This IS Our Christmas Card

This IS Our Christmas Card

Walking to the mailbox each day and retrieving mail is one of my favorite simple daily pleasures. Maybe I just have friends who send great mail, but I truly look forward to this small thing each day. Christmas only amplifies these feelings as our mailbox is stuffed with sparkly cards and well wishes from friends, whose family photos then adorn the side of our (very untidy) refrigerator.

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His Voice Global - Kenya

His Voice Global - Kenya

Every morning when I wake up I count ahead eight hours. That’s the time difference between Missouri and Maai Mahiu, Kenya. I think about the women there. Did they have enough food today? Are the safe? How are their children? Have they found a “casual job” ( a term for a temporary worker, i.e. helping plant in a field) today or will they be forced to choose between their children starving and prostitution?

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On Grief and The Holidays

On Grief and The Holidays

Three years ago I was celebrating Thanksgiving with my family when my dad died quickly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. Five months later, still in intense grief from losing my dad, I had my sixth miscarriage around 12 weeks of pregnancy – a pregnancy for which the due date was late November. Those two holiday seasons were some of the hardest and darkest times in my life.

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