then and now

A seven year old girl once stood on the sidewalk of her Chicago suburb. Out of what seemed like nowhere to her, two dobermans appeared. They were growling and barking and showing their pointy teeth. And then they ran. They ran straight at her, looking as menacing as they possibly could. The little girl wanted …

the eclipse

On the night of our tenth anniversary this graced the skies. An eclipse of the moon. Ben and I chatted about how cheesy it was that we were both feeling sentimental that it was in the sky on this night. Of all nights. Tonight he drives for the city of Iringa, Tanzania. Happy weekend, Kristy

I miss him

This is a crazy time to be apart. There are decisions I am faced with every day that I wish Ben was facing with me. Should I get this size plastic bin or is it too big for air freight? Should we go with this moving quote or that one? Should I pack this or …

what would you do?

Friends of this blog, I really need your help. I know that this is a decision that only we can make, but I need to hear your outside perspective. I need to know what you would do if you were me, more for the comfort of knowing I’m not alone in this than anything else. …

Ten Years Ago…

…in a land far far away from the one we’re in now, we got hitched. You remember, hunny? We took this pic on our first anniversary, when we had only lived in South Africa for four months. Weren’t we cute? Awww, I think so. Look, no wrinkles or grey hairs! Ten years in and I …

STUCK

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that …

COFFEE GUY IS ON THE ROAD

He’s on the road and he’s driving this. Watch out world. This is what a vehicle looks like when you’ve packed it with everything you possibly can from your house. The last two days have been a whirlwind of packing and decision making… and it’s not over yet. Ben’s on the road, but he has …

Huntin’ Monkeys

My brother came by for a visit a few weeks ago (he just hopped on a quick 30 hr flight to get here) and on his last day with us he had one request: monkeys. He wanted to see MONKEYS! To us, monkeys are a little like the neighborhood skunk that everybody hates. Annoying, a …

Peanuts for God

Peanuts for God

“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 Today I need to be reminded that I have nothing to fear. Moving my family into central Africa is peanuts for God. He’s got this one. And the …