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Stories – The Framework of Our Lives

“I was four years old when my father placed all our worldly goods into a covered wagon and we headed out from Minnesota to North Dakota.” This was my great grandmother’s story handed down to me through the women in my family. It resonated with my eleven-year-old self as we loaded everything we owned into a metal shipping container bound for Swaziland, Africa, the day my mother informed me we’d be moving to this tiny little kingdom floating in the space between Mozambique and South Africa.

All we knew about our future home were the two paragraphs we found in our red hardbound World Book Encyclopedia. The encyclopedia went into the container. I remember because I’d spent many quiet days reading them cover-to-cover in the lonely days that crept into every adventure. The stories of my parents’ childhood and the family on the other side of the ocean helped me place myself on the map of the hard working, adventurous women in my life who’d ventured into the unknown with little more than perseverance and prayer.

Head on over to Fathom Magazine for the rest of the story. . .

This month Fathom is looking at stories this month in their latest issue, how we share them, tell them, receive them. It’s an honor to participate in this conversation.  As I’ve crossed through trauma, travel and the journey of faith, stories have been a universal language, the place where heart, mind and spirit intersect.

Thank you to the Fathom Magazine crew for their focus on this powerful element of human expression.

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He got so much more than simply words, just as importantly he felt the bond of friendship and peace of Christ lived out in this precious family. .
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The Pont Du Gard is a Roman aqueduct built in 1st century AD to carry water 31 miles from a spring in Uzes to the Roman colony at Nimes. 
It's engineering is an obvious marvel, part of the wonder is simply that it's still standing. What fascinates me is how many of the rectangular, honeycomb, yellow, limestone, bricks have made it in to the ancient churches and homes all around us. Locals proudly show you the parts of the Pont that have been recycled by their ancient ancestors. Once you know what to look for you notice how many of the foundations of these local villages are built out of the building blocks of their one time conquerors.  Creative destruction at its best? .
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The kids stamina has really increased, they hiked a couple of kilometers in Marseille and enjoyed watching the bikes but they also loved giving daddy an experience after receiving so many great ones in return. For Christmas years ago, Nate took Sophia (three at the time) through the Musee D'Orsay so I could linger and enjoy the Monet's,  Mattise and Renoir's. 
One of my favorite parts of family travel is when we're able to give the gift of delight to each other. We will all walk a bit longer, look a bit harder, wait in the heat just so this person can have that smile, the story they'll never forget. It's not every day and it can be as simple as waiting up for the bumper cars or hunting for endives in the market. It's a language of love that we're discovering together.

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