By Mommy Emily I’m driving to my in-laws’ farm. It’s after supper and the gravel roads are empty, just like the churches, just like the schools, just like the stores in nearly every town, every city, every region, and every continent. It’s Spring of 2020 and COVID-19 has taken over the world in what World…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s Trip, Part 3) By Mommy Emily   I wouldn’t have noticed them if I hadn’t turned my head. A flash of color, and then we’d passed by. These two tiny children whose arms were like matchsticks.     I was in western Africa, in a country called Liberia,…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s trip part 2) by Mommy Emily   It hits me at random times, this living with my heart in two worlds. It hits me as the plane slices through grey clouds touching down in Canada, and all I see is the white of snow like one long lonely…

The Long Winding Roads of Africa (Emily’s trip, part 1) by Mommy Emily   Chimpanzees line the highway, babies clinging to their mothers’ fur, as we sit in the back of a white van taxi headed back to Uganda. I’m seated with my friends from Uganda. We’ve been visiting South Sudan and worship rises from…

By Mommy Emily I’ve wrapped up 18 gifts from the thrift store for my kids to open, one for each of the days I’m gone. I’ve snuggled and wept. I’ve had a slumber party with dancing and games and too many stories, because tomorrow I will say goodbye to my family and step onto a…

by Mommy Emily *thanks to World Help for photos from my first trip to Uganda/Rwanda in 2014 Nearly six years ago now, emptied by a recent miscarriage and swollen with a writer’s pride, I stepped off the plane in Uganda, Africa, on a blogger’s trip, to be immediately humbled and filled.  I was humbled by…

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