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What is this daily small miracle we have

Hey there again, friends!

It looks like light, bright bright light. It sounds like a fan blowing, a refrigerator humming, music playing.

That’s right.

It’s POWER, baby. (Well, it’s electricity. The real power is in us, you know.)

This miracle occurred last night. We drove home after a long day of doctor visits, x-rays, and errands. I was feeling

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With giving of thanks (and fixing of generators)

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!

We are planning a get-together with friends to be thankful and stuff our faces together. No power means no oven means I have a flawless excuse for ordering two smoked turkeys (from Rincon’s resident BBQ expert Ryan Reed, hailing from none other than Kansas City)…rather than roasting them myself.

Robbie turned 10 yesterday! We had a surf party, which turned out… Continue reading

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Water, glorious water


Yesterday morning, this miracle occurred. Coincidentally, yesterday was Day 50 since Maria. And on this day, let it be noted, God above in great beneficence and the Autoridad de Acueductos saw fit to open the floodgates and send in the water. I think it’s a combination of all your WATER

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Things I don’t miss, things I do

Hi again from Puerto Rico!

Power is back on in the central area of our town (not at our house), which means more businesses open and more places with wifi! That’s pretty exciting, although I’ve discovered something crazy….
Are you ready?
I don’t miss social media.
At all.
Not even a little.
And I don’t miss email at all.
And I don’t miss random, negative news stories.
And I… Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Se Levanta, and a post-hurricane prayer for you


Today Joe and I are out searching for parts and wifi. We are doing well. I want to say a BIG HUGE THANK YOU to so many friends and family members, and friends of friends, who have sent us things – much needed and welcomed things, from a chain sharpener to tools and supplies to snacks and food – as well as so generously donating… Continue reading

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Alive together: Life in a post-hurricane world

Hi friends and family.

So, there was a hurricane. You may have heard. A crazy powerful devastating hurricane that ripped through this island and tore people’s lives apart.

We are all okay. The home we rent was undamaged (amazingly) and kept us safe and (mostly) dry.

The kids got a 2-week vacation from school and had a great time playing and building a fort in the big… Continue reading

Mom and baby Mara

Gifts from the dead

I had been married for almost three years. We had a baby girl. I went back home to be with Mom for what would be her last month. I spent my days feeding Mara mashed bananas and rocking her to sleep, propping Mom up on pillows and sitting by her while she slept, slipping out of the house with my Dad or sister to grab a milkshake and look at each… Continue reading