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The Gift of Caring

rachel november blog

One of the greatest blessings in my life is the gift of being a mother. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter three years ago, and I never could have prepared for the ways my life would change. I was so excited and a little anxious, too, but mainly I was grateful for the gift of nurturing a healthy child as I counted the days until her arrival. When Ruby was born in July 2016, my world got simultaneously bigger and smaller. Bigger, because God had created this brand new life—and she was now occupying space in our home! And smaller, because time slowed down substantially. We didn’t travel or even leave the house as much—at least not at first—so our biggest adventure was usually our daily walk around the neighborhood. Yet that new pace suited us just fine. Since Ruby was born, she has changed my life in so many ways. One of the things I feel most grateful for is the privilege of caring for her when she’s not well. Recently, when both she and I were down for the count with a diagnosis of croup, I reflected on one of my many visits to Ghana. […]

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Give Thanks

thanksgiving post

Give Thanks For each new morning with it’s light For rest and shelter of the night For health and food For love and friends For everything thy goodness sends. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson This week most of us will pause to give thanks for the things we have in our lives. Often however, we get caught up in the busyness of life and it takes a dedicated holiday for us to stop long enough to think about the things we take for granted. After visiting Ghana, many will tell you that it is hard to find perspective in a first world country knowing what the Touch A Life children have endured in their past. Do I really need that $5 coffee each morning, to have a new car every three years, wear the best designer clothes, and throw the most lavish parties to celebrate life? Don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with these things; I am merely stating that we should not just be thankful for the best of the best in our lives but the things we too often take for granted. The simple things like a new day, a place to lie down at night, a roof […]

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Understanding Freedom

rob blog

Do you ever think you know the definition of words but in fact have no idea?  This happens to me a lot. I often struggle with matching the right word with the right meaning. However, I felt confident I knew the true meaning of Freedom and Resilience.  The reality is, I did not. The dictionary tells us Freedom is the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved, having the right to act, speak, or think without hindrance or restraint.  Resilience is the capacity to recovery quickly from difficulties and toughness. On my recent trip to the Touch A Life Care Center I saw the true meaning of Freedom and Resilience when I met Emmanuel. I will never forget our arrival at the Care Center.  We had been traveling for many hours and as our van pulled up, many kids and adults came to welcome us with open arms.  After almost ten minutes of hugs, smiles, and introductions, I stepped back to take in my surroundings.  It was in that moment that I realized that I had a child still hugging me.  I looked down and saw the warm eyes and smile of Emmanuel. Over the course of the next couple […]

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Why Should You Go?

september blog rachel

Just around this time last year, I was boarding a plane to Ghana. It was my 14th trip to the country in just eight years, but, as I do each time I begin my travels to the Touch A Life Care Center, I felt like I was experiencing the trip for the very first time. The journey from Dallas to Accra is long, to be sure, but it was filled with anticipation and excitement as I prepared to head back to a place I consider to be a home away from home. Travel is one of the keys to understanding other perspectives and cultures. At Touch A Life we are often asked why a potential traveler should spend hard-earned money to travel abroad when he or she could give the money to our organization as a donation instead. This is a very valid question, one our team has pondered over and batted back and forth before coming to an answer. But we all concluded that while the donated funds are an incredible gift indeed, travel connects our supporters with the Touch A Life children in a profound and life-changing way. Our staff members always joke with travelers that they should […]

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