Last year we had tacky plastic, but this year we went all grab-bag-surprise for our Christmas tree. We had gotten the kids all pumped-up about a whole Saturday last month to do the traditional Christmas decorating, post-Turkey-Day. We were going to set out into the Colorado forest and hack down our own tree, since three […]


So, we’ve been back in the States now for 5 months, and we’re still living on full financial support– which we did while living overseas, but somehow seems harder now that we’re back in the ol’ U.S. of A. (Notice our latest “prayer card family picture” above. Cool, but not as cool as the one […]



by Laura on December 4, 2012

My friend had a marketing guru say to him once that if you get to the end of the month and you haven’t failed at something, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. And I appreciate this sentiment. And think there’s validity in it. Because humanity’s natural tendency it towards fear. We think about the might-be’s […]


A Doormat and Teaching Your Kids to Hit

by Laura on November 25, 2012

I always grew up with the idea that if somebody hit you, you took it. You “turned the other cheek” like a good Christian girl, and you never hit back. And so I remember being fairly indignant when I read John Eldredge’s Wild at Heart in my early-twenties. In his book on the masculine heart, […]



by Laura on November 21, 2012

I haven’t written in a while because I haven’t been able to think-up anything dramatic. I’ve been looking for some tear-jerker moment, some exotic story from my current life, and I keep coming up empty. I’ve been listening and half-writing this-or-that in my head, but I get through the first paragraph, and I can feel […]


Fans in the Stands

by Laura on November 9, 2012

I am re-learning community in new ways here in Colorado. I’m intersecting with people I remember were around when I had my babies and when we didn’t have a car. I’m gathering around a fire pit with coffee and wine with friends who know our story, even the crappy parts of it. And I’m emergency-texting […]


The Gospel of the Brothel

by Laura on November 1, 2012

My husband has been into over 300 bars and brothels in SE Asia looking for victims of sexual exploitation, and the strange thing is, he’s  re-learned the Gospel more powerfully in that setting than anything he’s ever experienced in a church building. Funny that he would find Jesus in a strip club.  But he did, […]


When He Gets Steak, and You Get a PB & J

by Laura on October 25, 2012

I admit sometimes my eyes get a little green when it comes to what my husband gets to do and what I have to do (as if it’s not obvious from the verb choices there), but it’s always been like this. I remember when I was a mom with toddlers and babies, staying home most […]


We were sitting around a campfire the other night when the conversation turned to parenting. And a lady who I continue to admire shamelessly, one of those wiser souls whose weathered teenagers and not just preschoolers, said this statement, “The tools of a fearful parent are shame and control.”  Hmmm. And then two minutes later, […]


The Glory of the Grove

by Laura on September 17, 2012

We live in the mountains of Colorado now, and our surroundings are worlds away, literally, from the jungles of SouthEast Asia. The leaves are changing a bright yellow, and I must admit we walk around pointing and exhaling in the forest like we are some country bumpkins at the Taj Mahal. It’s our first fall […]


Jesus and the Buttheads

by Laura on September 12, 2012

So with the shift from homeschooling to public school, family devotions have been challenging to fit in, I’ll admit. We tried getting everyone up early to have some “thoughts for the day” before school, but that would mean waking children up at five-something, which seems just sacrilegious in the first place. We’ve opted, instead, to […]