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Finding Childhood

In the middle of allergic reactions to unknown things, internet outtages for a week of silence, stingy caterpillar hair season leaving little burns on your skin as the hairs get blown in the wind or dry on your clothes, and the busy world of language acquisition, it’s important to stop and be a kid.

It’s important to cover your feet in the bean bin and laugh when you pull them out quickly. It’s important to squeal at water play days, jumping full-force into the big bins we bought down at the Chinese store for a few bucks.


It’s important to go on walks with Mommy, just you and Mommy and her language conversant, stopping to watch the chickens run through a nearby park and feeling the Marginal’s breeze.


It’s important to pretend to be the newest market find, being carried home in a hurry.


It’s important to strap your beloved toys on your back like African babies

and ride in those rickety car carts at the local Chinese store!

It’s important to start an impromptu water fight with Emilia, laughing that she graciously and delightfully played along getting completely drenched. (My goodness how I love Emilia and her willingness to all-out play along.)


So important to take a silly picture in the middle of that long, hot church service


And yes, it’s even important to climb into that laundry basket for a good hiding spot.


Yes, it’s super important to continue finding childhood amidst the adult realities of Africa – laughing at your drying stuffed animals post allergic reaction washing.


We all benefit from a little extra childhood delight for sure. 😉

-Thankful, grateful and beyond blessed.


Have you ever thought that the all-sufficient Savior has promised those who walk in blind faith more than our minds can ever comprehend? That the only True Savior renews our minds, even when we feel most useless toward His Kingdom work? The Lord of all dares to touch our hearts, even as we stumble to find obedience. Oh how this soul wishes we Christians would embrace His Truth! And that the world would be different because of obedient hearts. Lord, change me. Lord, change us. All for Your glory. ---------- I am a Jesus-follower, a Homemaker, a Wife of the best man EVER, a Mom of 4 wonderful girls, a missionary in Africa, a Friend, an Encourager, a Seeker of integrity who is unsatisfied with a mediocre walk in Christ, and Blessed beyond any words that I could ever express. Thanks for being interested in my little slice of the world.

3 thoughts on “Finding Childhood

  1. AWWW. I frickin’ LOVE Emilia in this pics! She is such a SWEETHEART! 🙂 Your girls look happy. Love that. Also, loved seeing Laura dolly on the clothesline. hehehe

    1. Emilia is a straight up answer to prayers. Honestly, Jes, she is such a beautiful person and I can’t wait until I have enough Portuguese to be able to tell her myself. The girls wait with anticipation for her to come and are disappointed when it’s the weekend and she’s not here. It’s really sweet to watch them grow into her love, growing right through the language barrier.

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