in the hotel bathtub this morning. Sweating profusely every day will make you go through what you packed in your suitcase in a hurry. As I knelt over the tub and scrubbed the clothes, I was taken back to images of Filipino women squatting beside pails of soapy water, washing their families clothing by hand. “When I get back home”, I thought to myself, “I won’t complain about my cruddy old washing machine and dryer anymore. I’ll remember how […]

Of Rubber Boots, Self Pity and Ladders

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I met a woman who has water flooding her house, up to her knees, for 9 months out of the year. She has to wear rubber boots inside while she cooks and feeds her family. She has two sons, and one is registered as a sponsor child with Compassion. She also actively serves and teaches the 9 and 10 year olds at the very same child development center that her son goes to in Velenzuela. It struck me today that the churches here in the […]

What the Hands and Feet of Jesus Look Like

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Weary to the bone, and emotionally upside down, my brain feels saturated with images and stories, but firing on too few pistons to really tell them. That’s where I’m at as I attempt to write this post and somehow convey to you the brokenness and the hope that I saw and felt today. Beautiful, brown baby faces. Mamas being taught how to practically care for their little ones, keeping them safe, healthy and happy in the midst of poverty and want. Cheerful courtyard, painted by […]