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Looking Back….Looking Ahead
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Counting the Cost
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When the Answer is “No”
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Happy Birthday Princess
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A Season of Reconnecting
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Shadows of Remembrance
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And It Begins
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Bumps Ahead
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Mountaintop Experience – Our Hike Up Kilimanjaro

Looking Back….Looking Ahead

It has been three years since I last held Hannah in my arms.  Three years since her home going.  Three years since I crawled into bed with her and released her back to her Creator.  Three years since she took her last breath on earth and her first breath in Heaven.  It has been three years since this daddy’s heart was shattered into a million pieces.  Three years… A lot has happened in the past three years.  So many major life events…so many memories.  And yet with each new memory, we continue to look back, knowing that new memories will always be incomplete.  Every family picture has a palpable absence where my daughter should be.  With Joshua and his baby brother yet to be born, I[…]

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Counting the Cost

What do you say in the face of devastating loss?  How do you respond when your world is falling down around you?  How do you make sense of the death of yet another missionary colleague?   It seems like our missionary community is still reeling from the untimely death of Sarah Lantz, a Samaritan’s Purse post-resident who recently died from advanced breast cancer at age 34.  She had been faithfully serving as a surgeon in Zambia.  Even after returning to the states, her fire and passion for serving Jesus never dimmed.  Even in death, the light of Christ continues to burn brightly through the legacy she left behind.  (Kent Brantly wrote a beautiful tribute to her which you can read here.) And now we receive news[…]

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When the Answer is “No”

I think “no” may be the answer I received the most when I was growing up.  “No you can’t have matches.”  “No you can’t climb onto the roof.”  “No you can’t hang your sisters over the railing.”  I can’t say that I always listened when the answer was no (I may or may not have found myself on several different rooftops and my sisters tell stories of being dangled by their feet from rather high locations) but more often than not when I was told no, it was meant for my benefit or the benefit of others…or both. No is not an easy thing to hear, especially when it is in response to something that we really want or think we need.  In the past[…]

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Happy Birthday Princess

Happy birthday Hannah!  It doesn’t seem possible that this is the third birthday we’ve had to celebrate without you here.  I can still vividly remember the day you joined our family and instantly changed everything. My daddy heart grew so much as your tiny hand grasped onto my finger for the first time.  Those days we had with you in the NICU were so special.  So was the time when we finally could bring you home and the boys could meet and hold their baby sissy. It’s been hard not having you with us.  It’s hard knowing that our family can never be complete on this side of heaven.  It’s hard to miss so many of the milestones you would have had.  It’s just hard.  But even though[…]

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A Season of Reconnecting

I was looking over my calendar trying to figure out how it is almost Thanksgiving already.  In doing so I realized that I have been away on  six of the past seven weekends.  I guess this explains why I am so far behind on jobs around the house, updating my blog, etc.  While the past couple months have been exhausting, they have also been a great time to reconnect with so many great friends.  Here is a very brief summary of what I have been up to lately.   Prescription for Renewal (PFR) and Missionary Medicine Conference This is an annual conference held at The Cove in Asheville, NC.  Steph and I were able to attend this conference the three years before we left for[…]

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Shadows of Remembrance

I heard Hannah laugh the other day.  I was in the kitchen getting something and I heard a belly laugh that had to be her.  When I turned around, I saw Levi holding Joshua by the ankles and pulling him across the floor.  Joshua thought it was great and was laughing just like his big sister always would.  This sight and the laughter immediately took me back to when Levi would do the same thing with Hannah at our home in Pennsylvania.  The only difference was that Levi is now almost twice the size he was then…and it wasn’t Hannah. We’ve been back in the states for several months now.  In our short time back we have already been in about 6 states for various reasons and we[…]

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And It Begins

It seems like we’ve been waiting for quite a while to get ourselves organized and to get everything in order so we could begin support raising.  I don’t think that I would say that we are fully ready but either way, it has begun. Several weeks ago, we received an invitation to speak at Rally Day at Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Mifflintown, PA (the church where my dad pastored for 14 years).  It had been ten years since I stepped foot in that church.  I think the last time would have been for dad’s funeral service.  It was strange being there again after so many years away.  There were some differences, but much was the same as I remember from when I was growing up.[…]

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Bumps Ahead

The conversation went something like this.  Steph is driving and I am learning how to use my new phone/handheld super computer. Steph: “There was a bump.” Me: “There was??” Steph: “Yup.  There was a sign for it and then a bump.  Didn’t you feel it?” Me: “Ummm….no.” The entire situation seemed somewhat comical to us because many of the “bumps” in the U.S. just don’t seem like much compared to the car-eating potholes we’ve grown accustomed to in Kenya. We have now been in America for almost a week.  As expected, there have been some bumps along the way and we are certain there are many more coming.  Having a few days in Windsor at Legoland was helpful.  Kenya was a British colony so our brief[…]

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Mountaintop Experience – Our Hike Up Kilimanjaro

Our time at Tenwek is rapidly drawing to a close.  Several months ago some of the guys had an idea to go on some type of an adventure before our time here ended.  A hike up Africa’s tallest mountain (Kilimanjaro) was the agreed upon destination.  This past week that hike occurred and what an experience it was.  There were four of us from Tenwek plus another missionary from Narok and a friend from the states.  We were also matched up with a gentleman from the states who has been living in Dar es Salaam for the past year.  Here is a brief summary of our trip.   Day 1 – Bus ride from Nairobi, Kenya to Moshi, Tanzania After a semi-restful night at a guest[…]

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