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Romania Take 2!!

Dear Friends,
I hope things are going well with you. I have some exciting news I want to share! Last year, you may remember I had the opportunity to join a service trip to Oradea, Romania.  It was a great learning and growing experience for me that I will never forget. I’m honored to share that I was asked to lead a trip back this coming summer, August 4-12, 2017.  The decision to take part in this trip was different than past experiences.  Having gone to Romania last summer, I now have firsthand experience working with the people of Belief in Motion.  My trip last year taught me simply that love is key. In its truest and rarest form, love can break down so many barriers. Seeing the women and children in the surrounding villages stand in pride and feel a true sense of self worth, simply because someone treated them worthy of love and respect is a beautiful thing. This is what I look forward to taking part in again this summer. I ask that you would prayerfully support me and the team…
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Perspective

By now, many of you reading this probably know about my upcoming trip to Romania. If you don't, you can check it out here. So far the time leading up to this trip has been a learning experience for me. Many things lately have showed me how good this trip will be, not because of what I'll be doing but because of what I'll be experiencing and learning.
Lately, my older son has been asking me why he has to go to school and why he needs to learn. It's funny to me to think that I'm not going to school, but I'm sure being taught a lot lately. I'm learning about my attitude, thoughts, inferences, purpose and more.
This time three years ago, I was embarking on a big change. I was tying up loose ends and getting ready to resign as a music therapist. I was getting ready to say good bye to students I had for years. It was an uncertain time not knowing what lay ahead. A few months later I would find my self jobless and worried that nothing was going to happen.

What I …

Romania Service Trip

Dear Friends,

I hope things are going well with you. I have some exciting news I want to share! A group from my church will be going on a service trip to Oredea, Romania this summer. I have thought about this, prayed about this, and talked it over with close friends. I really feel God is prompting me to go, and this is an opportunity to serve that I cannot pass up. My trip will take place July 22-31, 2016.
A few years ago you may remember that I took two trips to Las Vegas and served a church called Verve. Some of you reading this may have supported me on that trip, either through prayers or monetarily. I am so very thankful for that support because it allowed me to learn about God and his love for all his children.
The decision to take part in this trip was not an easy one. My love of children was a large part of the desire to join this trip. As I have learned more about the Roma population I will serve, I have learned that many parents and mothers are forced to either abandon or gi…

Running Towards Change

I've written this blog in my head over and over for a few days now, but am finally ready to put to 'paper' so to speak. So here it goes....

       Change is inevitable. Change is usually good. It helps us grow, improve and learn. But change can also be scary and daunting. That's the change I'm dealing with right now. See, Friday was possibly one of the biggest days in my life in a long time. Seems like a such a strong statement but it was. I formally resigned from my music therapy position with the local school district. This is a job that I held for 11 years. It was my first real job. You know, aside from the working at The Limited, grocery store, or selling accidental death and dismemberment insurance over the phone type summer jobs I had throughout college and before.  And yes, I actually did sell D and D insurance and was pretty decent at it, but we'll leave that for another blog post. 
       Being a music therapist has been a job that I've lov…

Serve vs. Love

Most people think of service as helping others, or maybe as a type of utility one receives (like cable TV or water). But a few weeks ago I was challenged to think of service as love and love as service.
See, I always thought that service was a scheduled event where I give of my time and talents and then am done. But I call myself a Christian and believe in Jesus, so the truth is that that is not how Jesus lived. I also felt that Jesus' servant hood was contextual, something that should be left in the time and place Jesus lived. But the truth is that we, if we claim to be Christians, are to be servants. And when the Bible tells us this it doesn't specify a time for serving and time to take a break from serving. If serving isn't just a physical act at a specified time then what is it?

It's love.

So, what does that really mean?

Well, it doesn't mean picketing at a funeral, standing outside a clinic with horrific pictures or screaming and claiming others will…

Diaper Bouquet

Last spring I was invited to a baby shower and was so excited to finally be able to have a chance to make this! I had found a picture, on Pinterest most likely, but there were no instructions on how to make it. So I figured I'd give it a whirl! Here's how I did it. You'll need: A wide mouth vase Gifts to go inside Tulle (from a roll) Cylinder shaped styrofoam Diapers Lollipop sticks Ribbon First, I went to the store and found a large mouth vase and the goodies I wanted to fill it with. A little tip on what goodies you pick: try to get things that are the same height or a few that can be stacked to have a flat top. Mine didn't so I rolled up a rectangle piece of heavy cardstock and put it on top of the box to make it level. Also, try not leave a good amount of space (2-3") for the styrofoam base of the bouquet.
To make the flower part of the bouquet I cut the lollipop sticks into a few different shorter lengths. I rolled the diapers up, wrapped the elastic around…

I Know, But....

You ever get that feeling that, in the middle of stating your case, you are totally wrong?  But, for some silly (or just plain stupid) reason you continue to dig your heels in and state your case?  I can remember a few times where I could distinctly hear in the back of my head; 'Kari, chill out, it's not a big deal'

I heard a story Jonah recently. You know, he was stuck in the belly of a whale for three days, then the whale spat him out, etc. And if your like me you instantly have some vision of the Veggie Tales movie or some version of the story in a children's Bible. I instantly see a sign for the boat Jonah gets on and it says 'Not Nineveh.' It makes me laugh.

Anyway, I can relate to Jonah, cause sometimes I just want to run from what I know God is telling me. Either it's too hard or I'm too lazy, or a myriad of other reasons. But the thing that surprised me was the rest of the story.

Yep, that's right there's more. See, not only does Jonah tr…