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It’s been almost a year since I knelt on Topiwo’s floor and got it all over my knee.

The hearts by their names mean they’ve been waiting for more than 6 months for their sponsor.

Today is the day you’ve both been waiting for.

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The {African} Elephant in the Room

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  Now that I’ve come and gone I know what you all want to know. You want to know the exact same thing that I want to know.  You want to know what one brave lady dared to put into words:     I love that it’s from Cindy, a fellow home blogger.  She gets […]


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Mothers everywhere love their babies and want them to grow up and to succeed in life.  Partner with a mother (or if the child is an orphan, partner with their guardian) and help ensure that their child is cared for, fed, schooled, immunized, in community with other children, surrounded by mentors, clothed and  given the […]

Decorating Truths from A 15-Year-Old Tanzanian Boy


Warning:: Moms of boys may experience uncomfortable, unexplainable side effects while reading this post. Side effects are treatable with a prompt visit here to sponsor a teenage boy.  In order to alleviate the discomfort, take one or two of those and email me in the morning–for real, you should email me after you do this. […]

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What’s Your Plan for Tomorrow?

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*photos courtesy of the ever so funny and wonderful Keely Scott Oh mercy, how are you? I feel like we haven’t talked in forever. Can I just tell you that when you are on one of these trips you get up early, eat, leave for a Compassion site, laugh really hard, pee in a hole, […]

Nail Polish, Bubbles and $38

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Today I want to tell you simply everything and then I keep sitting here looking at the computer and typing nothing. It’s just too much. And I can’t conjure up a great post and tie it neatly with the proverbial imperfectly beautiful bow.  I wish I knew some really great new, fancy, space age words […]

A Ten-Year-Old Preacher Man, Fanta and The Giraffe that Made Me Cry

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New around here? I’m currently in Tanzania with Compassion International. Read more about why I’m on this trip  here and read about our first day here. It feels weird being here. Not because we are sleeping under mosquito nets or drinking Boysenberry Fanta (out of a GLASS BOTTLE, mind you!) and not because we are […]

Well I Didn’t Expect to Meet HER in Tanzania

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*Special thanks to Photographer Keely Scott for capturing the stories through her photos. I met Hospitality today.  Yep, her. I’ve always known the requirement for being hospitable isn’t about finally getting to the place where you love where you live and can have the most up to date flooring and look cute in the Anthropologie […]

Tanzania Bound


I’m getting ready for the trip.  Actually, I’m probably on a plane right now while you are reading this.  I leave my house in 2 hours then I’m on planes for about 20 hours. I’m not ready and I know I never will be. They really should make you take some type of standardized organization […]

It’s getting TanZany in this place


getting ready for this trip has already tested so many of my weakness: mailing things. following rules. listening. filling out lots of forms. doing things in a timely manner. paying attention. answering email. agreeing to get on a huge airplane. asked if I want to buy Go Girl. tag line: stop taking life sitting down. […]

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