When a Sister Travels in Your Heart

  I’m hiking today. Well, really I’m visiting a castle in one of my favorite cities in Portugal, a little town called Sintra. There are five castles here, and I am visiting one I’ve never toured before. Every time I visit the ancient city of Sintra (the...
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Me Drowning in a River

by Caddie, a.k.a. Spunky Chick, who is the brave 11-year-old daughter of Sarah and the intrepid niece of Aunt Ruth   One afternoon at a Cherokee Indian reservation my family decided to have a PEACEFUL picnic by a river.   After lunch, my brother and I went to the river...
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Unhelpful Tips for Flying Internationally

My sister Ruth asked for tips or helpful advice for traveling overseas with kids. I told her I didn’t have any advice. I quickly realized I’d lied. I do have advice; it’s just not helpful.   In the last three years, my husband, five kids, and I have been in...
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D.I.Y. American Healthcare

Here’s the scene: On a bright winter morning, One European and Five American adults are standing in the driveway. One adult is steadying a child, while another adult holds a long, serrated bread knife. Ten children are running around playing, while one child lies on the...
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Saying Goodbye Again

Spending time with my sister Sarah involves a lot of everyday tasks, lately. Taking a child to the doctor, folding laundry, cleaning out the refrigerator, grabbing coffee together – but these ordinary things are precious to me because Sarah is leaving the country very soon. Her...
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Cloister Reflections

After a six-month visit, Ambassador Hen and her family will be returning to Lisbon at the end of the month. Here is a Frizzle Chick story from when I visited her in 2010 and thought a lot about worship. Enjoy! – Momma Frizzle In a brown leather journal my husband gave me one...
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From Asia, With Love

This letter is from a young mom in South Asia who took the Love Does dare. I didn’t think we knew each other, but Aislinn set the record straight (see the comments). This summer, Aislinn was in the United States getting a visa for her firstborn child and contemplating...
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