FREE 21 Day Writing Challenge Coming Soon!!!

My Fledgling Blog

When I think of my blog as a little fledgling puffin, in need of me to feed it content, then I feel that responsibility start to weigh on me. The thing is I love to write. Typing is one of the most calming things I can do in my life. I love to just sit here and type these words. It is so amazingly something I love. The thing is I also love spending time with my kids, perfecting Excel sheets, budgeting (okā€”love might be too strong a word there), and my time does not lend itself to writing. In each season of life I have to fight for the alone time and the quiet to type or keep a journal.

The amount of sleep I get also has a huge effect on whether or not I have the mental capacity to write something worth posting. The internet does not need exhausted Annie mumbling about whatever crosses my mind at those times.

However, the fact remains that this blog helps me as much as it provides a connection between me and those people who read and follow and subscribe. I need to write, to process, to share with others who are struggling with similar things or experiencing joys and life that we are not alone, even in times of sleeplessness. We can share the journey

New Year’s Resolutions Start Here

In my months of being absent from the blogging community, I have felt it as a loss. And with November being my month to make New Year Resolutions, I decided to start with this one. My first resolution of the year is that I will be doing a 21 Day Writing Challenge.

I will be starting December 15th! Being in America is sure to bring its share of culture shock and challenges and scheduling difficulties, and I need to find alone time in all that craziness, and what better way to keep myself accountable than to do a challenge during my time in America!

We get to America December 12th, so I will give myself a brief time to adjust, but then I am starting! Would you like to Join me?

Join our 21 Day Writing Challenge Community!

If you have been wanting to start a blog, or you still have a Christmas Letter to write to friends and family, or you just want to get better at reflecting on your life for prayer or journaling purposes, this is the challenge for you! Please join me in this FREE 21 Day Writing Challenge!

I will be completing a blog post each and every day of the 21 day challenge as well as sharing about the process! I hope this will help some of you as well as myself see the reasons my blog posts stay in my notebook sometimes and other pitfalls that keep me from even starting. We will be seeking Discipline and Community! If you Join you will be emailed each of the FREE 21 Prompts straight to your inbox each day of the challenge beginning December 15th, and taking us through Christmas and New Year’s to January 4th.


The Countdown Has Begun!!!

The countdown has begun!!!

In less than a month we will be on a plane heading back to America for a month. This trip will allow us to see our family for the first time in over a year! November marks the one year date, that’s over 365 days, of being outside of the States consecutively. From this point on we can actually call ourselves expats, and Louis can only be back in the States for 35 days each year. It has been crazy trying to plan for this trip, the surgery, Christmas, new taxes, while still keeping our head in the game here. We are in the middle of hosting 4 different vision trips this month!

Working Hard as a Stay at Home Mom / Husband’s Personal Assistant

As I have learned new and better ways to be a true support to Louis, I have been getting more involved in the administrative and human resources side of the job here. We have intern follow up that is turning into new staff hires! We have so many ongoing communications with people who had a vision trip and want to stay involved and send teams. We have teams coming. Just when I think we will have a break to catch up on communications, I get a flurry of activity in cyberspace, at the guest houses we manage, or in our own utilities (rather, the lack of utilities).

Kyrie’s Surgery

We posted our dates for each Tucson and Mesa on Kyrie’s surgery fundraising page, and I pray and hope that you all will head on over to that page so you can help give toward her surgery or toward keeping us fed in America. Of course our families will be feeding us, too, but we are planning on not going out on our own budget except for one or two dates. We are hoping to save the money, and giving toward meals, or making a freezer meal for us and our families would be a great help. We are about 50% done with raising and saving the money for Kyrie’s surgery. We have to pay out of pocket anything not donated by her surgery date, December 28th. Please continue to share on facebook and other social media sites, tell people, share with your church, any way you can help us out, please do.

Just Start

They say if you have writer’s block, just start writing. That’s what I hope to do with this short blog post. After 3 months of no posts on our blog, I feel a sort of writer’s block. I want to tell you that we are going to start posting more often, but Louis has been working so hard, and the time he used to have at the office to write the blog posts about the ministry portion has been taken up by so many visitors. Please pray for a new habit to be formed so we can keep communication with you stronger. With this post, I hope that I can remind you all we do exist. We are working hard to bring people to Christ, disciple the nations, raise our children to love Jesus Christ, and help Westerners learn how to engage with people all over the world. This post isn’t perfect, it wasn’t edited, and I didn’t get the chance to upload pictures, but I wanted to just start the blog again. Thank you to everyone who emails us after a long pause to check on us. Thank you to everyone continuing to pray without ceasing regardless of whether we send an update. Thank you for your love and grace as we do this missionary parenting thing for the very first time. You are all amazing, and we want to reconnect with every one of you, so feel free to reply.