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Last Junior High Dorm Party

Saturday we had our last dorm party with our guys. In a few weeks they will be heading home to be with family for 6 weeks and then back to RVA to start high school! In a new dorm, with new dorm parents, new roommates, new friends, new teachers…

For our last dorm party we had a Luau Party with grilled meat, fruit kabobs, s’mores, and a drink bar. Music, limbo, prizes, bocce ball, lounging in the grass around a bonfire pit….then ended the night with capture the flag. It was so fun!

Priceless memories we will not forget with boys we will always remember.
Our boys. They’ve become family and we wish we could keep them forever.



A SHORT VISIT TO THE UK – 8th – 22nd JULY 2017

I’m heading back to the UK in three week and I’m so excited!!  It’s a ‘flying visit’ but I hope to see as many of you as possible.  I shall be with the family to celebrate Molly’s graduation in Keele in the first week but I will be in Hampshire for the rest of the time.  I’d love to see you so please do put these dates in your diary


Sunday 9th July – 9.15 am
St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham (church and hall services)

Sunday 9th July – 11am 
The Blessed Mary, Upham        


Afternoon Tea at the Rectory. St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham
An informal get together in The Rectory garden to enjoy cream teas and a catch up.  Bring a chair/blanket.  Everyone welcome.  







Come along and hear about the ministry of AIM AIR in East Africa.
Time to really find out what I’ve been doing!
Informal presentation and question and answer session
The Stables, St Peter’s Church.
Everyone welcome.  


Mothers’ Union enrolment at All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi.

Cup of tea in my new MU mug!

The new engine being install in our Cessna 208 Caravan.

Contingency training in preparation for the elections in August.


  • AIM Air audit/inspection – give thanks for the massive effort from the team and for the successful outcome.
  • Mothers’ Union and the ladies of St Luke’s Church
  • Prayers, encouragement and generosity of supporters
  • Elections – pray for peace and calm as Kenya prepares for the next general election on the 8th August this year.
  • All the staff at AIM AIR
  • My last three weeks in the role of General Manager

Learning to say Goodbye…

I’ve always been that Momma.  The one that insisted on goodbye hugs.  I’ve always carried around my camera and attempted to capture the fleeting moments on film to ensure there will be photos to go with the memories.  I’ve even attempted yearly scrapbooks to track the lives of my children and their cousins so that they will be able to remember the moments from when they were small.  I’ve made every student give me a high five or a hug or a handshake everyday before I put them on the bus without fail.  Why you might ask?  Because life on earth is fragile.  Because I want the memory that student carries of that day, and that my children carry from that visit, to be captured in a moment of love.

You see, Justin and I were blessed.  We were in college before we had to say goodbye to our first grandparent.  Sure, we said goodbye to people near and dear to us before that, but the first loss that carried the weight of immediate family didn’t impact our childhood.  After marriage we experienced the loss of two parents in one year.  Both of our children were born after their life on earth was done and as a result I’ve made it a point to teach my children to say goodbye.  It’s not always been easy.  Sometimes they are tired.  Sometimes they don’t understand why I insist on goodbye hugs and goodbye kisses and apologies when mistakes happen.  I pray one day they will.  I pray one day they will be able to say, “Momma and Daddy taught us to say goodbye well.”

This past week has been filled with goodbyes.  We’ve finished our last week of school and the kids and I have wished our classmates and coworkers goodbye.  We’ve said goodbye to our current grade levels and embraced new ones.  We’ve said goodbye to family friends knowing we may see them again, but for some we may not.  I’ve hugged necks and whispered prayers of protection over those I love.  I’ve prayed they will see a clear path for God’s will in their daily lives, the big moments and the small moments.  We’re striving to say goodbye to places and people well amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Now, having read this far, if you know us well I’ve either made you cry, or scratch your head, or maybe both.   I’m okay with that.  You see I want myself, and my children, and my family, and my friends to understand that Goodbye isn’t scary.  It may not always be fun, just like when you were little and not ready to leave the games and fun at a friend’s house, but goodbye doesn’t have to be permanent.

This week we listened to a wise pastor share about where all our treasured earthly possessions will end up.  He said no matter how much it’s worth right now to you, one day  your earthly possessions, no matter how much they cost you, will end up in the dump (or a burn barrel, if I am going to quote him accurately).  Does being willing to say goodbye mean we value something less?  Does avoiding saying goodbye make it hurt less?  Maybe, the research says so, or maybe not.  I know that friendships where we can see, touch, and feel are the earthly posessions I will have the most trouble leaving behind, But, either way, scripture is where I find my comfort.

Thankfulness and Prayer- Philippians 1: 3-11

” I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,  for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,  that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

If it helps to know that my brave face doesn’t make the goodbyes any easier to say, then know it’s true.  If it reassures you to know that I’ve cried over leaving you here instead of being able to pack you, and not just your picture, then know it’s true.  We’ve been so blessed to be surrounded with love in North Carolina.  Thank you for being willing to let us say goodbye well, even when it’s hard.  My prayer for you is we all learn to say goodbye well, to keep other believers, those in our daily circle, and community in our prayers; and that we will continue to gain knowledge and discernment for the Lord.

In Christ’s grace,


A Short List

Hi friends.

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not great at keeping up with blogs – I think my thinking has been all backwards, as I’ve put myself into a box of needing to write long posts that express all I’m experiencing… obviously that won’t ever happen…

So I’m going to try this differently – try to update shorter bites more frequently, little bites of life.

It’s almost 10 pm and I’m going running at 6:30 tomorrow (only because I am accountable to friends ><!). To start this new way of blogging, I want to write a short list of some things I am grateful for.

  1. I’m really grateful that it was raining today and I got to walk in it. There hasn’t been a harvest here in half a year and the maize right now is only waist high, pure leaves, right now. Receiving rain is even more of a gift when people are hungry.
  2. I’m grateful that a woman who works at this place I live has a really fat baby named Good Luck – I just love to kiss and hold Good Luck every day and Christine is amazing and kind.
  3. I’m grateful that the Karimojong are direct people. I love that they aren’t offended easily – when I think about it, it’s so much better to get offended than to worry about offending them. I know when someone wants something from me, if they think I’m looking better cause I’m getting fat (haha!), if they want me to stay and eat with them, if they don’t have time to talk or visit, if they don’t want anything to drink, if they want to marry me and why, and I in turn receive the same freedom to be direct with them.
  4. I’m grateful that I got to go to Moroto Prison with Ingrid today – I’m seeing fruit from her labor as well as labor of many others who have been sharing the gospel of Jesus with the women there for the past 2 and a half years – it’s cool and humbling that I get to see that. Karimojong love to jump when they are dancing – I like jumping with those women. Those followers of Jesus in prison are the most joy-filled and glowing Karimojong that I have met in Moroto!
  5. I really missed my family today… the kind of missing where it hurts. I’m really grateful I have a great family worth missing.
  6. I’m grateful for the book of Zechariah – it’s where it’s at!!
  7. I’m grateful cause my sister Cate wrote a song for me and sent it to me today. That means a lot.

Good night!

Ready for Departure

First of all, let me apologize for not posting any news in over 2 months.  So much has happened since mid March, and the time has completely gotten away from me.  I’ll have to be brief in my summation of the events over the past several weeks, but suffice it to say, God has been so good to us.  We placed our house on the market for sale about noon on March 24, and by 7:00 pm that evening we had received a full price offer with an amazingly negotiable closing date!  Then, on March 30th, we received a call from our lawyer asking us if we could be at the courthouse the next morning to complete Bailey’s adoption.  I usually like to plan things in advance, but I was more than happy to rearrange our schedules to accommodate!  So we were thrilled to officially announce on March 31st that our family had grown from 2 to 3 and that Bailey was now legally “stuck with us!”

Throughout April and May, God continued to provide for us as He spoke to people’s hearts and they decided to become prayer partners and financial partners with us.  As missionaries with Africa Inland Mission, we are required to raise financial partnerships (both an outgoing amount and a monthly amount).  Robert and I were both very nervous about this aspect of joining AIM as we have never asked for financial assistance or help from anyone in the past.  Truthfully, we were dreading this part of our journey.  But God in His mercy brought family after family to us as we shared our story with them.  We have not had to ask one single person, with the exception of asking our local church body, to partner with us.  As we told others what God had called us to do, people came forward and said they wanted to partner with us.  Throughout this process, God has shown us that it is truly Him that is preparing the way for this journey, not us.  There is nothing we can do in our own strength.  Hebrews 13:21 says,

“An now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing His will.  May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to Him.  Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with His blood.  To Him be glory forever and ever.  Amen.” 

So we have kept moving forward as God has kept providing for our needs.  We moved out of our home on June 1st, sold our cars, and found homes for our dogs.  We have had the privilege of sharing our story with countless brothers and sisters in Christ and they have been so gracious to lay their hands on us, pray for us, and invite us into their homes to share a meal with them.  We have been blessed beyond measure.  It hasn’t all been easy, but we can say with confidence that God is faithful and that what He has purposed, He is bringing to fruition.

This month, we took our last trip to the Hill Country with our family to float the Comal River and go to Schlitterbahn.  We’ve been saying small goodbyes along the way–both to people and places.  People keep asking if it was difficult to sell our house and our cars and furniture, but honestly, it hasn’t been that bad.  When you get rid of all the stuff, you realize that you really can do without a lot of things.  It also reminds us of the stories we heard in our Perspectives class last fall.  (By the way, if you haven’t taken Perspectives, I highly recommend it.  It’s a class about what God is doing all over the world, and it’s amazing.  Here’s the link if you’re interested. )  Anyway, in that class, we heard stories about men and women who truly sacrificed everything to be obedient to God.  Two young men many years ago heard about a faraway island where the Gospel had not yet been preached.  However, the only way to get to this island was to sell themselves into slavery.  So that’s just what they did.  They said goodbye to family and friends, knowing they would probably never see them again, and then sailed off to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.  And by accounts, they did not feel like they were making a huge sacrifice.  They were being obedient to His call and loving Him and loving others.

So we’re down into the final countdown of weeks instead of months.  We’re going to miss our family and friends like crazy, but we know that God will supply all our needs wherever we go, because ultimately He is all that we need and in Him we are completely satisfied.

Please pray for us during these final weeks.  We have seen our stress manifest itself in ways that aren’t so pretty.  And many times we have become busy in “to-do lists” instead of ensuring we are spending time in the Word and preparing our hearts as much as our bodies.  Thank you for your prayers in advance.  Please let us know if there is any way that we can be praying for you–it would be our privilege.  (

We were challenged by our previous pastor in New Braunfels to pray passionately and specifically, so we would like to ask you to join us in passionate prayer for these specific items:

-that God would give us sweet memories with our family and friends during these last few weeks in the States

-that God would prepare our hearts to be completely gracious with the other missionaries we will be working with, ready and willing to forgive any grievance

-that God would provide us with people in Kenya that will mentor us as well as individuals that we can mentor and share the hope of Christ

-that God would provide Bailey with wonderful, lifelong friends to continue to encourage her in her faith

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him.  Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13

Chaos Coordinator

Somehow this feels appropriate right now. Most of the posts I read with this kind of caption are by moms with toddlers though. In my case it is all about the drama!

I know, I work with teenagers, when isn’t there drama? Although I happen to be referring to the play I’m directing this term. When I agreed to direct the drama this term, I was unaware that I would be teaching two classes of senior English in addition to my three classes of freshman English. I also hadn’t taken into account that all of the people who usually help out with drama would be on home assignment!

All that to say, it is chaos in my life right now: papers to be graded, lessons to prepare, actors to direct, sets to get finished, props to be gathered, costumes to be organized. And in all of that I still have a family to feed and love. Chaos might be a mild term for all that I have going on right now!

So how do I do it? Or maybe a better question is why do I do it? There is great joy in reading a paper where the student has really made changes and it now works. There is great joy in having an actor try a scene or a line in a different way and suddenly the whole scene works. There is great joy in seeing a show come together. There is great joy in the hugs and kisses of my children.

Matt and Daniel hanging out on Easter waiting for the egg hunt.

And I think that about sums it up. There is great joy. There is great joy in being where the Lord wants me right now. There will also be great joy when I finish this season, the show is over and I can catch up on a few other things that have slid.

Lisa and I on Mother’s Day this year.

Would you pray for me, especially this next two weeks? The show is June 23rd and 24th, so we are in intense practice mode right now. I need to be focused, but I don’t want to ignore the rest of my life. I want to be open to the moments and the kids that the Lord brings my way, but we do have a show to perform!

Here’s to the chaos in all our lives!