What Is Your Purpose?

What is your purpose? Do you know? I have asked myself this question over and over again, and the answer has changed throughout my life. When I was in middle school, my main two purposes were to eat a ton of food and attract the attention of pretty girls. I won't say which of the … Continue reading What Is Your Purpose?

3 Takeaways From “Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It”

At the beginning of the month, Katherine Reynolds Lewis wrote a piece for NPR titled, "Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It." As a father and a teacher, I found this issue to be of double importance to me. The article is definitely worth a read. Here are my three main … Continue reading 3 Takeaways From “Why Children Aren’t Behaving, And What You Can Do About It”

The Noise

The first time my wife went on a road trip with my brother and me back in college, she was overwhelmed by all of the noise. It was our habit to blast alternative rock as loud as possible, sing along, and then engage in intermittent discussion without turning down the music. Sitting in the back … Continue reading The Noise

Microwave Prayers

"I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night." - "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin Today this song was played in church, and as tears welled up in my eyes, I was transported back to one of the most … Continue reading Microwave Prayers

OPERATION: Thanksgiving in Africa

A throwback to our 2011 Thanksgiving experience in Africa.

Into the Heartland


 Written By: Special Agent Jillian Leigh Hunt


To Recreate a Favorite American Holiday on the Other Side of the World.


Plan and Shop for all Necessary Supplies in Order to Cook a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal for Around (10) People.


Limited Budget, Non-Working Oven, Propane for Gas Stove Might or Might Not Last the Entire Day, Electricity Might or Might Not Stay on the Entire Day, Make Necessary Substitutions for American Ingredients Not Available in Uganda.

MENU: (3) Chickens, Stuffing, Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Garlic-Lemon Green Beans with Toasted Cashews, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Carrots, Creamed Corn, Chocolate Coconut Pie, and Warm Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream.



Once we realized it was already November (!!!), the other volunteers in the house realized we needed to start planning for Thanksgiving! Such a food centered holiday would take…

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