Dedicated to Dima

It began as an inkling, an interest, a possibility, but developed and grew until their hearts beat boldly with conviction; their souls brimmed with love. He was their son and yet he lived not in their home. While he played unknowingly in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, they prayed intentionally in Ocala, Florida. Jenny and Eric enjoyed, even embraced, what they considered a complete happy existence … [Read more...]

Stolen bikes

Ah, the lazy days of summer seem to finally have arrived! Backyard BBQs, baseball games and bike rides with the family. I myself have great memories of my little sister Kathy and I riding bikes to the local Giant-T store in Moscow for 10-cent ice cream cones. Maybe you also have similar memories. Perhaps too you can imagine the dismay of our kids discovering two bikes missing from our … [Read more...]

Loving the least of these

Have you ever faced a situation, and thought, "I don't know what to do!!"?  You pray and seek out the counsel of the Holy Spirit, ready to obediently respond, if only you knew what that obedience looked like.  Sometimes we can feel like that even in the simple day-to-day details of life.  We want desperately to live a life of sacrifice, obedience and purpose as a response to the grace … [Read more...]

Blessed by my Junior Volunteer

Today my 11 ½ year old daughter became a Junior Volunteer at the hospital.  I couldn't have been more proud as she followed the nurse into the bingo room at 3:25 PM (she wanted to be early!), eager and full of excitement for her first day of "work".  I knew that her friendly smile and joyful spirit would touch and warm the hearts of the residents she'd meet.  I knew because it's that … [Read more...]

39

Today I turned 39 and began the last year of my 30s.  I think back just ten years ago when I turned 29, and remember looking forward to entering my 30s.  I had been married for 7 years, was living in my hometown in Idaho, and had a 5-month old baby girl.  I wasn't entirely sure what the future held, but would have never even begun to imagine anything about my life today! In ten short … [Read more...]