• Double digits for everyone

    One of the strange things about having this blog chronicle our lives for as long as it has – is there’s a post from when Alma was born! This one has been kind…

  • {end scene}

    For those of you who don’t get our family newsletter – just wanted to share the news that we are moving in less than a month. If you don’t get the newsletters, and…

  • twenty-five

    To many of you, I’m sure today is the day you commemorate Vincent Van Gogh shooting himself (a few days before he would finally die) or you’re busy today reflecting on the Isolation…

  • full of thanks for July 16

    The fact that Susan’s birthday falls merely two days after mine has been interesting. We often get ‘combined’ birthday parties. The fact that she is an amazing cook, and fantastic baker means that…

  • forty-seven

    This day last year I realized I actually made it to 46, I was alive for my birthday, which for the first time in my life was something I accepted was not a…

  • Three out of four ain’t bad

    The grammar may be horrific, but the sentiment is true – having 3 of our 4 kids home again feels pretty good. Yesterday I drove down to Bujumbura to pick up Matea and…

  • And there he goes…

    There are seasons to life. This spring we happen to be in one where the middle two kids go back to Kenya, then shortly after that our oldest headed to Canada for a…

  • Burundian bikers

    I always told Jonah he should shoot a documentary on the cyclists that transport bananas, charcoal, people, animals and so much more up and down these hills… Well–someone else did. This documentary give…

  • And there they go…

    The day two of our kids were supposed to be flying to Kenya to return to school we were still unsure what would happen. Kenya was in the midst of a COVID spike…

  • Teza Trails

    The day before the kids flew back to RVA we had the chance as a family to do a great run/walk/hike up in the tea fields of Burundi. It’s a beautiful area, with…

  • The in-between time

    Today is the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Between death and resurrection. Between defeat and victory. Every year this day resonates with me a bit more. I think perhaps more and…

  • Betrayal – take Two

    One year ago, we were sitting here in this same place. The same physical space, our home here in Kibuye. The same chronological space, most of the way through holy week. Mentally, emotionally…

  • Six Years.

    Six years ago today our family landed in Bujumbura for the first time. We packed up our 13 bags in Edmonton, and about a day and a half later walked down to the…

  • Matea is 17

    Seriously – our second child is 17! If I didn’t know us – I’d think we were old. But…I do….and we’re not. So let’s move on. She’s had some eventful birthdays – birthdays…

  • What I’m giving up for lent

    Yesterday was the day many traditions in the Christian faith refer to as Ash Wednesday. It’s the beginning of the period of Lent leads up to Easter. (Also the day before Shrove Thursday…

  • yup – that’s what we did

    It feels like there are frequently times in our lives here where we have to stop and almost double-check if something just happened There is the more surreal: “Did we just drive across…

  • Signs of COVID

    For almost a year various health agencies around the world have struggled to communicate to the public at large, what needs to be done to help reduce the spread of this virus. Of…

  • Team blog updates

    if you don’t regularly read our team blog – — you should. There’s a couple recent posts I wanted to point to Our friend/neighbor/teammate Jess just wrote on the harsh realities of sending…

  • Now for something different

    For a LOT of years now I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and reading, and writing on one topic. Early mornings before others get up is usually when I’m sitting at my…

  • Joy?

    To THIS world? The other day I was listening to something Scotty Smith said – about the ‘weary world rejoicing” in O Holy Night. There is some real truth in there, particularly relevant…