The Fight to Rest

Last weekend during our time in Virginia we heard a heart-stirring message on the Storms of Life. I was reminded that we are all facing something and while some burdens are larger than others, pain is a fact of life. How do we deal with that pang of loneliness, dashed expectations, or despair? Where do […]



I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the past few weeks with my family. So many opportunities to join them in their exciting endeavors! Planting the garden with David was a highlight. One gardening project was to transplant half a dozen new strawberry plants. As I carried the plant on my shovel to its new location, it […]

A House of Prayer


“It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer.” – Matthew 21:13 I am so grateful to work at a ministry where prayer is integrated into our everyday work lives. Who would imagine allowing their employees to pray during work hours? Yet hasn’t it been said that prayer is the greater work? Last Thursday we gathered together to lift up […]

It’s a Boy!


On April 7 at 7:47pm, weighing 7lb 4oz, Joshua Lawrence Staddon gave the world another reason to rejoice. We praise the Lord for giving Kendalyn strength for the delivery and a happy, healthy baby. Thank you all for your prayers! Ironically, on Monday before the name had been announced, several of us happened to be […]

Psalm 20

The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah; grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. We will rejoice […]

February Blessings


Some highlights this past month included seeing children grow closer to the Lord at Bible Club, watching the Lord provide volunteers to continue the work in the schools, skating on Chicago’s new ice ribbon (pictured  above), making marshmellows with Sauntina, attending CEF training, family times at Robert and Kendalyn’s, discovering Sweet Tomatoes (A new favorite […]

Beeswax Candles – Pros; No Cons

Beeswax candles actually clean the air rather than fill it with pollutants as petroleum-based paraffin candles do, benefiting those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, and asthma. The high melting point of beeswax results in a burn time 2-5 times longer than other candles. This high melting point also results in very little dripping, if any, which suits the taper candles as a […]

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