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Furlough 2017

Hello there internet world. It has been a while since I have blogged. In fact, it has been a while since I have done any type of social media updating at all. My Facebook account keeps reminding me how long it has been since I last posted. Maybe Facebook thinks that I forgot to update, […]

The Nitty Gritty

As I write this, I am sitting in a coffee shop in Salida, Colorado. We are traveling with my parents for a week before heading to California and South Dakota. Our furlough has been wonderful. We have had the opportunity to talk to several groups about our new project as well as spending time with […]


  Since the time of our last blog so much has happened. For starters, right after the blog about leaving Neema was released, our family moved across town to our new home in Kisongo, a village right outside of Arusha. Five days after that move we left for our three-month furlough in the States. We […]

Saying Goodbye to Neema House

This will be the most vulnerable blog I have ever written. We are in a place right now where we are leaning into the uncertainty and vulnerability of our story. Brene Brown defines courage as telling your story with your whole heart. The thing about telling your story, is that you cannot control how people […]

March Update and an Announcment

I have had a major case of writers block!!! I have several topics swirling in my head that I would love to share on this blog, but nothing is coming out like I want it to, so I have been putting off writing all together. Yesterday I was with another missionary friend and we were […]

2016 – Year in Review

This year has been epic adventure of highs and lows. It has been the culmination of the past two years of hard work, prayer, fundraising and planning resulting in the move of Neema House to our new facility, collectively called Neema Village. This year has also been one of the hardest on record for our […]

The Big Move

Matt and I are no strangers to moving. This is saying a lot for a small town Texas girl who’s entire moving experience prior to becoming an adult consisted of relocating from one house to another across town. In the eleven years that Matt and I have been married our little family has moved nine […]

Culture and Yoga

Culture…unless you are an anthropologist, you just do not realize what a tangible entity culture is until you are doing the tango with it and you do not even know the steps. When you are living life in your own culture, you are able to breeze through on muscle memory. Social interactions are largely like […]

Joys of the Week

I wanted to share with you some of our joys the past week. Pineapple, mango, avocado, banana and passion fruit all bought from the local fruit stand, except for the passion fruit, which was picked from a vine at our neighbor’s house. It is the season for these fruits, and it is marvelous. Everything is […]

Home Again!

It is hard to believe that our trip to the states has come and gone. Our visit was intensely blessed by time shared with those we love. We were able to spend time with friends and family and touch base with many of you who have been following and supporting us on our African adventure. […]