The unpracticed art of “being”

I think people easily forget that we are human-BEINGS. With the pace of people’s lives I see all-around me, I would naturally think we are┬áhuman-DOINGS. The other day I was getting my hair… Continue reading

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Acceptance and Love.

A friend of mine died last month. Jeanne and I spent many hours with him, sitting on our porch drinking coffee and engaging in stimulating conversation. He was an intelligent, yet unkempt man… Continue reading

Learning beautiful simplicity

(This is my journal entry from March 29, 2013) When something comes to your attention, ask me whether or not it is part of today’s agenda. If it isn’t, release it into my… Continue reading

Give yourself space.

A few months ago I was scrubbing my white hand towels on a washboard outside in the sunshine. (Cause ya’ know sometimes the washing machine just doesn’t cut it:) This is the kind… Continue reading

Day 10 of Jumping

We are less than 6.5 hours drive from my mama’s new life and home in JAX! Today we had the shortest driving day since we left 10 days ago from Seattle, WA. First… Continue reading

Day 9 of Jumping

We are definitely on the home stretch now people! And boy are we ready for some home cooked food and relief from living out of a suitcase:) We drove 400+ miles today and… Continue reading

Day 8 of Jumping

Deep in the heart of TEXAS!! REMEMBER THE ALAMO! Do you know the history of The Alamo? We learned a little about it today as we made a stop there traveling through San… Continue reading

Day 7 of Jumping

Check out our first 6 posts, starting here! Today was our new longest day: 546 miles. From Las Cruces, New Mexico to Kerrville, Texas. It was a stunning day in the beautiful sunshine!… Continue reading

Day 6 of Jumping

In case you are just joining us on this stream of “Jumping” posts, you can go here to read from the beginning and catch up! Today, my mama and I got a late… Continue reading

Day 5 of Jumping

Jill here: Our longest day yet! 520 miles. From Bakersfield, California to Phoenix, Arizona. Sunshine all the way and no traffic! I did a lot of driving today, which was fine by me… Continue reading

Day 4 of Jumping

Another post from my mama! Jumping today was not jumping. It was more like cruising. We were cruising down the freeway before dawn. It was beautiful. And then, there was traffic. Yes, there… Continue reading

Day 3 of Jumping

Today was a stunning day! Drove from Eureka to Santa Rosa, California on Highway 101. I thought we would make it further, but seeing that we took the scenic route again, it took… Continue reading

Day 2 of Jumping

Here is my mama writing this post: Moving to FL has been on my heart for almost 2 years. I had many doubts. Wondered how it would work. As I waited on God,… Continue reading

Dream. Wait. Hope. Jump.

I haven’t written on here for over 5 months and I have no reason other than I just wasn’t compelled to write anything and I didn’t want to force it. So, with that… Continue reading

Vacation like a philanthropist

Last week, I woke up at 5:30 one morning. I made a French Press for me and my roommate and then I climbed back on my bed and wrote in my journal for… Continue reading

Guest Post: School Daze

I often ponder what the everyday reality is for the children here on the island of Utila. I know firsthand that many of them go to school hungry and don’t have any food… Continue reading

The Library Oasis

We were at the school today compiling the list for our lunch sponsor program for 2013. Kendy (the English teacher) and I went around to each teacher, grades 0-9, asking for their observations… Continue reading

Timing is Everything. Especially God’s Timing.

In September of 2009, I went out to my dad’s to spend some quality time alone and with God. My dad and step-mom live on a beautiful farm in Arlington and I knew… Continue reading

Feature Blog Post: Jeanne in Utila

Quite often I can’t seem to find the words to describe what it is like living on the island of Utila and working with the poorest children and their families. The facts of… Continue reading

Island airport tarmac = Dog park

When you live on a small island (8 miles long by 3 miles wide) you have to get creative with daily life functions…like exercising your dog. I was dog-sitting for some dear friends… Continue reading