An Ethical Christmas

The Christmas exchanges always happen over Thanksgiving… and then we’re off to the races with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We give, and the spirit of that can be so sweet. But what if you could step away from the great deals and do something more meaningful? What if your purchases could mean something for…

With Thanks

  “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100.4-5   A couple years ago, I was feeling discouraged. The weight of longing and searching had brought me…

A Birthday Celebration

Nick’s birthday was a fun way to bring some of our friends together and celebrate. There’s nothing quite as special as knowing people want to be there for you – and so this year, I threw Nick a surprise!

Legacy

“It’s not going to matter if you have a few scars. It will matter if you didn’t live.” – Rich Mullins I’ve been contemplating this for a while, feeling the open wounds of sickness, loss and grief. Since writing last, we lost Nick’s dad – far too young and deeply missed. But somehow in that…

Wholehearted & Present

We’ve had a crazy few months with Nick’s father post-stroke, but were so grateful for the weekend away for our anniversary. “… What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re…

One Year

September 20 marks our first anniversary – a day we celebrate with great joy and thanks. This year has been full of so many rich adventures. We couldn’t be more thankful. Happy Anniversary, to a man who makes my life sweeter each day. “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we…

Haiti

The air is heavy and thick, beating down and leaving trails of sweat along the back of your legs. Dust swirls from the cacophony of blazing motorbikes, vendors shouting and women swaying to the offbeat haze of roosters, children and honking horns. Life for just about everyone on this island is hard. And it’s not hard…

Unsalted: A Week In Ludington

We just returned from a wonderful week with family enjoying the unsalted beaches of upper Michigan. And although it was a working vacation, we loved being able to share this time with family in such a beautiful area.   So thankful for this crew, and for the great memories we created this week. Step by…

Weirdest Foods of Asia

“Lord where you lead, I will follow. What you feed me, I will swallow. But this one… you’re going to have to help me keep down.” – Tim Sprunger We saw some seriously weird food over the last month in Asia, and thought they were well worth sharing🙂 Some were fabulous! Others… maybe a little more challenging….

Deeper into Asia We Go!

From Thailand, we traveled to yet another country for a very different addition to our trip. Here, our goal was to encourage a great family living and working in Asia and learn more about their work to help local communities. We adored our time here – and are so thankful for the memories we made! Our time…

Thailand – Food, Culture & Friends

We are so thankful that Mark was stable enough for us to continue on our journey through Asia. Here’s where our trip starts going in fast motion. We traveled from Japan to Malaysia to Thailand for a quick weekend in Chiang Mai to see some wonderful ministries and connect with friends.  Then we were off…

Japan – Not the trip we expected

We left for Japan last Tuesday with adventure on the horizon, having no idea what really lay ahead.  (Wednesday) An overnight layover in Shanghai gave us the chance to try some unique cuisine (and laugh over some of the crazy options none of us really wanted to try.) (Thursday) We arrived in Japan and began…