Thankful_March 16_March 22

Another week on the roller coaster of life. Spring has sprung. Good news for a boy. Plans are changing. All is grace. God is good and I am Thankful. It’s my word for 2015.


223. That we have words using all vowels in the correct order – abstentious, arterious, placentious, aerious,

224. That I finally figured out where the secret room for prayer is. And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:5-6

225. For the training I received on the Africa Mercy. Learning to put others first in a very small space has helped me to be able to apply what I learned to living in this current very small space with my favorite #1 son.


226. Riding through a neighborhood in south Florida that smells like spring in Pennsylvania.

227. In honor of St Patrick’s Day, a prayer I discovered – Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

228. The Arizona board of nursing received my fingerprint card and application for temporary license today!


229. My favorite #1 son got a job that has the potential to be really awesome and change his mind about going to Arizona and I’m so happy for him, but sad for me because now I may be going alone after all.

230. Lord willing, I am still going to Arizona.

231. Thankful for the co-worker pointing out to me that the change in the plan may be a problem, but it’s a good problem. I never thought of them as being good before.


232. The lights out on the ocean at night take me back to sailing on the Africa Mercy, standing watch in the wee hours of the morning.

233. Even though the plan might change, I still get to have quality time with my #1 son while he saves money.

234. Even though the plan might change, I am excited about moving in a new direction like I haven’t been since I came home from Africa and both my boys are excited for me.


235. It’s the first day of Spring and it’s Friday!

236. Duoliteral – this one has the vowels in order backwards!

237. For fun things like the military alphabet to spell my name – mike India Charlie hotel echo Lima Lima echo, alpha November delta echo Romeo Sierra Oscar November


238. Even though I forgot my iPhone, I still got to see the most spectacular red sunrise over the beautiful Atlantic Ocean in the cool breeze of the day. I have eyes to see. 👀

239. That they make portable ramps for scooters so I can load my scooter into a van for transport to Arizona.

240. For the yummy crockpot beef stew my favorite #1 son prepared for us to eat all weekend long.


241. 2 weeks until I see my favorite #2 son for Easter. 4 weeks until I get edumacated in ACLS. 5 weeks until I visit DUDE! In San Fransisco. 12 weeks until I see my favorite #2 son for his birthday. 16 work weeks until I am finished here. 17 weeks until the BIG MOVE!!! Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your ❤️. Psalm 37:4

242. A surprise phone call from my inspiring missionary friend all the way from Nicaragua!

243. That my favorite #1 son trusts my love for him enough to start confessing things he is deeply ashamed of. I know the Lord is working in him, pursuing him.

Happy Sunday!

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Thankful_March 6_[FMF]_Gather

I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right? This week, the word is gather.


So by now you’ve heard I’m moving to Arizona. With my favorite #1 son. I’m so excited!

I really love to travel, go on new adventures! But I hate moving. The packing. The gathering. The chaos of throwing things in boxes makes me crazy.

I have spent most of my life moving. I think know this is why I live a very plain, un-decorated life. I can’t deal with all the gathering and scattering of stuff.

I’m the opposite of a hoarder. The more stuff I can throw away, the less stuff I have to gather.

Tomorrow, my favorite #1 son is moving in with me. Into my tiny studio apartment. I’m so excited! It’s going to be just like living in a cabin on the Africa Mercy, but still more spacious.

So I’m doing the dreaded gathering of my stuff to make room for his stuff with a pile of stuff sitting at the front door to go out for trash.

This is the life of a 21st century nomad and I am thankful.


Happy FMF!

Thankful_January 30_[FMF]_Wait

I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me because I’m a deep thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right? This week, the word is wait.


88. To wait for the sound of the train whistle when you don’t even realize you’re waiting for it. Hearing that whistle is somehow so deeply satisfying as to defy words.

89. The mornings I get up before dawn, throw some clothing and shoes on, and make the five minute walk to the beach to wait for the sunrise. The sun always rises. Faithfully. Because God is faithful.


90. I keep dreaming of Africa. Specifically Africa Mercy. In the dreams, I’m always returning to Africa. But when I wake up, get my bearings, I think wait! I can’t go to Africa now. I have things that need to be done here. But the constant dreaming gives me hope the adventure isn’t over yet.


What are you waiting for?