They were just exploring the wonders of being in a family, home less than a year. Some were learning to use utensils for the first time, riding in cars for the first time, trying to figure out why it was “raining” in the house and their new parents wanted them to stand in the “rain.”…Read more How Great is our God – Kenya Connection Team 2017
One of the greatest joys of my recent trip to Kenya was sharing the experience with two of my children, Justin age 17 and Jacob age 20. I tried to capture some of the wonder I felt in a previous blog entry: Meeting Myself There. Because of Justin's most unexpected surgery, Tommy John to repair…Read more Why do slums exist in Kenya?
With exceedingly great joy, I'm heading to Kenya next week! In so many ways it's a dream coming true. I last co-lead a team to Kenya in 2012, desperately missed being there for four years until I was able to visit last summer, and this year I'm again co-leading a Hope's Promise Connection Team. We'll…Read more Switching Gears – Studio (& Life) Update
Another Day in Kenya - Chapter 19 Emma's Garden Rosslyn Academy enveloped us in a safe haven of gentle healing, a tangible experience of God's Presence and tender care. However, between the adoption hearing and the verdict, in early August, the missionary family returned. Once again, we needed a place to live. Through friends of…Read more Another Day in Kenya – Chapter 19 & Epilogue
For many of us in America, November fills us with profound gratitude for family, whether those we received at birth, or those we choose, or those who choose us. The loved ones with whom we gather on Thanksgiving Day are a gift beyond measure. And so I want to take this opportunity to share a…Read more The Miracle of Family
The first time I witnessed a batik wax stamp process in Kenya in 2010, it catapulted me back in time and across the world: away from the warmth of equatorial sun into a university printmaking studio artificially warmed against winter cold; far from the fragrance of lush green growing landscape into the heady odor of…Read more Can’t Believe I Get to Do This!
When I hold them in my hands now that I am home, each one represents a world unto itself. They transport me to a time outside time, when I was so enthralled I forgot to eat, drink, or relate to the outside world. Each tiny bead represents a human's touch, a woman far away... and yet…Read more Small and Beautiful
Please forgive me if you are seeing this post for a second time - there was a technical glitch with email delivery on my first attempt, so I am re-posting. I am very excited to announce a new blog I am writing and to invite you to join me there as well: Welcome to the new Pamba…Read more New Pamba Toto blog! (2)
One of the biggest thrills of my life was creating the Shine Like Stars exhibit last year. In a last blaze of glory, the stars will shine one more time on Saturday, Aug 13 in my dear friend's backyard. We are dedicating a tent to display and sell the artwork, with 100% of profits returning…Read more Stars & Butterflies
As friends know and readers have probably guessed from recent posts, I traveled to Kenya last month. From start to finish, it was a journey of overflowing joy. When I left Kenya in 2012, I felt I heard clearly from the Lord,"Stay." Stay in the US, don't travel to Kenya. So I felt I needed a…Read more A Heart Overflowing