Mari and I met in Thailand almost three years ago. When she reached a high milestone this summer--one year in one home in one city--she called me to help her document the occasion. Her home, "The Shalom Home" is as delightful and welcoming as she is and it was a joy to be able to visualize it. Happy one year, Mari.



One of the delights of my stint in Chiang Mai was getting to know this girl and her family. Adriann began her first day of her last year of high school today, and it's been so exciting to see her grow from the sidelines. 

Adriann can be quiet at times, but the girl is one of the funnest, most loving people I've had the privilege to know. I helped lead a summer camp she attended this past summer and I'll hold to the fact that you see the best or the worst of people at camp. This girl was obviously the best, helping her friends work through some tough issues and taking initiative in so many ways to make things work for a group or to honor those around her. She'll be headed back to the U.S. for college in a year, and I'm so pumped that we'll be in the same country again. So excited to see how she finds out what's next for her. 


I met Pattie and we were instant friends. After further research, we discovered that we shared a great many things in common: We are the same Myers-Briggs personality type, or at least we were when we met. We both appreciate the finer, more literary things in life, and we both have a knack for sending motivational texts in all capital letters.