2016 Video Update Links

Here are links to my 2016 Video Updates! Enjoy 🙂

February 2016 Update Video

August 2016 Update Video

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2016 Email Update Links

Here are links to my 2016 Email Updates! Enjoy!

February 2016 Email Update

June 2016 Email Update

August 2016 Email Update


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Link to 2015 Email Updates

Here are the links for my 2015 email updates that I sent out! If you don’t receive them please drop me any email and I would be happy to add you to my list – I send them out no more than once a month.

December 2015 Email Update

November 2015 Email Update

September 2015 Email Update

June 2015 Email Update

April 2015 Email Update

January 2015 Email Update

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Links to 2015 Video Updates

Over the past year I have been able to do a few video updates! This has been a little nerve wracking but also exciting to me. It is very strange to see yourself on video! Thankfully I am starting to get use to it.

These videos are made possible because of Randy Turner who is To Every Tribe‘s Videographer & Production Developer. Thank you Randy!

September 2015 Video Update

April 2015 Video Update

January 2015 Video Update

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Links to 2015 Pictures

If you would like to see my 2015 pictures I have posted them on Flickr. You can click on the following links to view them. Enjoy 🙂

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

May 2015

June 2015

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015 – coming soon

December 2015


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Compassion Volunteer 

I had the opportunity to Volunteer at he Compassion table at a concert recently. The concert was held at the Livestock Grounds. I went with another To Every Tribe Lady. It was a lot of fun.

Through Compassion you can sponsor a child in another country. Sponsorship helps provide food, clothing, medical and spiritual care for children in needy areas.  For more information you can click here to visit Compassion’s Website.

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Car Shopping

After being rear ended at the end of September I finally settled with the insurance company. And then began the serious car shopping. This post is meant to be mostly humorous but I would still appreciate your prayers and I am still looking for a car (update I purchased a car at the end of October). If you want to read more about the accident you can check out this blog post 🙂

I started casually looking for a car probably about the day after my accident. And let me tell you looking for a car is no joke. My first car purchase (2003) was pretty easy – my Dad helped me (thank you Dad), and my second car was given to me (thank you so much!!), this car has definitely taught me a lot. My Dad and many others gave me a lot of advice about buying a car. Thank you!

First I think I should mention that Spanish is probably the predominate language here. I honestly don’t mind. I’ve grown use to it and even though I don’t speak very much Spanish it is normal for me to hear it. To be honest I’m so use to it it feels almost overwhelming when I go back to Michigan and understand everything when shopping – that is no longer ‘normal’ for me.

So a few funny things (also occasionally frustrating) that have happened while I’ve been car shopping. Some of these have to do with where I live, other things happen just because, and other things because I’m a woman out shopping for cars (mostly by myself).

  • one man thought my name was Dixie… not even kidding… was it the blonde hair?
  • my GPS tried to take me to Mexico when looking for an address… so funny… and I didn’t have my passport… thankfully I realized it and didn’t end up in Mexico.
  • called on a car and the man asked me if I was old enough to have a drivers license he then apologized profusely when I told him my age… I thought it was funny and didn’t mind… but the poor man felt really bad.
  • one man tried to sell me a car telling me it was great… I could tell by the sounds the car was making it wasn’t great and the front drivers side CV joint needed to be replaced.
  • stopped to look at a car and the only person there only spoke Spanish.
  • one man told me he was going to break my heart… when I asked him about a car… he assumed I couldn’t drive a stick shift… to his surprise I could!

This (below) is not the car I purchased. It is just one of the ones I looked at. You’ll have to wait until later to hear about my new (to me) car.

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Rear Ended

At the end of September I was rear ended. Thankfully the accident was not my fault. The insurance company declared my car to be a total loss. God allowed me to walk away without a scratch. I am so thankful to him for this. Had I been hit by a larger vehicle the outcome could have been very different.

The whole situation surrounding the accident has been very frustrating to me. Earlier this year my Brother-in-law (Ben) and I put a lot of time into repairing my car. Thankfully the cost for the parts was not very much but the car was in excellent working condition and had good tires on it I was hoping to driving it for several more years.

The lady who hit me may have been playing with her phone. She had plenty of time to stop.  Please be careful when driving! Our choices when driving can impact the lives of other in ways we will never see.

Since the accident was not my fault it was handled by her insurance company. Which took over 3 weeks but I believe that is fairly normal. The insurance company didn’t want to give me very much for the car but God answered my prayer and I was able to show them that they should give me more. I simply desired enough money to replace my car with one that was comparable to mine. I don’t need a fancy car.

I can see God’s hand in all of this. He is at work. He is sovereign. He is there. He cares. And I’ve needed that. Because of the accident I’ve leaned in closer to him. There has been may tears of frustration as I’ve handled this as a single woman. It has been very hard for me. I feel like it has more or less taken over my life for the past month and I’m very weary of it.

I’m very thankful for God’s faithfulness and for answering my prayers. I’m also very thankful to so many people who have helped me, loaned me cars, given me advice, made phone calls on my behalf, prayed for me, been my advocate, and simply listened to me talk. Thank you!


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I’m not a Mom

In September a few of our To Every Tribe Missionary Appointees took a scouting trip to the country they hope to be missionaries in soon. They left their two boys us and we took turns taking care of them. I was allowed a few days out of the office so I could help. Over about a 10 day period I got to spend 5 days and 4 nights (not consecutively) with these two precious kids.

It was a lot of fun. We had a few rough spots but over all we had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. It was fun to get a glimpse into what being with kids is like for more than a few hours at a time. I know this in no way compares to being a Mom 🙂 Thank you Moms for all your faithful hard work!

We watched movies, went to Story Time at the Library, went to the pool, went to the Splash Pad, went to the Park, went to Taco Tuesday, cooked eggs, made smoothies, and hung out with the other kids and Mothers, there were a few fights (nothing major) and a bed wetting incident and two kids who did miss their parents.

It was a big blessing to be able to serve in this way!

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding Cake

Like I mentioned in an earlier post. I get Fall fever like crazy every fall. Which means I usually start making fall foods. Recently I created my own recipe – it is a spin off of a chocolate pudding cake recipe I like. I’m not sure what to call it. But it turned out amazing. To make it you need the following:

  • 1 Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • eggs
  • water
  •  8oz Sour Cream
  • 1 small box of cheese cake pudding
  • 1 bag of mini chocolate chips

Basically you mix up the cake mix like the box says BUT you substitute the pumpkin for the oil. So no oil. However much oil the cake box calls for that is how much pumpkin you put. If I remember right it was 1 cup (8oz). Add in the cheese cake pudding mix, sour cream, and chocolate chips.

I also put in a little bit of vanilla, cinnamon, and cocoa but I have no idea how much cause that is just how I bake.

I baked it in 2 loaf pans. Be sure to grease them. I baked them at either 350F or 375F (I think it was 375F) for about an hour in my toaster oven. Be sure to check them and cover them with tin foil after about 30 minutes. They are done when a toothpick comes out clean.

It comes out very moist and heavy. It is kind of fudgey and it a mess to eat. But it taste good 🙂 It will rise considerable but will fall after coming out of the toaster oven – I’m sure someone could figure out how to prevent that but I kind of like the way it tastes 🙂

Hopefully I remembered that right. If it doesn’t turn out right let me know and I try to remember what I forgot 🙂


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