the gift of joy

as we prepared for our last trip to the village of hope, i received a call from a friend telling me her child wanted to come by my work and donate her own money toward our fundraising. that child’s name is joy and this is the story of her gift. all of the first grade Read More

the knitting debrief

¬†¬†robyn, aka the minimalist knitter, asked me how the knitting project went in uganda. my response came from the first time i’ve sat down to write anything out. so i’m including it here as an update: robyn, wow! where do i begin? it was really awesome! here are a few photos when the house moms Read More

gifted to give

when jon and i returned from our first trip to uganda last august, our hearts were agitated. we wanted to do something. to be of help to the children at the village of hope. we joked (ok, i joked. jon may have been quite serious!) about moving to uganda, building our own hut in the Read More

daily bread

last sunday my pastor preached on part of the Lord’s Prayer. i was not there to hear him give the message since i was at a women’s retreat. but!… because i’m the one who puts the sermon outline and notes into youversion, i got to read the material last week before i left. which is Read More

Article of our trip to Uganda

This article was submitted to both Jon’s and my employers for use in their newsletters. We are delighted that either of them would want to distribute our story. And I thought I would publish here, too, for funsies… in case you aren’t on either of those lists. Not many people have experienced horrors worse than Read More

are you my sponsor?

when jon and i returned from uganda, we began to pray and ask God how we might become further involved with the village of hope and do what we can do ensure these children have a godly, successful future. and one of the things we considered was the child sponsorship program. in this program, $100 Read More

what’s in a name?

today it was announced that our church is changing its name from mckinney fellowship to christ fellowship. and while i have heard there are some folks not happy – or at least reticent – about the name change… i love it! i love that the new name says we are not about a city, but Read More

obsessed with knitting

i’m back in my knitting phase. i can hardly concentrate on anything else. my marriage, my job, the cats – they are riding backseat in my knit-mobile. i woke up thinking about knitting today, for goodness’ sake. it is my prayer that i wake up to God’s praise and that i would fall asleep with Read More


this is a girl who i began to refer to as ‘stoic vicky’ – and everyone knew who i meant. our first day on the land at the village of hope in uganda, the children shook our hands and greeted us and bowed (so sweet!) and vicky was among them. there was a variety of Read More

uganda, debrief

after returning from uganda, i had an opportunity to share with the wonderful staff i get to work with about the trip. i knew i’d lose focus if i didn’t have it written down, so i prepared it ahead of time. this is what i said: first – i have greetings to give you, from Read More

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