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Someday when God does away with borders and flags and what separates us, I think we’re going to wish we would have seen each other as equal.  Loved like our lives depended on it.  Maybe wished we would have opened up our spare rooms to prostitutes, or scooped one of the lonely kids off the floors of an orphanage, and welcomed them into the flow of our lives.  Still living life, but adding in more to the flow of what already is.

Sometimes people have been asking me if I want one more ‘of my own.’  I always think that question is so strange.  I try to help them out, by looking at the three of my own right here, and reminding them, “In a little while, I will have four of my own…four is kind of a lot.”  Maybe that’s just what happens, no matter how many you have, people always ask if there will be more.



Loving and living for other people doesn’t make life easier, but it makes life richer.  So much so I can’t describe it.  Sometimes I try to think back on what we used to do with all our time, and the only answer I can think of is a whole bunch of sh*t—I kind of remember Bed Bath and Beyond somewhere in there.

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  • Lucy August 25, 2014, 3:35 pm

    I love this! Thanks for giving me a fresh dose of courage to pursue the hard, but good and necessary things.

  • Trish August 25, 2014, 10:41 pm

    Thank you so much for posting these thoughts! In less than a week I am moving from SoCal to Mexico to become a full-time assistant teacher at a home and school for deaf kids, and it’s right about now that I’m starting to freak out about the magnitude of this position and its two-year minimum contract. I know the situations aren’t exactly comparable, but that last paragraph really reminded me of why I am doing this crazy thing. 🙂 You are such a huge encouragement to me. I’ve been reading your blog since about a week after you came back from Russia with Maria and Finley, and every post has been uplifting, inspiring, and sometimes downright convicting. I am SO glad that God made you a blogger! Thanks again for posting!

    • tinyteam August 26, 2014, 9:14 pm

      Awww, Trish–your comment meant so much to me…thank you so much, I can’t say thank you enough. Also, youre time in Mexico will be incredible and life changing, I absolutely know it to be. You are brave and strong, and a life changer, a dent will be made by you.

      • Trish August 27, 2014, 8:43 am

        Thank you so much, Amy! 🙂 Let’s both go make God proud!
        Btdubs, I just read my first comment again; totally meant Maria and Elijah, haha. 😛

  • nicole snitselaar August 26, 2014, 10:11 am

    is it Elijah with his feet in the air ? 😉 Sweet picture !