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The Fisherman



Kjeseth 8 [523330]There are moments that change the course of the rest of your life. Sometimes you aren’t even present when those moments come. Moments that change the DNA of your family. One such moment came with a fishing trip, an invitation, and Ted.

A gruff cement worker, wrinkled and ornery, with kind and mischievous eyes, Ted had a deep understanding that he had been saved from much. He came from a hard life, much of which he had created himself. He didn’t express his emotions; he didn’t hug; he didn’t have a problem telling you what was wrong with you. But he loved God, and showed it through many acts of service.

The Fishing Trip

When I was 9 years old, my father went on a fishing trip with a good friend. A group of men traveled to Canada, and set out each morning in boats, two by two. They were there to catch “the big one.” Little did my dad know that Ted had in mind a different kind of catch. Continue reading

The Surrogate

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And They Meet

The first thing I remember about my sister-in-law Kimmie was from my brother. One of his friends told me, “Phil had a date!” This was NOT an everyday occurrence. We are not a super communicative family, so I expect to be in the dark about these things. Of course, I called Phil immediately to get the dish.

“She has the most beautiful eyes,” he told me. I knew at that moment that he was toast!

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Kimmie & Phil

Phil arranged for me to meet Kimmie for the first time at Benihana with some mutual friends – as a buffer, I think, in case we didn’t get along. He was very smart about that. Yummy food and fun friends put me in a good mood. Not that I needed to be in a good mood to love Kimmie.

And Phil was right. She had beautiful eyes. And I was right. He was toast. Or better put, he had found his soulmate.

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Merry Christmas!


Hello precious ones,

I hope that everyone had a very merry Christmas! As we are approaching 2016, I wanted to introduce you to a brand new project that I am embarking on – I am calling it The Faithful Village.

In honor of this season in which we celebrate Jesus’ entrance into the world as a baby, I would like to honor Him with my very first post.

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