It seems perfectly fitting that on Orphan Sunday we are boarding a flight to Ghana - a country I was introduced to through the faces of five orphans. Three years ago I looked at photos of the children taken in their orphanage, and a few months later was on a plane to meet them. At the … Continue reading It’s Orphan Sunday: Rise and Go
We're packing the luggage, gathering the passports, and preparing for another trip to Ghana in early November. I'm so blessed to be able to work in that part of the world. It's joyfully noisy and replete with complicated cultural nuances that I'll never completely understand. The people are gracious, the children are full of energy, and the … Continue reading Books, Lanterns, and Backpacks
There is nothing that makes my palms sweat more than a ski lift. Even if I am 800 miles from the nearest one, just thinking about my legs dangling from one of those flimsy-looking benches, with only a single rod between me and the ground far below induces the sweat. And it seems that in so many movies lately, the final … Continue reading Facts, Not Fear
The Village is this Thursday, October 2 and I want you to come! If you don’t know what The Village is, then here’s the scoop: some friends and I are going to share stories about connections that we’ve made with women in Ghana through Rising Village Foundation. If you’re going to be in the Tulsa area, … Continue reading Please Join Me for The Village!
My mother died six years ago this month. I remember the Mother’s Day after her funeral when I sat on the back patio and watched a nest of baby birds with their tiny heads turned toward the sky and mouths open, waiting for their mama to return. “Lucky you,” I remember saying to them, “at … Continue reading Let’s Honor the Mothers Together
“You have been treated generously, so live generously.” - Matthew 10:8 (The Message) It’s April, which means it is time for me to clear out some of the junk. Last year during this season of Lent, I looked through my closets, drawers, cabinets and under the beds to find things that needed to go. It … Continue reading Let’s Clear Some Clutter
After dropping Alison at the bus stop, I was sitting at the red light on 71st street waiting to go straight across into my neighborhood. It's a tricky light, because you can't always see the cars coming across if you're turning left. A mom (important part to note) in a hefty SUV didn't see me … Continue reading I Know That Lady!
I could get in trouble for posting this on Valentine's Day. After all, this holiday is all about romantic love, perfect relationships, and happy endings. Why would you read a post debunking all that when there are sappy cards to be purchased and dinner reservations to be made? Just to be fair, I received a … Continue reading Taking the Romance Out of Valentine’s Day
Our last day in Ankaase was great weather. Cool this morning and dry and warm (okay, a little hot) this afternoon. But definitely my kind of weather. I should be preparing myself mentally to return to winter snow, but I’m trying not to think about the weather. We handed out Rising Village t-shirts to the … Continue reading Ghana Day Six (Last Day): Meet James, Yaa, and Eunice
About a week before I left, Kyle and I had the idea to throw a dinner party for the Rising Village families. We thought this would be an opportunity to build relationships and encourage them to get to know one another better. We also wanted to communicate that our work in the village is a … Continue reading Ghana Day Five: Jubilee Dinner
When I land in Ghana, sometimes it takes a couple of days to emerge from the slight culture shock. I feel as if there is so little that is familiar here. I look around and wonder what we have in common between the cultures. I'm always screwing up: getting my greetings confused, shaking a hand with … Continue reading Ghana Day Four: Babies, Farms, and Betty!
I’m not a shopper, but we trekked through the streets of Kumasi (no small feat, see photo below) and when we returned to the Mission House late this afternoon, we officially all dropped. Isaac collapsed on the couch, Colin stretched out in the recliner, and Eunice was slumped to one side in a chair. But … Continue reading Ghana Day Three: To Kumasi and Back
Here is what I didn’t know about eating in Ghana: we eat the chicken bones, we don't leave them on the plate. I’m not picky about my food, but I'm not sure about eating chicken bones. Colin did pretty well and gnawed around on his drumstick, but this is really is out of our comfort … Continue reading Ghana Day Two: Chicken Bones and Comfort Zones
Colin says that I have a technology curse. I think he might be right. So, we had to drive into Kumasi today - our first day in the village - to exchange money and purchase a modem. It seems that every time I come to Ghana it gets a little harder to access the Internet. … Continue reading Dresses, Backpacks and Bibles
We've packed the cheese and the onesies, the flashcards, the chalk, the extension cord and the conversation hearts, along with just a few other items. Every nook and cranny of our three suitcases is filled, and we've redistributed until we're certain none of our luggage is over 50 pounds. We have luggage that is airline … Continue reading It’s Sunday, but Monday is Comin’
I'm posting this because we set a goal and it would be so wonderful to reach it before we leave for Ghana on Monday. I've been thinking about this for a while and wondering if it's appropriate, but I'm taking the risk and praying that you don't run the other direction when you see me … Continue reading Would You?
You people amaze me. Today, I had all ages of friends coming to my door with sacks of school supplies for children and teachers in Ghana. One little girl bounced up my sidewalk with bright backpacks. Another friend who lives in a retirement community brought colored pencils, chalk and Cinderella flash cards. "It's just a … Continue reading Such Love
I try not to start things that I don't intend to finish. This used to be a pattern with me - uncompleted projects were scattered throughout our house, including files of the first several chapters of different novels I tried to write and drawers filled with unfinished photo scrapbooks. After decades of beating myself up … Continue reading The Empty Shelf Challenge
Happy New Year! We rang in 2014 in the most anticlimactic way possible but that doesn't mean that I'm not looking forward to what it holds. I don't really make resolutions because I never keep them. I just choose a word that I will spend the next 12 months attempting to learn more about and … Continue reading It’s 2014 and I Have a Word for the Year
It seems like just a few months ago I chose this word for 2013. This crazy year has rushed by. I try to balance my life so that busyness does not interfere with reflection, meditation, relationships, and other ways that I retain my sanity. While I've had stretches of time during the year to think, … Continue reading Reflections on a Word: Restoration