Friday, March 30, 2012

A look back

It started with an unassuming comment.

The older kids had been admiring the bald head of a 5 month old.

"You were bald too when you were that age." I told them.

Almost immediately, Suhn asked if she was bald when she was a baby. Then she wanted to see her baby pictures.

For many adopted children, this can be a hard question. Baby pictures can be few or almost non-existent. But thanks to the amazing women at Angel House who loved on Suhn and took many, many pictures until we could bring her home, we have close to 100 pictures of Suhn as a baby.

So we sat, the two of us, and looked at the pictures one by one, exclaiming over how cute she was when she was little. She smiled and giggled and asked where we were. So we talked about adoption and how babies find their families in different ways.

It was one of many moments to come. Processing her journey together. Looking back at where she had been and giving thanks for where she is now. In this moment. Home.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Impact Lives in Zambia

One of the most exciting things about our trip to Zambia was the opportunity to see first hand the way God is working through Lifesong. In a country where unemployment is 70%, a high school education is a huge advantage. But it is expensive and very few make it to that level of education.

Lifesong hopes to build a high school someday soon, but they need funds to do that. Here is where you come in. By donating to Lifesong Zambia,  you can partner with God as he takes the most vulnerable orphaned child in Zambia and  transforms him or her into a person of influence through education and more importantly knowing Jesus. 

Read on to find out more!

Join us to IMPACT lives in Zambia...   

"Hi.  My name is Richard.  I am in grade 7.  I stay with my sister, Josephine.  I have three brothers and two sisters.  My other sister attends Lifesong and is in grade 5.  Her name is Emelia.  My mother stays in a village far away.  My father died in 2006.  Thank you for supporting me and may God bless you and add more days to your life.  My favorite subject is art."
Richard is just ONE of the 253 students that we are blessed to serve at Lifesong Zambia.  He is also one of the students that will be moving on to grade 8 this fall.  
Without the construction of new classrooms, Richard may join the 95% of Zambian children that are not able to attend High School. 
Will you join us in impacting the lives of children like Richard?
To add to the excitement--thanks to a generous donor, all donations will be matched up to $225,000!!
To join the Impact Zambia 100 team, email!

Monday, March 19, 2012


No, the title does not stand for Missing In Action, although based solely on the frequency of blog posts on this here space, you could draw that logical conclusion.

For today's purposes, however, MIA stands for Mya In Africa.

She was an amazing little travel partner. And while I can't say I loved/understood her movie choices on the plane ride over and back (she watched Rio, a movie she has already seen, 5 times), I do love her heart. She jumped right in with the kids she met, rarely complained and was generally one step ahead of us wherever we went.

My favorite Mya quote from the trip:  "Mom, the world is a lot bigger place than I thought."

She was not ready to leave Zambia, but I have a feeling she will be back someday.

Maybe she will return as an artist/teacher/missionary just like Aunt Leslie.

Below is a clip/compilation of  watching MIA (Mya In Africa).

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Did I say something about blogging in Africa?

Between the jet lag, busy schedule, spotty Internet, low shower pressure and limited hot water, it just didn't happen. And while the water temp/pressure didn't have anything to do with my blogging schedule, I thought it was important to find a way to let you know.

All of this can be summed up in one little phrase, "TIA."  

Translation:  This is Africa.

We had an amazing time.

Between learning about the incredible work Lifesong is doing in Zambia, spending time with Leslie, watching Mya interact with kids from the other side of the world, making new friends and having face-to-face encounters with African wildlife, we left with grateful hearts for the experience of Africa and the work God is doing there.

Here is a snippet from ONE of my favorite moments. The women you see work for Lifesong farms, in the strawberry fields of Zambia. They all have children who attend Lifesong school. Lifesong is not only investing deeply into these families by providing income and schooling, the profits from the strawberry farm are being poured back  into the school. The dream is that one day 100% of Lifesong school's administration costs will be covered by Lifesong farms. 

I am hoping to post more. There is SO much to share!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Here we go...

The day she has long awaited is finally here.

In Mya's own words, "As the days got closer (to leaving for Zambia), I got nervouser and excited. I couldn't wait to hug Aunt Leslie and play with the things in my backpack."

She has been ready to get on the plane for weeks and the day is finally here.

Today Mya and I leave for Africa, Zambia to be specific, to visit my sister and the Lifesong school.

We are expecting to have a great adventure.

I have a few other expectations for our trip as well:

I am expecting to spend some quality time with my sister whom I miss,
to tour the Lifesong school and learn more about how God is working there,
to have lots and lots (like a 15-hour plane ride lots) of mother-daughter bonding time,
for a life-changing experience that shapes my daughter's perspective for life.

There are others, but I'll stop here.

I don't know if my expectations are too high, or too low.

Regardless, its time to set expectation aside and start living this adventure.

Here we go!