31 July 2015


Reeves was also know for his honesty, dogged persistence, and unswerving devotion to duty and the law. He always got his man; having arrested 3,000 criminals, he only oncefailed to nab the man he was after. He never shot a man when it wasn’t necessary and they hadn’t aimed to kill him first. And he never changed his policies or treatment of folks on the basis of race, ethnicity, or even familial ties; all were equal under the law. Not only did Reeves arrest the minister who baptized him, he also arrested his own son after the young man murdered his wife in a fit of jealously. None of the other marshals wanted the latter assignment, but Reeves simply strode into the Chief Deputy Marshal’s office and said, “Give me the writ.” Two weeks later, he brought in his son to be booked.
Oh, and he had an awesome mustache.
The things you learn visiting new places...


“It is a happy talent to know how to play.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

30 July 2015


Play. Love. Laugh.
Not a bad summer theme...


"I worked on my weaknesses and made them my strengths." 
Sydney Leroux


"Is there a single person on whom I can press belief?
No sir.
All I can do is say, Here’s how it went. Here’s what I saw.
I’ve been there and am going back.
Make of it what you will."


Everyone around the table can create quite a hullabaloo. (and we thought that 5 toddlers were loud!)


It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives."
- Romans 1:16-17 (The Message)

29 July 2015


The ladies in the kitchen transcend culture and place, and I smile thinking about those far away but always dear.


So I begin by acknowledging, yet again, that you are God, and I am not. I don’t want my main goal, these next few days, just to be getting a bunch of stuff done. I want my faith in Jesus to express itself in love, to everybody involved. I’ve asked it before, and I’ll ask again, Father, keep my to-love list more important to me than my to-do list. You, who will be honored by every nation and throughout the world, be honored in my heart, home, and responsibilities.


The days are long and our joy is full.


Listos para la escuelita biblica!


window shopping


Leaving is the hardest part.
This time, it REALLY was the hardest part!

18 July 2015


QuinceaƱera musical chairs madness! 

17 July 2015


and then we sat for a bit.

16 July 2015


Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.

- Isaiah 40:28-29 (ESV)

thankful for early morning quiet, breakfast tacos, "the closer you get...," ordinary grace, homemade flautas and salsa, surprise calls and text, laughing at dinner, "the beauty of the Gospel," prayer, sweet endings to full days.

15 July 2015


peach cobbler.
just because.