What to Do With Only 6 Hours in Guernsey

Doubtless you may have heard of the little self-governing island of Guernsey in the English Channel from the film, but I assure you that the real thing far surpasses it. We docked at Saint Peter’s Port, our first stop on the British Isles cruise last May. It was one of our briefest stops, but it’s…

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London, England | What Dreams are Made Of

There’s a place that I have longed to go since I was a young child. Somehow, it seemed a magical world to me, full of wonder and possibility. It was where some truly great minds taught me to love the fantastic and fantasize of escaping a world of sorrow and trouble–minds such as C.S. Lewis,…

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Our Adoption Timeline

It still feels like it’s 2018 to me, but somehow we’re almost halfway through 2019?? The past year has been insanely hectic (as evidenced by the severe lack of posting on this blog..). We’ve been kept quite busy by our adoption journey, but it seems only right to finally share a quick update now. In…

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Endora + Mark | A Love Full of Laughter

There are certain people one meets in a lifetime with whom one could embark on great, unknown adventures. My dear Endora is one such friend. She is my complete opposite–her warm, bubbly personality the foil to my cold, aloof one. Others may even wonder how we’ve managed to keep our friendship for these twelve years,…

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Aspen, Colorado | Home is Where the Heart Is

Every time I visit Colorado, my heart aches with longing to remain among the familiar trees and mountains that touch me so. It had been three years since we last went, but as soon as my feet touched the beloved soil, I felt as though I had come home from weary journeys. My soul sighed with…

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Tiffanie + Jerry | Romance at Scripps Pier

Tiffanie and I celebrate twenty years of friendship this year. We first bonded over a mutual love of singing in a local children’s choir, and saw each other through all the awkward childhood transitions, into adulthood. I like to think that we’re wiser and more mature now, but sometimes when we’re together, our obnoxious silliness…

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Looking to the Great Unknown

It is, perhaps, a bit silly to write on and share our third anniversary photos when the fourth will be upon us in just two months time. However, I suppose this will be more of a reflection on the direction our family has decided to take. The past year has contained so many drastic changes…

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Baby Hannah | The Miracle of Life

Precious Hannah was born to Jesse and Erica, and already she is the object of love and devotion from countless people. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but from the moment of her birth, Hannah will be surrounded by several villages, full of people who are eager to nurture and spoil…

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When the Orphan Crisis Became More Than a Number

There are 153 million orphans in the world. I have heard this number numerous times in the past. It showed up sometimes on my Facebook feed, often followed by some heartfelt plea for more workers in the field. It was preached from the pulpit, demanding recognition, shouting with urgency. “Think of it: 153 million children…

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Jeanette | Backyard Exploration

I watched this young lady grow from a squalling newborn into her teenage years. Looking at her now, I wonder where all the time went. As cliche as it may sound, it feels like only yesterday when she would trail after me, a tottering three-year-old, or an eight-year-old blurting out life truths far beyond her…

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