Eighteen Things for 2018

Scratch the title of this piece. I scribbled down the list, but when I stepped back and looked at it, it just seemed so flat. While all of the things on the list are good, the list was missing something. It was so generic and flat - like a club soda that sat out for too long. Not only was it missing something, but the list suddenly seemed too cumbersome. Too many things; so many that likely none of them would be accomplished in the next year. That's when I realized I only need One thing for 2018!

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Blessings of Contrast: a tale of two Christmases

Yesterday my parents, my siblings, Nick and I stepped off the MS Rotterdam, which had toured us around the West Caribbean for the previous seven days. There was food. Delicious and abundantly plentiful. There were gorgeous beaches and crystal clear waters. There was entertainment. Wholesome and enjoyable. There were friendly and enthusiastic housekeepers and servers.... Continue Reading →

Lifescaping Devotional // Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands As a landscaper, a lot of my work involves getting my hands dirty. Pulling weeds, moving mulch, and planting flowers all result in dirty and sometimes calloused hands. When my shift ends, I always look forward to driving back to the shop and standing at the massive stainless steel sink and washing my... Continue Reading →

Masih Hidup (I’m still alive)

Time sure has a way of slipping away from us if we're not careful. I've had all the best intentions to continue writing after returning home, but sadly, I simply haven't made the time for it. I've missed it though and I'd like to catch you up on the past couple of months. Hopefully this... Continue Reading →

A Flurry of Goodbyes

As I write this I'm looking out over Atlanta, departing from my final "Goodbye," and headed toward my big "Hello's!" I previously wrote about saying goodbye to Mister, but since then, there has been a flurry of other goodbyes. Sunday, Erin and Afri were making their final preparations for their trip to Wamena the following... Continue Reading →

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