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Comprehending the Unimaginable

As I ran a few days ago, the boys sat in our double jogger and played grocery store. They were buying all sorts of things from each other: ice cream, soup, beans... and then Tyler asked to buy a cup of pee. This caused both of them to laugh hysterically and then repeat the request over and over to the tune of more laughing. I love their little games, even though five years into motherhood I still don't understand why just mentioning the word pee is cause for hysterical laughter. As I ran on to the music of my children's laughter, my mind drifted back to a conversation I had recently with a friend on the topic of urine.......


There is an awesome organization called Charity Water (check it out, it will change your life http://www.charitywater.com/) that is working to give everyone in the world clean water to drink, one well at a time. I had just finished watching one of their videos of a community in Tigray, Ethiopia, when my wonderful Ethiopian friend (Saba) called to catch up. …

A journey of faith

Here is a recent article from the INSPIRE, a magazine form the university where Kevin and I attended. www.cedarville.edu It is a beautiful story of a young woman from Kenya and God's amazing faithfulness. I couldn't stop reading it and wanted to share it with others. Wouldn't it be incredible if we could provide this opportunity to more young women from Africa...it would change nations.



16 SUMMER 2009
A Journey of Faith by Mercie Moluche ’12, as told to Sharyn Kopf

As she moved from a village in Kenyato a college in America, Mercie cameto recognize God’s ever-faithful presence.CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY 17Some days it’s hard to believe that I’m in Americaand at Cedarville. It’s been a long, difficult journey, but Iknow there’s a reason God brought me here.My story begins in a small village in Kenya, where Igrew up on a farm with many siblings. My mom alone hadeight children, and my dad had two other wives besides her.In my family, my mother was the only member whowas a Christ…

Pondering the Good Samaritan

In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells the infamous story of "The Good Samaritan". As a Jewish man lay beaten and dying on the side of the road, three different men pass along the same road and see this man in need. Each one was on a journey. They all had plans, a purpose to be walking down that path. Then they see someone in need. The first two turn their face, cross the street and walk on by "passing on the other side." The "religious" men just kept on going, continuing on with their business for the day. My boys have a great book that tells this story for children. I love how the author describes the feelings behind what is happening.

"The priest was busy praying, his eyes were both shut tight. But one eye chanced to open and saw the sorry sight. 'Oh, what a shame!' the priest observed; 'I cannot stop today, or I"ll be late for service. I must be on my way! I'm sure that someone will come soon, so I'll just let h…

To the middle of Nowhere....

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The boys and I hit the road this past week and took a 7 hour trip through the hills to West Virginia to visit the Moles family, our friends from college days. It was an incredible trip for all of us. I had been warned by many that the drive down 81 would be long and boring. However, it was a gorgeous day and the tree covered mountains were beautiful. The lush green actually took my mind back to the days of Kevin and I driving all over Hawaii. The boys were equally impressed with the view. At one point they both had fallen asleep and gave me some quiet time to pray. My thoughts were eventually interrupted by Kody's voice from the back seat, "Mommy, we are in the middle of no where...I can't see any houses!"
Our friends have two boys of their own and they all immediately hit it off. Kody thought they were destined to be BFFs because they had the same pirate ship that we have at our house. It doesn't take much at age 5. I love the simplicity of relationships at that …