10th Nov

15 Tips for Flying with an Infant

Before the flight: “Oh great, she’s got a baby on board.” After the flight: “Oh wow, I didn’t even know you had him on board!” Our little guy was on 18 flights in his first year of life and believe it or not, he didn’t have a single bad flight *knock-on-all-the-wood*. I think, like with […]

18th Dec

A Plea to Already-Moms Everywhere

***At 32 weeks pregnant, I wrote out this blog post one morning. Exhausted and frustrated, the tears ran from my eyes as I furiously left my heart in the words I typed. Spurred into action by yet another ridiculous comment from a stranger at the store about how awful parenthood is… and tired of hearing […]

02nd Sep

5 Minutes of My Day: Sandy

I’m 6.5 months pregnant now and my feet look like they belong to the body of a sumo-wrestler. I’m sitting here in Miami at the church partner we’re working with. They have a nice little house church – complete with A/C and fans! The team is going on their 5th hour of ministry today, with […]

20th Jun

5 Minutes of My Day: A Day at Mona’s 1/3

It’s a rather special week/day today, Eric and I are serving together on a trip. I’m running around ahead of Eric’s teams making sure everything is prepared at their next ministry location before they arrive. I drive into the orphanage gates and laugh, it’s packed. It’s almost 2:00 and you know what that means? Feeding program […]

12th May

5 Minutes of My Day: Oh Belido

With a full day’s errands swirling chaotically around me, I put the car in park and knock on the gate. I step into the orphanage–it’s been a whole month since I’ve been here. I rush past it everyday as I complete food deliveries, or get water, or run to town for meetings.. always busy busy. I […]

28th Jan

Motherhood, Don’t Overthink It.

The rest of us non-moms can see you without the blinders of this pressure filled and opinionated society. So can your kids.

08th Jan

5 Minutes of My Day: Ricky’s Coins

His heart and eyes and dreams are so colorful, so beautiful and big. My heart aches for his future. I plant a firm kiss on his blistering hot and sweaty forehead and whisper prayers of provision over his life.

09th Oct

5 Minutes of My Day: Oil and Water

I’m not even leading this team, but I’m sleeping at this guest house. Eric is leading the team that is lodging at this facility, I’m merely just stealing a bed for the night. I haven’t been here in a month or so, so I’m emotional as I drive into the lot. To my delight, the […]

06th Jun

It’s The Little Things

It’s the little things that mean the most sometimes. It’s the eyes of a community child searching your face for approval after washing the car for you. It’s the silly faces made by a construction worker with the orphanage children. It’s the song of our Haitian staff leading the group in worship. It’s the young […]

28th May

5 Minutes of My Day: Naked Fish

There’s nothing in this world much more universally adorable than a bare baby bottom. It’s one of those naturally beautiful things, the innocence of a little kid. It makes me laugh like nothing else to see those baby buns bouncing along the ocean shoreline or standing in the tub waiting for mom to start their bath. Children […]

20th May

5 Minutes of My Day: Saplings

It’s time for tree ministry with the team. Mango, lime, coconut, orange and papaya. I grab two of the largest coconut trees. They’re my favorite. We’re approaching the next home in the community and a woman about my age meets us at the gate. “Bonjou!” the team greets her with their wide-smiles and nervous laughter. It’s […]

25th Feb

The Teacher and the Taught

**Disclaimer: I am indeed doing alright. I am not depressed, dealing with a serious illness or with problems in my marriage. However, I am listening to the sound advice of a good friend and allowing myself to blog about the good, the bad and the ugly. Our lifestyle isn’t always easy and I don’t want […]