first year missionary

The First Year {Girls}

by Laura on April 1, 2011

As I continue with my short-series looking back over our first year here in SE Asia, I can not escape the impact the people of this place have had on my own heart. I remember our first awkward evening with the girls and staff at Breanna’s House of Joy, and I remember the first time […]




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The First Year {Initial Days}

by Laura on March 30, 2011

The First Year {Initial Days}

We Crappy Missionaries are coming up on our one-year anniversary of moving overseas. Yup, it’s been an entire year, already. And in an effort to personally process the past 12 months, I’ll be re-posting some of my favorite articles {or portions of them} from this last year during the next few days.  For those of […]




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The Guy in the Orange Shirt

by Laura on February 17, 2011

The following post is my final writing for the IdeaCamp Conference on Orphan Care which is happening next weekend in Arkansas.  If you will be attending, I pray the following encourages your discussions while there.  If you’re not planning to go, I hope the following inspires you to embrace whatever shape service and love happen […]




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Confession of a First-Year Missionary

by Laura on February 17, 2011

Confession of a First-Year Missionary

Just in case you would prefer listening to reading, here’s a vlog I did while I was processing the Guy in the Orange Shirt post (above).  Essentially, the same “confession,” just spoken outside a coffeeshop . . . Thanks for your grace as you’ve journeyed through this first year overseas right with me– mess and […]




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If you have struggled or are struggling with depression {or discouragement}, I hope this post will be helpful, though it’s an admittedly longer one than usual.  Please understand that I speak not as an expert of any kind, but merely as one who’s tasted the weighty dark depression/discouragement which can bring. And while I talk […]




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Angry Missionary @ {In}courage

by Laura on January 21, 2011

Six months ago, I threw my daughter’s bike across the front yard.  Literally. It was most definitely not one of the better moments of my missionary-ish career here, thus far. But I wrote about it anyway. And today you can read the story {about dreams and culture shock} by clicking over to — {In}Courage {Angry Missionary}.




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. . . the missionary family should say “thank you” on Missions Sunday. Here’s our family doing just that for the church that has become our main avenue of support, Woodland Park Community. Click on the photo below to view the 2 minute video, and try not to be too amused with how difficult it […]




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Kept All Along

by Laura on January 14, 2011

Kept All Along

Do you remember when I wrote about a promise given under aspen trees last year?  It was a promise for Joy to Come, even on foreign soil, 8,500 miles from the Colorado sky I so loved. And if you’ve followed here for any amount of time, you’ll know it’s been a long ten months.  If […]




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Plan B

by Laura on January 11, 2011

Plan B

The older I get, the more I realize that life seldom goes “according to plan.”  Whether it be our children or marriages, our jobs or finances, the journey can throw unsuspecting curveballs, unplanned valleys and fog-filled twists.  I reckon that’s just part of life– and the very necessary letting-go that comes with it.  Maybe you […]




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And They Came

by Laura on January 7, 2011

And They Came

You never appreciate something until it’s gone. The grass is greener over there, always.  The wife will forgive and forget, again.  The parent has the 20 bucks to give, every time.  The family will get together for the next birthday, anyway. And we take for granted the very best things that are right in our […]




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The Best of Latitude 18 {2010}

by Laura on January 2, 2011

ava reaching water

The hubs is a cool dude on so many levels.  One of his secret-ninja skillz is in taking uh-mazing pictures. Here are a few of my personal favorites from this last year.  And if a pictures is worth a thousand words, well, maybe Matt should become the blogger in the family, after all. As you […]




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