Thursday, April 24, 2014

After Nine Years, Last Post

With much sadness I post what will likely be my last on this site. 
This has been my online home for nine years. I can hardly think of anything I've done consistently for that long. This blog holds priceless treasures made up of memories and stories. I'm so grateful to have it all here.

But I'm moving things over to a new "home" that will take on a slightly different feel.

Sincerely, I am beyond grateful to anyone who still reads here. I know there are a few of you who have been around since the beginning. I so hope you will decide to join me over on my new site.

Goodwill Living

With lots of love,

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Battle of Comforts

As our class sings, “Head, shoulders, knees and toes!” my eyes go to the tiny toes poking through threadbare socks. My little friend isn’t without shoes because she is a stubborn three year old; she just doesn’t have any.

I mistakenly call a boy “she” for over an hour because his tattered, mislead by his pink floral clothing. But the lack of boyish clothes is the least of his mother’s concerns when they’ve spent years fleeing genocide and persecution.

 It was his mom, in fact, who communicated in broken English that they had lived “like pigs” in the refugee camps, herded around in deplorable conditions. That was her reality for nearly 20 years.

Find the rest of the story about our days with refugees over at

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Things Coming!

I'm currently working on a new site with hopes of including a little art shop along with the blog.
Thank you so much to those who continue to check back.
New things are coming!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Chatting About Love with Elisabeth Elliot Over Fish and Chips

 Five years ago, my husband and I found ourselves walking into the living room of Elisabeth Elliot and her husband, Lars.

I glanced around and saw relics and photos I'd read about in books. There sat a framed picture of Jim Elliot. And on the wall hung a large print of young Valerie with the natives of Ecuador.

We rocked in chairs facing a large window overlooking the Atlantic.  Sharing space with a life-long hero was incredibly humbling. And nerve racking. I felt it probably best not to say much as there was no point in ruining a good thing.

Come on over to I Take Joy to

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Grateful Heart

I had to take a second to thank all of you who have so generously offered contributions to our silent auction for the Love146 Event. It is such a gift to feel supported, and so many of you have gone above and beyond.
Additionally, I know several of you sent a donation instead of an item to be auctioned. We are blown away by you. A friend wrote this morning to say she and her husband had committed to giving up a few months of date night and the babysitter, and were giving that money towards the event. Yes, there were tears. Too generous.

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Winter Birch Giclee Print by Ruth Chou Simons
Kendra Scott Jewelry package from Kendra Scott Houston
Original oil on canvas painting by Isabelle Dupuy (not exact piece for event)
Headfirst album from Jillian Edwards

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Perfect Valentine's Date

As I watch my babies play I'm overjoyed that their roots are spreading in the soil of security and love, and praying the Lord will use this to draw them closer to Himself. I pray constantly that they will love God passionately, and love others sacrificially and graciously as they grow into men.

And as I see them run around freely in the backyard I'm also shattered by the reality that so many children's roots are deepening in the soil of abuse, mistrust, lies and evil. They are not protected. They are hurting, bodies and souls pillaged.

This is the reality of our world and it can be crushing.
But there is such Hope. God is moving in the hearts of many to act and to love. We get to be a small part of his big plan, the greater story.

The Love146 office here in Texas is working hard to pull together a great evening of celebration for the abolition work being done, share what will be happening in the future, and most importantly, raise the money needed for the work!

We would love so much to see YOU there if you're near this area! Please consider joining us for the first annual dinner gala, "A Portrait of Love." Tickets are on sale now. Just think what a great Valentine's Date this would make!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hints from the Realm Unknown

"Yet hints come to me from the realm unknown;
Airs drift across the twilight border land,
Odoured with life; and as from some far strand

Sea-murmured, whispers to my heart are blown
That fill me with a joy I cannot speak,

Yea, from whose shadow words drop faint and weak:
Thee, God, I shadow in that region grand."
-George MacDonald