So, Matt gets back from SE Asia and India in two days after traveling for 19 days straight. And every time he travels, which has been quite a bit over our married life, my respect for single- parents and military moms skyrockets. Skyrockets. Because, no lie, flying solo with kids can be tough. There are […]


From the Front Porch

by Laura on August 8, 2012


And, this?  This is still most definitely true a year and a half later, too . . . ********* Ever believed the lie that you have to be somewhere different to be changed or to change things? Every bought into the false idea that a person needs to do the dramatic in order to become […]


To say that our last two weeks have been psycho would be an understatement. There was weighing 12 suitcases that hovered at 49.8 pounds each and clearing out junk drawers we didn’t know we had  and enduring a house inspection with a Asian lady that wanted to charge us for everything. There were two days […]


I Do, Still. STILL.

by Laura on February 12, 2012

In honor of all the hearts floating around these days, I am re-posting a piece I wrote about eight months ago. We were just returning to Asia after a glorious six weeks in the U.S. with family and friends, good bread and better coffee, and I was wrestling with what love looks like, in a […]


Things You Need to Know, Should You Read Here, Ever, Ever, Ever, At All: 1.  I am a Dork. Yeah, and I wear cheesy shirts proclaiming adoration for my husband.  And then I up and Disco-Dance it in the driveway.  Real cool white-girl-style, I tell ya. 2.  We are Traveling the States this Summer.  We […]



by Laura on March 28, 2011


Thanks to a hefty tax return, an unexpected refund on unused airline tickets, and a husband who wants to treat his family to some Home . . . Have any fun summer plans yourself?


Matt Rides an Ostrich

by Laura on October 16, 2010

Matt Rides an Ostrich

Yup, you didn’t misread that title. Along with several of our amazing interns, my husband rode an ostrich yesterday, Swiss-Family-Robinson style. We are in Chiang Rai {about 2 hours north of Chiang Mai} for a retreat this week, and, well, I’ll let you see for yourself . . . Comment.



by Laura on August 19, 2010

“Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?” “So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.” – selected verses from psalm 126, 127 {the Message} I unpack the suitcases and shake out the sand.  I run to the store and stock up on veggies, […]