Back To Burundi

Back To Burundi

Our Burundi coffee reminds me of lilacs and saddles. Clearly, that’s not an educated flavor or taste profile. I’ve spent the last 16 years of my life in Africa, but these reminders are a nod to my Midwest American roots. I grew up craving everything that had to do with horses. My parents couldn’t afford …

Uprooted: Our Burundi Exit

Uprooted: Our Burundi Exit

Our exit from Burundi was like molasses falling steady from a spoon, sticky and slow. Lifting ourselves from the land was a process full of attempts to stay. After several years of struggling to call Burundi “home,” now I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving the place that had taught me so many of my …

Exploring Nairobi With Kids

Exploring Nairobi With Kids

Shopping in real grocery stores and speaking English rank at the top of my “reasons to love Kenya” list, but after a recent trip to Nairobi that list now includes all the fun things available for families to do in Nairobi (without even hiking out to the Maasai Mara). In just two days we were able …

Debunking 5 myths about expat life

Debunking 5 myths about expat life

I struggle with the idea of comparing lifestyles, because that’s not really what life is all about. That said, I do often feel like the expat lifestyle is easily misunderstood. Most expats have chosen the country they reside in, some landed there by chance, and others were forced through crisis to find a new home. …

Christmas Gifts Of Inspiration

Christmas Gifts Of Inspiration

I don’t know what it is about Christmas. I put my game face on. I tell myself its “just like the last 10 years you’ve celebrated Christmas away from your family” and yet, I feel the ache of another Christmas away from the people who taught me the truth about Christmas. It’s a slippery slope …

An Open Letter

An Open Letter

Dear One in the sky and in my heart, What is your plan? I would really like to know. The thing is, it’s hard work trusting you right now. Why that is, I’m not sure. Probably because I am a tiny speck and I never really understand what’s going on. It’s not like you’ve EVER …

Go Do.

Go Do.

I can see it faintly through the cracks. An ache to be more like them. It’s a longing for the carefree-fall-into-bed-exhausted-but-happy days of childhood, but it’s also more. My boys teach me by example that it’s better to just DO life instead of planning it to the hilt. Life should be an expression of our …

For the love.

For the love.

For the love. For the love of authenticity and discovering FEAR as a friend and digging deep and UNEARTHING our truest selves and seeing GOD in life and understanding our own HEARTS. For the love of grace and goodness and sunsets and the pursuit of the unimaginable. For the love of all these things… LET’S DREAM. …

And The Goodness Rolls In…

And The Goodness Rolls In…

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson I started asking God for moments. I asked for moments that would mean something to to me. Moments that would confirm what I had decided in my heart… The decision to put my all into “round …