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How to Keep the Spirit of Giving {after the holidays have passed}

Many families do an exceptional job of giving back throughout the holidays. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I see so much giving and generosity in my community, and it just warms the heart. 💗 However, the closer we get to Christmas, the more the gimmes set in for the children. They seem to have their “eye on the prize” and get very focused on Christmas morning and all it entails. 🎁🎄🎁 Then, after Christmas, they seem to be riding a present-high, and they forget about all the love and giving and hope that the holidays bring. Here are some strategies that my family has done (or Read More

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Haiti: What I Learned

It’s been hard to sort out my thoughts surrounding this trip. I experienced so many emotions, both extremely joyous as well as completely heartbroken.   Before I dive into all that, I want to tell you a little about our family’s personal situation, and our “plan” for the next few years. {I say plan very loosely, as we know that God has ultimate control over it all, and we are open to any changes He makes!} My husband Byron has been in the military for 12 years. A few years ago, he shared a desire to enter a program called the Chaplain Candidacy Program. Through Read More

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Haiti: What We Did

On Monday, I shared with you some of my observations about life in Haiti. Today, I’m going to show you some of the projects that my team undertook during our stay, and tell you a little about some of the ministries taking place on the Borel compound where we were staying! The Borel Compound The Borel compound houses about a dozen missionaries, most of whom live there full-time. It is surrounded by a wall, with a guarded gate and 24 hour security personnel. Even with these measures in place, Haiti seemed like a fairly safe place, and not crime-ridden like one might expect. This is Read More

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Life in Haiti

We returned home yesterday from 8 days in sunny Haiti on a mission trip with our church. People keep asking me how my trip was and I don’t know how to answer. It was great! But it was also sad, and hard, emotional, convicting, wonderful… just so many things! Overall, I’m so glad I went and I learned a lot. I plan on writing a few posts about some of the things we did and saw there, but today I wanted to tell you about what life is like in Haiti. It was jarring, and so different from life here in the US. Let me Read More

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Off we go: HAITI!!!

I am SO EXCITED to leave tonight on our long-awaited mission trip to Haiti!! We have received overwhelming support from friends and family — thank you all so much who have given money and donations, and those praying for us!   If you’d like to pray for us while we are gone, here are some things you can add to your list: *Prayer Requests*  safe travels open hearts for those we are ministering to that we will encounter the people who need us pray that God is with our words and actions, so we can represent Him in the best possible way! no motion sickness {I’m Read More

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Haiti: How You Can Help!

Byron and I are SO excited that we are joining a missions team to Haiti this winter! I want to tell you a little bit about what we will be doing there and how YOU can help!! Our team is going to be in Haiti from January 9th through the 16th. While we have both been on mission trips before, this is the first time to Haiti for both of us {though not the rest of the team — they are old pros!} Haiti is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. It shares the island of Hispañola with the Dominican Republic. It is a poverty-stricken nation, Read More

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Niagara Falls Mission Trip – part 2: Hope Club

Here we have the real reason we went to Niagara Falls – Hope Club. This amazing family, the Thumans, reaches out to kids in their community every week, helping these kids to know about Jesus, have fun in a safe environment, and even providing them with basic needs that they might not otherwise get. Once a year, they also do a week-long day camp, which includes several different classes that kids can take. This year, they offered singing, martial arts, how to be a clown, sports & games, Bible, crafts, and treasure hunting. It was a blast for all the kids. Connor and Lia helped Read More

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Niagara Falls Mission Trip – part 1: Niagara

In July, Connor, Lia, and I went on a mission trip to Niagara Falls, NY. I’ve always wanted to go on a mission trip, and we had an amazing time! We traveled with Faith and Travis, a couple from our church. They are one of the kindest, most wonderful couples I’ve ever met, and I’m so blessed to have gotten to know them better! Heading out on our 6 hour drive! First stop in town – the falls, of course! The rapids leading to the falls were crazy scary!  Connor and Travis accidentally dressed the same 🙂  The gorgeous Niagara Falls at sunset.  Playing shadow Read More

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Mission Trip to Kosovo

Byron recently had the opportunity to go to Kosovo on a mission trip, to help a new church get started there. Our home church here in Germany has been helping the new church overcome their obstacles, as Christianity is increasingly persecuted in Kosovo. Here is his story: The Kosovar people were amazing. They had true servant hearts and real passion for Christ. This trip was a huge blessing to me.