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 …

The Weekend Car Wash | Things to do in Burundi

The Weekend Car Wash | Things to do in Burundi

In Burundi their isn’t a huge variety of weekend activities to choose from. We usually aren’t daunted by this, but it does lead to the induction of some interesting weekend pass-times. The latest craze in the Carlson house? Our very own Saturday morning car wash. By the time my boys are finished “washing the car” …

Living next door to you.

Living next door to you.

… I just want to say, that I see you… even though I am cushioned by things you lack. My self aches. It’s an unmovable ache. It’s the ache of living next door to YOU. The ache of MY “haves” and YOUR “have nots.” … I want so badly to escape your story.. The truth …

A Rough Ride

A Rough Ride

Tonight we are back. Back from a day in the coffee hills. We were attempting to work on farmer stories. Trying to capture moments that will help the world see what life is like for the coffee farmers here. It didn’t really pan out. At all. It was one of those days that starts me …

Choosing Them

Choosing Them

So, I choose them. I’m recognizing, right this moment, that their legs are getting longer and their tummies don’t stick out like they used to. Yes, I have other dreams, but THEY were my first dream, and even if they weren’t… they are my best one. They win. When pitted or pushed against any other …

To my little champion of French,

To my little champion of French,

  You just spent a year in a French speaking school… and your home language is English. Do you understand how amazing that is? I swore that I would never be THAT MOM that uses her kid as a walking Google Translate, but I am. Because, well… you know more French than me now and …

My top 5 summer reads

My top 5 summer reads

Books are important to our family. So important that the small amount of air freight we brought to Burundi contained mostly books. Now that we live in Burundi, books feel like an absolute luxury. We have guesstimated that the nearest bookstore is probably at least a 5 hour drive and one border post away, in …

Sometimes I want to fly away.

Sometimes I want to fly away.

It’s true. I sometimes wish there was an open window and I could just fly myself “home” to the people who have loved me from birth and the places that I have seen forever. This week has been hard for me. The “toughness” of life in Africa has seeped into my being and I have …

My Littles: On Polaroid Film

My Littles: On Polaroid Film

There is a beauty in raising boys that I did not expect to find. It is lodged somewhere between the screaming and the sword fights and the pushing and the spilled juice. I feel like I am always scrambling for a tiny piece of sanity, a rest in the midst of the deluge that is …