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Last summer when we were back in the States, my mom had the rare opportunity to have all 7 of her grandchildren, her 3 daughters and their husbands together for one meal. No small feat with the conflicting work schedules and thriving social calendars of these kids.  The ‘kids’ ranged from 16 to 24 years […]
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When my oldest daughter was thirteen, she was bantering with a group of boys at the park when one of them made a sexual joke and they all started pointing and laughing at her.  I found her sobbing in the bathtub where she was washing herself over and over saying, “Why did they do that? […]
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Like many couples in full-time ministry, we spent the bulk of our 30’s completely maxed out.  Alex was leading a care team for 400 missionaries; I was overseeing a women’s leadership initiative for our organization.  He traveled.  I traveled.  We had three small kids, led a home church, participated in small group Bible studies, drove […]
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Funny to think that my great-grandmother wore orthopedic shoes, bi-focals, and a housedress in her 50’s while I’m planning to walk a part of the Camino del Santiago (a 500 mile spiritual pilgrimage) for my 50th birthday. They say 50 is the new 30, and I’m holding to it!  We’ve come a long way, baby!  (Though […]
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Fall has kicked off with floods, fires, earthquakes, and saber rattling with North Korea. And we thought last fall’s upheaval was epic with Brexit, the Trump/Clinton election, and multiple terrorist attacks! As we watch Houston rebuild, await this monster storm barreling towards Florida, see the flooding in Bangladesh and India, and the earthquake in Mexico, […]
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A weird thing happened around the age of 45, I suddenly felt old.  Mostly I found it surfacing when it came to my teenage daughters.  While I was thoroughly captivated watching my oldest daughter, a visionary like myself, bounding with ideas and enthusiasm, but I also felt strangely sad.  It took real effort not to […]
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As the flood of graduation photos roll out on social media, I can’t help but think some of my friends deserve their own graduation party– just for getting that kid to walk across the stage.   Some of you weren’t sure there would even be a graduation to celebrate (you know who you are!).  But […]
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And just like that, my oldest has finished her first year at university back in the United States.   Like most people when they’ve made a huge cultural transition, she’s feeling a bit emotionally fragile and is relieved to have the summer to regroup and process all that happened. While my daughter may be grateful to […]
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A handful of times in my life, I’ve laid prostrate before God in prayer.  One time it was before a significant leadership decision.  Another time was a moment of profound desperation during a crisis in my life.  Most recently, after God showed up dramatically among us at a retreat, I snuck back into the meeting […]
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This month we led a team retreat with a dynamic team living in Beirut whose work is primarily with the Syrian refugees.  All five couples are raising young families in the concrete jungle of high-rises, ever-present construction, and the chaos of Lebanese traffic.  Half of the newer members of the team is at that critical 2-4 […]
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