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How I see my girls vs. reality.
1 day of school with my junior, freshman, and 6th grader.
I’m a mess, but they are doing amazingly well! ♥️ The first photo was from today 8 years ago. We sure loved our homeschooling adventure years!
Well done, Bloomington Farmers! You made some good lemonade out of those lemons you were handed this week! 🍋You pulled together and the community out was there to meet and support you!! If you missed it the farmers market this week, it moved to the lot behind Bloomingfoods East. They will be there again next Saturday while the city gets its act together on tolerance and racism issues.
Don’t forget about the Smithville Farmers market from 8-12 & Unionville can visit @t7ranch
!! #community #weloveourfarmers #buylocal
At about age 9, my dad started taking me on annual trips to see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Chicago Cubs. This tradition lasted into my 30’s.
When he passed away in the spring I knew a trip to Busch Stadium would be important for my heart. Waves of emotion came all night as the first pitch was thrown, the double play made, buying our personalized bat, the 7th inning stretch, and, most of all, the photo by Stan the Man Musial. I have so many photos through the years of me and my dad standing in front of that statue at the old stadium. 🏟
Baseball was something he did really well. Those trips meant everything to me. This trip has meant the world to me. Not only to remember the good in my dad, but even more, to share it with my family.
This night is one for the memory book. ⚾️♥️ #playball #baseball #cardinals
We’re here!!!!! ♥️⚾️♥️ We showed the girls our brick! Home plate entrance, section C. ♥️ One of my favorite places in the entire world! ⚾️♥️ Thanks Dad, for giving me a real love of the game. ⚾️ #memorialtrip #gocards #beatthecubs #cubssuck
Oh man, someone got to tour their new school today and just like that, 16 years of homeschooling is finished. What an absolute joy it has been to be home with my girls.
I’m confident that the time is right and Ella is excited about it, but I’m still sad. It’s all good, but it’s still hard. I’m going to miss having all the time with her.
So, we turn another page and put the next foot forward. All while being so so grateful for all the days/years we had together learning and adventuring.
#changeishard #godisfaithful #trustandobey
Peru 🇵🇪: Highlight reel.
What an amazing experience. A true trip of a lifetime. I’m so grateful that I got to do this trip with Lauren. These memories will last forever. Thanks to all who helped get us there. I believe our work in Perú was timely and lasting. ♥️
The distance between us.
The distance between us is not equal.
The miles do not equate
We have come to bring life,
but see the death of your opportunity
We think we know hard work
We work for comfort. You work to see your child live another day. Our possessions are the burden we carry. Your burden is heavy causing your shoulders to reach forward towards the needs of all around you. Basics: food, clothing, craft.
Flat is your expression, but a glimmer of joy still remains in your eyes.
There is something you know that I don’t know. In your slums, the smile is a gift that you don’t always give away.
My daughter smiles at your daughter from a place of abundance. Yours hopes her presence will bring more sales for your goods; setting you apart from the other women. Something my child has never endured.
I have crossed the ocean to be with you
But the chance of you reciprocating is absent. I carry Hope in this earthen vessel. You feel it and take it in. But as we look into each other’s eyes we understand that this will be brief and incomplete.
I hold out some coins, dividing by 3. My dollar goes far and your soles find you shorter than your stature. I walk towards you and you remain. I walk away and you remain still because
The distance between us is not equal
Amazing Human Alert: Roberto was one of the biggest gifts from God during our time in Perú. He was our driver for 10 days, but quickly became part of our team. He spoke better English than anyone we met and wasn’t shy in telling me to “Listen”! 😂
A spent most of those days interigating Roberto to find out as much about Peruvian culture as I could. “Roberto, Why are there no lanes on the roads?” “Roberto, How many dogs live in Perú?” “Roberto!” “Roberto!” “Roberto!” I was allowed endless questions every day.
He loves Jesus and served alongside of us; even though this was not his duty. He translated for us. He shopped for things we needed for ministry and even for ourselves. He had great timing with his jokes and made us all laugh with his laugh. He watched over us. He walked the streets with me to keep me safe while taking photos of poverty areas. He brought his beautiful wife, who’s pregnant with their first baby boy, to meet all of us after a long day of work. The list could go on and on.
He was our friend that felt like family.
If you’re ever in Trujillo, this is the guy you want driving you around!
Thank you for teaching us so much about your people, Roberto. You’re the best ! 🇵🇪
After the ruins, we went out for lunch. Food is crazy cheap in Perú. Lunch is their culture’s big meal. Most of the team had the Monday soup, but my soul foodie, Marianna, and I always got ceviche when it was available! 🐟🇵🇪🐠