This was the Dyula [joo-lah] word I heard more often than any other during the month I spent in Burkina-Faso, West Africa in 2011. On the women’s service trip that I participated in, serving widows and teaching them a trade by which to provide for themselves and thereby avoid falling into prostitution, my biggest take Read More →

Around this time each year I find myself especially nostalgic, particularly missing my beloved Great Grandma Schafer. Whether peeling a fresh pear, smiling at the colorful array of fruity Crush soda at the grocery store, or discovering a flower in my garden bed that “came up volunteer“… she’s with me. For generations, my paternal family birthed their children young, Read More →

Legacy of an Adopted Child (author unknown) Once there were two women Who never knew each other. One you only remember, The other you call Mother. Two different lives Shaped to make yours one: One became your guiding star, The other became your sun. The first gave you life And the second taught you to Read More →

In my twelve years as wife to an introverted husband, there is one fundamental truth that I have learned… one of the best gifts I can give my Man is time away from me. I admit it, living with three [loud, extroverted, energetic, high-maintenance] women is not for the faint of heart. And pretty soon there Read More →

Our first-born is turning 8 this month. Eight. No longer a Little Girl… she is, more aptly, a Young Lady. I can readily recall my own eighth year: Tired of stick-on earrings strewn about the house, my parents finally obliged my request for pierced ears. I mastered cursive writing and memorized times tables. My aunt Read More →

I do. I love our neighbors. I don’t believe in luck, but we seriously hit the neighbor jackpot when we moved into our new house in Bozeman. It’s almost “as if” it was providential. (It totally was.) It wasn’t more than 20 minutes after we pulled our moving and mini vans into the driveway last August Read More →

Guess what happened this week: We completed our dossier paperwork. This warrants a moment of silence. ………………….. Thank you for rejoicing with us. Can you hear our sighs of relief? We are still waiting for some paperwork to arrive before we actually send it off, but OUR work is DONE. (Picture me doing the Roger Rabbit Read More →