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My Grown Up Christmas List (2018)

‘Tis the season…  for our grown-up Christmas list again!  It’s hard to believe that this will be our 5th Christmas since moving to Kenya in June 2014.  Our first Christmas, we did not have a Christmas wish list.  We were still trying to get our minds around our new life… missing “home”… surrounded by an […]

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Fire!

“There’s a FIRE!”  These words interrupted our family movie night almost three weeks ago (February 9th) as our 11-year-old neighbor burst into our house, holding a lantern high, calling out the warning. Over the next several hours, a fire destroyed one of the buildings of Tenwek Hospital as Heath worked to evacuate patients, and Angela […]

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My Grown Up Christmas List

(3rd Annual) Well friends, here it is…My 3rd annual Grown Up Christmas List!  When I began this wish list three years ago, our second Christmas in Kenya, I was struggling to come to terms with the reality of deep needs all around me in my new life…needs that overnight had gone from being statistics and […]

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Trauma and Critical Care Training:  What was I thinking?

At some point in 2004, I walked out of the Univeristy of New Mexico Hospital with a smile on my face.  I had just completed my last day on the trauma service.  No longer would I be up in the middle of the night taking care of labor-intensive injured patients.  No longer would I sit […]

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Wishes coming true!

God has answered SO many prayers of our hearts during our time in the U.S. this year! We want to share some amazing follow up on my wishes from “My Grown Up Christmas List”… A TEACHER!… We have a teacher preparing to join us in Kenya!  Grace Williams graduated from Johnson University in Knoxville in […]

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My Grown up Christmas List

(2nd annual) Tis the season!  No better day than “Giving Tuesday” to roll out my 2nd annual Grown up Christmas List!  Even though this year we will have the joy of celebrating Christmas in America, our hearts and minds are still with our Kenyan friends and neighbors.  Throughout the past few years, our vision has […]

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When there is nothing more to do…

It was early Sunday morning and our team had been up late the night before operating on a premature infant with an intestinal blockage.  I am usually grateful when there is just one big problem to handle during a weekend of call, but that was not to be this weekend.  At about 4:00 am, I […]

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A thrill of hope…the weary world rejoices!

As we sang Christmas carols at our Christmas Eve church service, a familiar and heart-wrenching wailing began in the background, coming from the direction of the hospital.  We all know what this sound means…Someone has just lost a dearly loved one.  You see, it is rarely a “silent night” at a hospital. We have just […]

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My Grown Up Christmas List

Although there have been more recent releases, this song will always carry me back to the 1990’s and Amy Grant and a time when I thought I was much more grown-up than I really was!  I am not as optimistic or naive as I was then, but now that I really am a grown-up, I […]

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The Bygone Days of Summer

“Summer afternoon- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~Henry James I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today and thought I would reflect on our recent summer.  I love summer.  I have never been one of those moms who is ready for school to start.  I […]

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