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Breanna’s House of Joy (Thailand)

Knowing how much I enjoy writing, Dave often asks why I don’t blog more and has been nudging me to blog our trip. I love to express feelings in words but sometimes the feelings are so full there aren’t words enough to express them. Friends ask “How was Thailand?!” but how do you to express “shattering” in 30 words or less while your kids run circles around you in the school lobby or church sanctuary?

You see there’s this deep ache in me for what’s real. Raw experience of true beauty. For 10 days chronos time seemed to stand still while kairos time swept me (and my camera) into its transcendent current. You emerge from that a little dazed, like after a really good dream, and it’s the waking up what makes the dream sweeter.

There was a lot of waking up for our family in Thailand. Waking up 12 hours ahead. Waking up our senses to a culture and climate so very different than our own. Waking up our hearts to the hurts, struggles and triumphs of 32 little women half a world away.

The girls at Breanna’s House of Joy – they’re why we went. Not because they need us…because we need them.

Over our two week school break this month we traveled to Chaing Mai, Thailand with two other families from our school plus a friend of one family (ours now too!). This trip was born out of conversations about wanting to expose our kids to need/want and cultivate in them a heart of service. Those conversations materialized in a week long mission of love that allowed each team member to express their tenderness for the girls at BHJ through their particular gifting.

It’s no secret how I express love and I hope you can read my heart in these images.

The self-portrait never taken but forever remembered was me in the mirror the night of our tearful parting. The girls had covered my dress with stickers and my forearm with friendship bracelets all day that last day. As I stood in the mirror looking at their little gifts, tears flowed free.

The things that shatter you, change you.

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  1. Acacia

    April 4th, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Sitting here at my desk with my own small puddle… listening to Greg Brown sing “Hey Baby Hey” as I look at your picture story… ending with portraits in their best clothes… a picture of heaven dressed in all His glory… longing for my kids to meet God’s heart in the hearts of other… sometimes it takes the foreign to pierce a heart encased in the everyday of normal… so encouraged to bare witness to your piercing… may it be permanent and may the scar of it dangle all the beauty it can possibly bare for all the world to see… thank you! -acacia

  2. akmurga@yahoo.com

    April 24th, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Good gracious! Your beautiful words just washed over me. Thank you for this benediction and your loving support. You are such a blessing in my life.

  3. Mary Lee Moritz

    April 5th, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Amy, words cannot express the deep gratitude we feel as we read your blog and see the stunning photographic journal of your Trip to Thailand. Thank you so much for investing your heart and passion into our girls, staff, and friends. Thank you for sponsoring our precious Natti. You and your team had a huge impact on Breanna’s House of Joy in such a short time. We hope to see your there some time!

  4. akmurga@yahoo.com

    April 24th, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Mary – this is such a kindness. I feel we received so much more than we gave. I needed these girls and am so grateful for the ministry of love you and Bill began in Breanna’s memory…beauty from ashes. It was such a privilege to bear witness to the fruit of that love in the lives of these girls. I do hope to return!

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