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I feel all-apologies on this space of late. Let’s be honest, ever since we moved back to the United States my personal blogging platform has taken a hit. And while I do think it will pick back up eventually, for now, I am finding a new stride in pouring my words and social media nearly-ninja-skillz  […]




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My New Favorite 24 Rocks {#FreedomRocks}

by Laura on March 14, 2013

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Our family went rock collecting the other day. We drove to the local sand and gravel place and unloaded the kids in front of the river rock pile. And then we started picking up rocks– flat ones, red ones, oddly shaped-ones. It was Colorado-cold and our fingers started to hurt, but we dug and selected […]




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In Which I Sing Opera

by Laura on March 7, 2013

Okay, well, I don’t really sing opera in this vlog, but the automatically-chosen thumbnail looks like I do, and even though I could change it, why would you change a still shot of yourself all open-mouthed-opera-like? In other news, I am trying to re-organize our personal family newsletters because honestly managing a mailing list via […]




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Kid President

by Laura on January 29, 2013

This. Is. Awesome. Happy Tuesday, ya’ll. (Subscribers, click through to see the video of one of the cutest kids ever— other than yours or mine, of course.)




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A quick mid-week devotional vlog to remind myself to Stay. Awake. Here’s a short video of me, then a short clip from the movie The Matrix, which I talk about in the vlog. (Subscribers will need to click through to the site to view the videos.)  **** So, how about you? Feeling sleepy about anything […]




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Two Projects

by Laura on November 15, 2012

I know, that is the most boring title I could think of, too. Regardless, I’d love for you to take a minute to check out two things I’m excited have come together just this week. 1.  First, for any of you who have been here with me any amount of time, you know that I […]




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One of the problems with fundraising is that you feel like you are always fundraising. It’s like that neighbor selling her tupperware who seems to always be able to work your food-storage needs into conversations about the barking dogs across the street or the latest deals at “theWalmart.” And, so, forgive me for taking up […]




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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 […]




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The Person Right in Front of You

by Laura on September 24, 2012

This weekend I got to see a friend who remembers me when I was an overweight middle schooler with braces. In fact, we go back even further. She remembers me when I had spend-the-nights at her house across town as an elementary kid who still had to call my mom before I went to sleep. […]




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The One Where I Come Clean

by Laura on August 27, 2012

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I’ve written lots over the past year about the realities of sexual slavery and exploitation as we’ve come to witness them from our time in SouthEast Asia. I’ve written about street children and prostitutes and the men who visit them. I’ve told stories about stumbling into one of the worst red-light districts in the world […]




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No, I’m Not Dead

by Laura on August 27, 2012

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It’s been a crazy four weeks for our family since we’ve transitioned from SE Asia to Colorado. We’ve lived in four different homes, started the school routine for the first time, reconnected with a host of amazing people, bought a swagger-wagon, and discovered the wonders of the local Goodwill. And though we remain “a little […]




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