We’ve got our totes packed (we’re up to 7 totes+ a suitcase + a guitar) and our carry-ons ready to go. As we were packing, specifically for our next stop–a two week stay in Indiana for training–I noticed my tendency to pack more than I normally would. In addition to clothes, Kindle’s, and computers, we’re… Read More A Series of Temporary Homes
She said, “If I die, you don’t have to come back for the funeral.” I looked at her, surprised, and then quickly back to the 401. We were driving west, somewhere in Ontario. “I know people might expect you to, and it might mean you’ll grieve differently, but I don’t need you to come back,”… Read More A Candid Conversation with My Mom
We had a garage sale two weekends ago. We sold so much stuff. The stuff that didn’t sell will be delivered to a charity this week. We gave our beds to my brother last weekend and someone is picking up our couch today. So, as of today, the only furniture we’ll have in the house… Read More Selling All The Things
We’re going to become unintentional minimalists for a little while. We will be moving out of our home on June 10 and then wandering around the US & Canada as we participate in training and final partnership development. During these two months we plan to primarily live out of our carry-on bags. So we’ll have… Read More Totes
I heard these words on this podcast and my soul said, “Yes!” It makes sense that my emotional resiliency is so low today, that I’m so tired. This isn’t weakness, it’s a reasonable response to my circumstances. Today, I am exhausted because this is exhausting. I’m preparing to leave my job in a week… Read More I’m exhausted…because this is exhausting.
Monday, April 23: 100 days until we hope to move to Mongolia. Are we freaking out about this date? Yes, yes we are. It’s so close and there is so much left to do! And our ability to leave 100 days from April 23 is dependent on being fully-funded (we are currently at 74%). So… Read More Counting Down
I preached last Sunday at All Shores (our home and sending church) about the parable of the bags of gold with a brief side step to Genesis 3. If you want to watch, you can check it out here: Stop Hiding Sermon (All Shores 4/8/18)
If I had been a boy, my parents would have named me Caleb. My older brother’s name is Joshua; they would have named us Joshua & Caleb, like in the Bible. I was a girl so, instead of naming me Caleb,I was named Jennifer after my great-grandmother. Joshua and Caleb were 2 of the of… Read More The 10 or the 2
This morning I read Exodus 17:3-7. It’s the story of how, while journeying in the wilderness, the Israelites grumbled, and quarreled, and tested the Lord. They were thirsty and he wasn’t providing the water quickly enough so they got angry, and scared, and whined and yelled, and accused Moses (and God) of leading them into… Read More Rocks & Water
It turns out I’m more of a glass half-empty than glass half-full kind of person. I am constantly striving to improve. Seeing the gap between what is and what could be is often an important part of the improvement process and I’m really good at that part. Most of the time this drive to make… Read More Celebrating!
I’m not very domestic but I was watching this video of Mongolians cooking traditional food and I noticed they were making their own pasta from scratch. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make pasta and I decided Saturday night after a long day selling bath bombs at the winter market and before I had… Read More Making Pasta from Scratch
One of the questions we’re frequently asked is, “where will you live?” Well, I took a video of the apartment. It’s a Khrushchyovka style apartment that you’ll find all over Soviet influenced countries.