Meal Packing – blessing or burden?

Six years ago today, our family woke early, got dressed, and excitedly rushed out the door to do something good for a place that was becoming very near to our hearts. We, along with a group from our church and hundreds of other people, arrived to the venue and received our instructions. We were ready to go! We hurriedly and excitedly performed our duties, even my little 4 year-old helped by drawing a heart on every box she encountered. Within hours, hundreds of thousands of meals were packed for Haiti. We cheered at our success! Months later, we would be in Haiti when those boxes of food arrived. We would...

Education & Emotions

I have spent the last few weeks reviewing applications, talking to parents and kids, and laying the groundwork for our Education Initiative. The first two years were sort of just done as a combo … People gave to the fund, we sent kids to school – 10 kids in year one, 23 in year two. But we knew it was time to grow and we had a goal of 50 kids this year. [We ended up with 76!] So, I created applications (I want to be sure to have families who are truly in need), scheduled & performed interviews, and outlined how it would all go. What I couldn’t anticipate...


... we live in the distance, between two worlds: Our roots are stuck in America, where we grew up with privilege and ease. But our hearts are stuck in Haiti, where we get the privilege of knowing the oppressed, developing our understanding of the world's injustices, and deepening our faith.

Why we gotta be so divisive?

I was recently accused of being anti-adoption. Anyone who really knows me knows how ridiculous that is to say. But have you noticed that these days it seems like if you are FOR this or that cause, somehow you're automatically AGAINST something else? I don't understand why the world today is so divisive!

Lent Goals

Y’all. Lent could not come at better time! Ok – not that there’s a choice on when it comes around, but I NEED LENT right now in the worst way. It has been a season of busyness, heavy emotions, and stress. I have found myself praying “God help me!” more than ever. And Lent is the perfect reason for me to recharge and refocus. Sometimes ya just need a reason to pull it together, right? And I NEED to pull it together. So, I’m trying. I made a list of the things I pray “God help me!” about: – my health – my house clutter – the twins’ behavior –...

Why I Started River + Loaves

I have always had a love of beautiful things. My mom will tell you the story of being a tiny girl placed on the floor of the babysitter’s house, only to lift my hands and cry out “ew dirt!” in horror. I like my surroundings to be beautiful, and clean. My grandmother instilled in me a love of shopping at an early age. I was the first grandchild, and a girl, much to her delight. My dad was her only child, so having a granddaughter to spoil satisfied her every desire. She took me everywhere, doted on me, made me beautiful clothes, and shopped ’til she dropped so that I...

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