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Snapshots of Summer

*At the most recent meeting of NBA (Neglectful Bloggers Anonymous)…*

Hi.  I’m Sarah and it’s been six months since my last blog post.

“Hi, Sarah”


My deepest apologies.  It probably has seemed like we have, more or less, dropped off the face of the earth.  Rest assured, we haven’t.  Life has continued on as it always does and blog posts sometimes just don’t make the cut when prioritizing how to spend our days. While the road is paved with good intentions, the internet and computer access seem to be constantly under construction.

While the last few months have been a bit of a settling in period for getting used to “daily life without Josh” (more on that transition in an upcoming post), we had a wonderful summer filled with tons of time around family and friends.  Through graduation parties and baseball games, we crossed paths with many people who made a huge effort to make us feel welcome and loved in our respite months of summer. Here’s a sampling of some of the memories…

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As we reflect back on all the people we were able to see, we see how blessed we are to have such a diverse group of people who share in our ministry and support us in so many ways. We are thankful for each and every one of you…pictured or not!

Stay tuned for future posts about some other summer activities, updates about Josh and our family, and what is happening here at Alliance Academy International.  I promise it won’t be six months until the next communication. Until then…


Snapshots of hope

After the events of the past two weeks, the first follow-up blog post seems so monumental…so important…especially in light of literally thousands of people who have visited this page to learn more about Steve.

To be honest, we have a multitude of things we want to say – but we’re still processing how to say them.

We are trying to figure out how to explain the depth and breadth of how we have been loved and cared for as a family.

How do you say thank you to people who cared for your kids when you were over two thousand miles away?

How do you put into words what you have learned, how you already know the areas you want to improve in your own life, how you can take away hope from something so tragic?

How can you have so many thoughts in your head while having none at all when you sit at the keyboard?

There are moments we want to share, glimpses of the hand of God at work, stories of the hands and feet of Jesus all waiting to be put to words.

But, for now, we will share pictures with the thought that, for starters, you will see how hope shines through in the form of God’s creation, the generosity in the sharing of housing, food, flowers, and fellowship, and the love of family and friends, both near and far.

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“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15: 13 

Grateful for each and every one of you….

Brad and Sarah, Josh, jacob, and Tessa