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I didn’t see this coming

Life can change in the most surprising ways.

I think we’ve all experienced some of the tragedies. Dreams get shattered, or just slowly rust away. A person you love is there, and then they are not. A friend you can count on betrays you deeply. A family ruptures. It’s shocking, it’s cruel, and I was getting used to it.

But then there are the other surprises. The birth of a child (plan all you want. You’ll be surprised just the same). The resurrection of a cat (that’s a story for another time).

Six months ago I was, living my life in the Pennsylvania woods, doing environmental education. 


This used to be my commute to work.

This used to be my commute to work.

Flash forward to today, and you’ll find me driving a motorcycle around Uganda directing a public health NGO.


This is my commute now.

This is my commute now.

Six months ago, It was just Laura and me.

We had a good time.

We had a good time.

Here we are today with another beautiful little person in our family.


I'd say she's an improvement.

I’d say she’s an improvement.


This morning I rode into town, bought water, and strapped the jug onto my motorcycle.  As I threaded my way through a herd of cows and a machine gun toting marching band I realized that I don’t recognize this life I’m living. But I like it.

And I’m falling into the rhythm of it. It feels like a different world, but I am still me.

We feel like a different family. But we are still us.

For a minute there, I’d forgotten that surprises can be amazing. That life can twist and turn and leave you breathless for all the right reasons.

That’s a thing worth remembering.


  1. Anna Ogunnaike

    August 7, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Bravo for your open hearts ! Buckle up, your adventures have just begun. Blessings, Anna Ogunnaike

  2. thanks for sharing your new adventure….loved reading this

  3. Love this! So happy for you guys.

  4. Missing you guys! But happy journey to you!

  5. Your lives certainly have changed, changing our lives as well. And opening our hearts to a new part of the world that was barely on our radar before. This is a good reminder that our world is a big place but God’s love reaches every corner. Love you guys, keep sharing the journey!

  6. I love this. You guys are such amazing people and it’s so inspiring to see you guys doing this ❤️

  7. So happy for you both as you discover new rhythms – I’m praying for God to guide you and strengthen you on this new journey. Also – I think driving with cows sounds like a lot of fun! 🙂

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