Sweet Corn Maja

{First, some sad news. There was a major earthquake in Cebu on Tuesday. While the kids and workers at CSC are safe, there are so many people in this familiar-to-me corner of the Philippines that need help to recover and rebuild. I so appreciate your ... Read More →

Banana Que

Banana Cue

This was one of my craziest and most fun days in the Philippines. And it is without a double THE MOST delicious snack. We made these golden fried brown sugar sticky bananas when my friend Angie was visiting Bjork and me in Cebu. I took advantage of having ... Read More →


Filipino Humba

Ok, so humba. I feel pretty comfortable calling this my favorite Filipino food, although it's a close tie between this and Pancit. It is officially my favorite favorite when it is made in that hot little kitchen half way up a bumpy mountain road by the CSC ... Read More →


The Highlight Reel

Whenever a visitor, staff, child, or adoptive family leaves CSC to go back home, the kids sing a goodbye song and everyone hugs. Like literally, every kid hugs every person. That's 80+ hugs and yet somehow, for me, it went way too fast. In looking back at our ... Read More →

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When It’s All Said and Done

What was the best thing about the year? Okay, what!? How am I supposed to answer that? There were so many incredible things about this year that I will always remember with happy feelings. Like riding the motorcycle. Gosh, I loved that little thing. The ... Read More →


The Journey Home

I just ate one of my sister's citrus scones with butter and honey that was in the welcome home basket from my family and I'm wearing a grey hoodie because our house is just a little bit cold. Did you hear that? COLD. Some things about being home are really, ... Read More →


Our Cebu Photo Book

Between packing up our life, playing those last few goofball games with the kids, and sweating myself silly, I somehow found the time to stay up till one in the morning during our last week to make a Shutterfly photo book. So typical. I love Shutterfly, and ... Read More →


Growing Up

When we first came to the Philippines to work at this orphanage one year ago, I was totally enthralled with the babies. And some things do not change, in a year, orrr in a hundred years. I am still totally enthralled with the babies. The other day I was ... Read More →

Birthday in Cebu

A Philippines Birthday

Alrighty! As of yesterday, I'm 27 years old. And I have peace like a river in my soul, even though I'm getting wrinkles from laughing so much around these kids. Hallelujah is right. On Saturday, we headed out of town with some friends on the ... Read More →


This Is My Neighborhood

Boys wearing scarves and gloves and stickers on their faces. Kites. All the time. Barbed wire gates, a tangle of electrical lines, and hard working people. ... Read More →


The Market

It's 4am. I'm sitting on a bench in the back of a big white van, smushed up against our house mothers, older kids, wooden crates, woven baskets, and neon plastic buckets. We're making our way downtown into a mass of people, vegetables, and fish. This ... Read More →

Lunch Time

This is lunch time.

On today's menu: rice, fish, and rice. Lami kaayo! Thanks to our awesome friends Brad and Kirstin for filming, and if you want to keep up with more fun kid stuff from CSC, you can follow along on Facebook! ... Read More →


When friends come to the Philippines

They dress up as clowns. If they're cool. And my friend Angie is definitely cool. Even in the downtown city market, in the hottest and most bizarre situations, she stays cool. ... Read More →



I'm kind of embarrassed that I titled this post "cute" because cute is a very shallow way to describe these little ones, and all that they are, and all that they represent. There are so many layers to this place and these kids. But gosh, what can I say, ... Read More →


A Million Pictures of My Family

That sure sounds appealing, right? My family was in Cebu this week. Weeeeooo! They braved the 24+ hours of travel to Cebu so they could reconnect with my siblings' biological family, visit the orphanage we're working at, and experience our new normal ... Read More →