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Favorite Pics of 2019

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” ~Luke 2:19 At the end of each year, I often find myself wishing that I had blogged, communicated, and documented more.  Those are not the things that I usually prioritize in the midst of daily life.  And in this era of technology […]

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My Grown Up Christmas List (2019)

Well folks, here it is…My Grown Up Christmas List for 2019!  This year, our biggest wish is focused on those individuals with whom we spend our everyday lives… the Tenwek surgical residents.  Could you help train a surgeon for East Africa?  If that’s not the ultimate “gift that keeps on giving,” then I don’t know […]

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Unexpected Outcomes

It seems that episodes of profound discouragement are a regular part of the missionary surgeon’s diet. Day after day we toil alongside incredibly sick patients to bring healing, and too many times the outcomes are poor. Whether from patients arriving late in a disease course, or from underlying nutritional deficits, the outcome is often grim. […]

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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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