Pretty sure it was divine. Haley just wanted to see the kids who go to public school one last time before she headed to the airport.  Since I get up early for coffeeshop time anyway, I volunteered to go with her at 6:30.   The kids strolled in and Roger wouldn’t look me in the…

Let’s pretend for a moment that you’re a teacher. On January 6th, as the kids begin their first day back from break, you give them their first assignment.  “Let’s all write an essay on what we did over break.”  Pencils clutched awkwardly in fifth grade fists and the scratching begins.  Except for one boy sitting…

The story part of this post today is going to be relatively small.  And the quotes are going to be relatively long.  But how do you cut out sentences that are packed with so much wisdom?  My decision today is that you don’t.  You write the words that have so profoundly affected you and you…

(Click here to read Part One) So, who was doing the tapping?  What was the tapper going to say??  Hold your horses a minute.  First, I’m going to tell you about a second source of hope that I’ve discovered since my conversation with Maria. Last week, I stumbled upon a book called “Stolen Tomorrows: Understanding…

There is a book on my shelf called Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle. It’s a pleasant and witty memoir about motherhood that I would recommend to most females.  I suppose, there are a few men who may also enjoy it, but it’s full of comments like “I’d like to think it was due to…

I recently finished a book called “Almost Home:  Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope.”  This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts this year as I was pleasantly surprised that Sean’s cousin’s husband, Matt, took my wish list seriously and gave me this book along with “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” and “Good to…

To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything, and your heart certainly will be wrung and possibly broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one…Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the…

“I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think.  But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty, ok? This will be our secret. Because take it from…

I figured no one would fault me for breaking my weekly blogging goal since I’m a) in Honduras and b) in the middle of nowhere. But the middle of nowhere now has internet. And Lauren sort of made it clear that I have to stick to my commitments. . . We are in our final…

There’s a book I’ve been reading that has been rocking my world the last month.  Good News about Injustice by Gary Haugen.  Quick Haugen background – he is the President and CEO of a Christian organization called International Justice Mission.  From their website, www.ijm.org – “International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that brings…

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