Insights into these Shoes' Soul

Welcome to our blog! You'll get glimpses into the fabric of our lives... find out what is happening in our family, learn what our latest adjustment is to life in the US, find out what is going on in our minds, see what makes us smile, and hear what makes us tick. You'll also get ministry updates! We hope these insights into our souls will make you smile, keep you informed and challenge you to pray for us.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hope for Kidz packets are in the mail!

It's been a busy week at RMI!  After much work, blood, sweat, tears, and the work of many volunteers, the Hope for Kidz packets for the upcoming 2009-2010 school year are now in the mail. 

Hope for Kidz packets in the mail a

We are excited about the new look of the materials.  We also think you'll be pleased at the new information that is enclosed with each child's packet. 

Marilyn McLaughlin and her team in Haiti did a fantastic job of getting the pictures and all the needed info.  Rob did a great job of re-designing the new look and all the information that now comes with the packets.  There are 3,000 kids up for sponsorship!  What a great opportunity to change a child's life forever.  Let's pull together to see that each child gets sponsored!

And a special thank you to all of the Hope for Kidz Coordinators.  We appreciate your efforts to get the word out and finding these kidz sponsors!


The latest edition of theBridge is out!

theBridge front page Spring 2009_0001

The latest edition of RMI's theBridge is in the mail.  It is jam-packed with news items, useful information and touching stories.  Please take time to read it - you'll find that it will be time well spent.

You can also find it at  If you are not on RMI's mailing list and wish to get theBridge to keep informed on the Sister Church Program, get ideas for your Sister Church Partnership and learn about the latest happenings in RMI, please call the RMI office toll-free at 877-RMI-5439.


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Devon's big announcement

June 3 Devon came over for a birthday steak dinner.  I guess Dan did a fantastic job on the steaks because he ate and ate!  Since this was his 22nd birthday, he decided that it was the perfect occasion to make his special announcement.  He said that now that he was turning 22, it was probably time that he "grew up", matured, etc....and that he decided it was time to get brand new Crocs.  We were shocked, surprised, happy and relieved.  Now, if you know Devon, this is a momentous decision.  For several years now, he's taken great pride is his mis-matched (yes, one tan and one black), used, abused, cracked and falling apart Crocs.  They have been one of his trademarks.


They even have extra "vents" that have developed.


The one issue he said in his announcement was that he'd be getting the new Crocs when he got the money together to buy them, then he added that the ones he wanted were camoflaged color/designed and were on sale at the Bass Pro Shop.  What a kid.  So, after recovering from the shock and awe, we sent his sister and he to the Bass Pro Shop with our ATM card to get his crocs.  [We hadn't gotten him anything because he wouldn't tell us what he wanted!]


Happy Birthday Devon!!!  We love you!  Enjoy the new Crocs!  (At least they match!  Wonder how many years these will last?)