Living Life Through A Square Picture

Our life here isn’t about living for our status or our square pictures that make life seem so perfect. What if we saw each other how God sees us daily. The messy. The ugly. Life isn’t always beautiful. I guarantee if we saw each other’s mess from time to time our guards would come down and we would laugh because they are just like us. They have bad days and their house is a mess except for the area that they cleaned to show off to the world through a square picture. They may have taken the picture forty times to achieve the perfect shot. Maybe they stood on the countertop or stood upside down to make it perfect. Maybe they updated their status on something that makes you jealous, yet they painted a picture of perfection amongst their pain. It’s so easy to scroll through social media and compare …

Meal Prepping

If you know anything about me I’m an organizer and try to always have all my ducks in a row. My schedule is different than the average person. I don’t work a 8-5 job. Twice a week I work until after 8:00pm and have a 40 minute commute back home and another night of the week I attend a bible study so I normally pack a snack and eat it on my way. My eating habits can be horrible, not to the fact of the junk food that your mind most-likely skipped to but more to the fact of the time of night I eat my dinner or I may have skipped meal because of my schedule at work hadn’t allowed me time to eat. Also, there are days when I throw random items into a lunch box and call it a meal, it’s more like a bunch of things …

Not Every Storm Shows Up In The Forecast

We have bad days here-and-there to remind us of all the good days we should be thankful for. The times when good days go unnoticed until a bad day hits and it feels impossible to get back up.

Yesterday I stumbled upon a Instagram post linked to a blog post. I needed to read this devotional and have my heart hear it. Today I went back and reread it again a few more times.

 

— “Sooner or later we will all have some trouble in life. We all have some trials and some tribulations. Everybody goes through times of testing. And not every storm shows up in the forecast. Some days we can wake up and think everything is going to be great. Before that day is over, we may be tested by all kinds of trouble we were not expecting.

Trouble is part of life, so we simply …

Here’s To Our Next Adventure

It’s a bittersweet moment as I post these photos of our first home. The time has come that we say good bye to South Bend! I have absolutely loved living in the area as it is close to everything you could ever need. But our gas tanks would not agree. The drive has been worth it for this past year as we have been praying where God has wanted us to live. Everything has fallen into place and we are off to a new adventure. And by adventure I mean home ownership. Or should I say putting more of my Pinterest boards to work? I’ve had so much fun decorating and redoing parts of the house to make it ours. Trust me, my husband is such a good sport for all my crafty and artistic-ness. I already have most of the house drawn up and pinned how I would like …

It May Be Tough, But To Them It’s Everything

Over the month that we have been  home from Africa I’ve shared lots of stories! One story that I mostly share is what Ndoto exactly does.

Sponsoring.

We became sponsors for Ronnie when we returned home. He is a second grader that is dreaming of becoming a teacher. He is new to the Ndoto program and still learning english. Seth helped him write his sponsorship letter and we can’t wait to receive it! He almost got in a fight at the retreat because I gave him my left over chicken from lunch and another girl wanted it. Whoops!

In the fall of last year Seth and Zach started the project for Ndoto. I automatically thought Ndoto was the school. You sponsor a child from Ndoto and they teach them. Well that wasn’t the case. It all came together when we went into the slum of Obunga and I got to …

Power in the Name of Jesus

Every time I hear Hillsong’s “Oceans” I automatically get goosebumps and I sing every word as a prayer. This past Sunday was no different at church.

Singing it took me back to Africa. As I sang I pictured all those sweet faces of the friends we were so blessed to meet. Tears filled my eyes as I sang the lines “Sprit lead me where my trust is without borders” “take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and Faith will be made stronger”. Because God did just that. He took me out of my comfort zone and he showed me what it looked like to worship him in another country. Even when I was sick towards the end. We were blessed in the ways they opened their hearts and shared their testimonies. They love my Jesus just like I do. We were half way around the world and they …

Finally at Ndoto

We finally made it to kisumu yesterday after a long five hour bumpy ride! We finally have a spot to keep our bags in one spot, for once. I should say until we leave for the retreats on Monday and Tuesday and Thursday to Saturday.

On Thursday we took our night safari tour and it was a ton of fun! We got to see zebra, giraffe, rhinos- both white and black, female lions, wart hogs, water buffalo, gazelle, and antelope. We also got to see the amazing sunset from high on a mountain. Africa is absolutely beautiful! All three of us had expectations of it being flat and dusty. Just how you see on movies how you’d imagine a safari in the desert. But it’s nothing like that. Our little shack we stayed in Thursday was the coolest place we stayed so far…so if you’re looking for a honeymoon location, …

Africa Safari

Incase you wondered…yes, there were hippos out roaming late last night at our safari resort. We got a knock on our door last night “the hippos are out, come see the hippos”. He also showed us the stick that he uses if he does need to keep them away “I just hit them on the nose”. I had also found a sign in our room that said to keep the windows closed because of the monkeys.

Today is our last full day on the safari. It’s been absolutely beautiful and amazing so far! Definitely uncomfortable and interesting situation at times. We’ve learned to live on Kenya time where everything is “hakuna matata” – no worries! We have also been picking up Swahili a bit too. Our Safari guide has been with us the whole time since picking us up at the airport. His name is Juma. Z has had a …

Right Around The Corner

I can now count on one hand the number of days until we make the 20 hour journey over to Africa.

A year ago I was prepping for a wedding and counting down the days til Seth graduated. We couldn’t wait for July 12. I was also excited about Destin, Florida, and spending time with my family and friends. Little did I know what a year would bring.

This week I’m preparing for Africa. Something I would have never saw coming last year at this time. If you told me this last year I probably would have laughed and said okay, whatever you think! But the truth is the year flew by. A lot can happen in 365 days. Ever wonder what next year will bring? What will your life be like 365 days from now? Hum.

Seth and I are more than blessed than to be given the opportunity …

Two Weeks in Africa

By starting to tell you how completely blessed both Seth and I have been during this processing of preparing for Africa would be an understatement.

Seth and I made our final decision to go to Africa a few weeks ago and ever since I’ve felt God telling me I’ve made the right decision. He has over whelmed us in many ways. But I’m sure I have friends who are tired of me telling the story of how we all got connected to Ndoto. I love having my clients bring it up to me and ask me questions I sometimes have no answer for. But God always asks us to live uncomfortably for Him. I don’t believe any Christian can say they have a comfortable Faith. God asks you to befriend someone you may not want to, or put on your heart to do a good deed, God may also ask …