Fruit of Haiti: Goodness

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He sat on the floor barely moving or talking.  A small square of carpet, no bigger than the size of an average kitchen table in America, was his playground.  A few toys littered the carpet, and several of his more lively counterparts who shared this modest piece of real estate delighted in taking the toys […]

What does Jordan Spieth have to do with the fruit of Haiti?

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I just finished watching the Final Round of the British Open Golf Tournament.  Besides hoping to see Jordan Spieth make history by becoming the first player in 62 years to win his first three majors of the year, (along with all of Twitterdom and America, it seems), I love to watch golf.  And it’s also […]

Fruits of Haiti: Patience.

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The sun was barely hovering above the horizon as the plane crept slowly along the tarmac awaiting take-off.  In the 45 minutes it took to make its way to the runway, I dozed in my seat, my head bobbing involuntarily toward my chest.  In my half-conscious state, I realized we were finally gathering speed.  40, […]

Making sense of my Mission to Haiti

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Since my return from Haiti just over 2 weeks ago, I feel like all I’ve done is sit in my backyard watching the antics of the the hummingbirds drinking nectar from my flowers and geckos dancing along my wall. Oh and tending to our new puppy! (Who’s idea was that?) Honestly, I think I have […]

Now is a good time.

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Our first flight departs in just 4.0 hours, and by Monday afternoon we will be landing on the cherished ground of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The first time I stepped foot on Haitian soil was in June, 2012 with my then 15 y/o son.  He’s returned every summer since.  Now, he’s a High School Graduate, and I’m […]

How loving and learning can improve your relationships

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My new friend, Susie Albert Miller, and I met in an online networking group.  We immediately hit it off , because she has immense compassion and insight. Her new book: Listen, Learn, Love: How to Dramatically Improve Your Relationships in 30 Days or Less!    releases TODAY!  I am honored to have her as a […]

What God can do with an unwilling heart and a rummage sale

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If you saw my Facebook page last week promoting a garage sale you might have thought, “oh she’s one of those people who live for having garage sales!” But don’t be fooled.  I’m not that girl. First, they’re a lot of work.  Second, I don’t love haggling with people over 50 cents.  Third, they’re a […]

When words hurt…how do we heal?

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Because of things like social media, it is easier than ever for folks to express their opinions.  Whether they share a piece of content with a controversial overtone, write a post on a hot topic, or make a comment on someone else’s post, everywhere you look, there are “experts”, “encouragers”, “over-commenters”, “stalkers” and even, “naysayers.” […]

How to help when someone is hurting.

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You may or may not know, I’m writing a book.  It’s called:  “Alongside: A practical guide for loving your neighbor in times of trial.”  I’ve had my own share of trials, but as part of my research, I’ve also interviewed lots of people who’ve lived through challenging times.  I’ve learned a lot…but today I’m reminded, […]