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The Grove - Sacrifice

My Chinese friend had just arrived back in China after her first trip to America, her first experience in a Western country.  She came to my home for a visit, as she had done many times before.  But there was…

From Dr. Pepper to a Big Backyard:  A Look at Sacrifice

When we first came to China, we could only find butter in a can.  A CAN.  A small, metal container containing some strange kind of yellowish substance.  I remember thinking our lack of butter was a sacrifice that might be…

A Take on Mary Magdalene for Passion Week

We stepped out the church doors into the mild winter evening and my two-year-old son, Basil, burst into tears. “I didn’t do it well!” he sobbed. “What? What didn’t you do well?” “The high five. I didn’t do it well!”…

Letting go of comparison {book club}

Thanks to those who participated in the survey last week! We have quite a potential list to work through based on your suggestions :). I compiled them here if you’re curious to see. I was relieved to see there was…

The Granny Who Stole Easter + Homemade Rolls (and a bonus side dish!)

I often catch myself thinking of things that I’m missing out on living on the other side of the world. (Ohh, Target!) Even more often I dwell on what my kids are missing…libraries, parks, family, friends, etc. I don’t think…

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