crossing oceans to move mountains {may 2017}

ELEVEN DAYS before the girls get off the plane and arrive in Jacksonville, Florida. The girls are messaging us daily asking about what to pack, tips about going through customs….and telling us over and over again how they can’t believe it’s really happening. This next week is quite busy for us as we prepare for…

following along the red sea road {february 2017}

truly can’t believe that we are moving into our FOURTH summer. As I look at the girls in these pictures, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to know them and their stories.  All nine of them have participated in our Greatest Exchange adventure. Their lives are changed- the trajectory of their future is different.  Their…

and we’re back {december 2016}

and we’re back! We are back safe and sound, and had an amazing trip to KZ.  We are so grateful for a FRUITFUL (and fun!) trip to see so many people that we love! First and foremost. there was something different about this trip.  After going back and forth now for the 5th time- to…

here we go again! {november 2016}

“I’m so happy that I spend this summer here. It allowed me to meet some wonderful people. This summer changed me…we will never be the same.” {Aiman, Summer 2016} We are still so humbled and grateful for the relationships we have built. Our world has become just a little smaller, as pieces of our heart…

celebrating the season {september 2016}

praises and celebrating the season. ““This was literally the best summer in my life. I’m so thankful. My favorite part about the whole program is that you all give such big opportunities to Kazakh girls, and make their heart bigger and give the feeling that every dream is real.  I want everybody in The Greatest…

summer 2016 recap.

To say we had a jam-packed summer would be an understatement!  We visited Disney and Sea World, served at VBS, played games with our host families, cooked enough Kazakh food to feed an army (literally!) and spent hours talking late into the night.  What a joy it was throughout the course of the summer to…

paying it forward. {july 2016)

Two and a half weeks.  That’s how much longer these girls are with us here in Jacksonville. Tomorrow will be nine weeks since they’ve arrived.  We so wish that you all could be there for every single step and witness the journey that these girls go on.  The fear and nervousness when they step off…

you’re invited to the night of celebration!

It’s that time again!  Mark your calendars to join us for our annual Night of Celebration.  This year’s will be held on Friday, August 12th at 6pm in Twenty Mile Park at Nocatee. Please RSVP HERE so we know how much food to prepare.  The girls will be cooking and serving traditional Kazakh food.  An…

one month in! {june 2016}

  As all of our Greatest Exchange family has navigated the adventures so far, I’ve been humbled by their generosity, love, grace, and faith. These host families, support families and prayer warriors-they are my heroes. What a whirlwind it has been over the last month. I say that because today marks exactly ONE MONTH of…

they’re really here! {june 2016}

It is with the fullest heart that I’m excited to share this update with all of you. The last three weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least.  For those of you who have walked life closely with us, thank you all for your prayers and support.  We truly have been humbled by the support…