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Giving thanks. Sometimes it’s hard to do when the holiday set aside for thanks-giving involves in-laws, slushy weather, disastrous kitchens, and crazy kids, not to mention those deeper extended family […]

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I loved Myquillyn’s recent post about the near-extinction of the drop-in visit because it conjured up memories of my greatest fear when we lived in Turkey: the drop-in visit. As […]

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When I first arrived in Turkey many moons ago to live our family’s new life, I was the mother of a two-year-old. A few months later, I became pregnant with […]

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Plato once said, “Music is… wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” God has created music similar to certain extravagant […]

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When we lived in Turkey, we needed to leave the country every three months to renew our passports. At first it was a complete pain—we’d wake up early, take an […]

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{photo by mwichary} How shall I say this without sounding overly vague? I’ll try this—my family and I have been in the non-profit world of being the hands, feet, and […]

"Envy looks through  a microscope.  Love looks through  a telescope." -Josh Billings

A few weeks ago, I shared something with a group of (in)courage readers here—something raw and organic, something a bit stream-of-consciousness, but still pressing searing hot into my forehead for […]

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As of this writing, I can’t bend my left leg. It’s in a lovely black-and-gray foam brace that starts at my upper thigh and ends mid-calf, and it’s accessorized with […]