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September 14, 2018

Hi my name is Nora and I’m 7 years old.

Today I went to a place named Tina Jo’s promise to see a horse named Jem.

But they were in the middle of a rescue! When I saw the rescue horse I realized how cruel people can be to such amazing animals.

The case of the horse is, the...

August 7, 2018

To be a missionary its important to have grit. Grit is such a great word. It means to to have determination, hardiness, resolve, fortitude, tenacity, endurance... all the things needed to be unwavering when challenges come. Most missionaries in history have gone throug...

July 3, 2018

I love how the kids are always aware of José and want to include him in our lives.

We talk to Jose all day long. We ask him questions, share our thoughts, complaints and praises. The other 3 kids are so cute. When they think he should be responding they will randomly re...

August 21, 2017

As I type, I am enjoying my 2nd week of a 4 week long furlough in Northern Michigan. Our home for the first part of our lives before we left for the field. 

It has been pure torture. As I am sure you can imagine!

I have had the privilege of speaking at man...

August 12, 2017

I almost named this post "Bearded Badass Super Dad... But then I though I'd better not. :)

Anyway, I am sure I will make a few people gag before I am done with this post.  But I suppose I can live with that.

I've been wanting to post about my husband for a while now. I h...

August 7, 2017

We do so many things as parents that build self esteem in our children. Every day we tell our kids that they are valuable and that their dreams really do matter. Often times these moments of encouragement come in subtle ways that we don't even realize are taking place....

July 12, 2017


This little boy gave me such joy today.

I have spent some time with him in the past when I've served at the orphanage that he lives at. But each time I did, I noticed that he seemed to be in his own world. Not interacting with anyone. I would often see him alone poundi...

July 6, 2017

When my family and I moved here 2 years ago to the Kid's Kingdom, we just missed meeting a little boy named Chuy by about one week. There had been problems with custody with the biological family as well as some behavior issues that made it so Chuy had to leave just da...

June 26, 2017

The best part of my job is seeing kids smile. Like genuinely smile. Not the posed-for-facebook type smiles but real smiles that are often followed by a hearty belly laugh.

I just love serving the kiddos at the special needs orphanages here.

This often means changing dirt...

June 26, 2017

Richardo R.

 Richardo with his "adopted mom" Elizabeth

Richardo arrived at the orphanage 11 years ago when he was only 10 years old. When I sit and chat with him now, I see him as kind, relaxed and laid back. He can be serious, but what strikes me is his wonderful sense...

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