After repeated suggestions to rename Passion for Orphans, I finally feel up for the task.Renaming and rebranding is no easy feat.P4O gets negative feedback on the name.So, it’s simply time. Then there’s Mavuno Market.As we are about to hand off the Donor Relations position, we will no longer have connection to Mavuno Village, so the […]

5th Retreat

This year is our 2nd year hosting the Passion for Orphans retreat in Beaver Creek. The Charter is the perfect destination. After 2 years at the YMCA in Estes and 1 year at Aloft in Broomfield,  it’s nice to find a place that works … and is perfect in almost every way! This year, CC […]

P4O retreat

2016 – Beaver Creek, Colorado.It worked so well last year … we’re going to do it again!  and again, and again.The Charter, every year. We have aligned the planning team – Bethel, Erin, Rebecca, and myself.Amanda will help – and will emcee.Celina has all but phased out. We have a aligned the speakers.Sophie Hartman is […]

P4O # 4

This year was our 4th Passion for Orphans retreat. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was excited about our new location … Beaver Creek. The Charter. Peak weekend for fall colors. I knew I wanted Jody Landers and Lisa Qualls to come back.As it turned out, Rebecca Vahle also spoke.And we had 3 ladies […]

Beaver Creek

We have been visiting potential locations for the 2015 Passion for Orphans retreat.It’s a good excuse to get out of town .. and into the mountains. The last weekend in September, we visited the Charter in Beaver Creek.This weekend brings us to Beaver Creek / Arrowhead Village. The Vail Valley is simply breathtaking.It’s nice to […]

Vision and Values

Vision and values are critical to life and ministry.Without vision, a marriage or ministry is easily led off track.I can absolutely attest to this!There have been times when Steve and I have lost site of where we are going (vision)… only to find ourselves in significant conflict.Vision keeps us on the same path … moving […]


Vision.It’s absolutely critical.Sometimes, it seems that we lose our way.We don’t know where we are going … why … or how.It becomes necessary to re-evaluate.That’s where we are now. As a family, we are asking hard questions.We’re digging deep for the answers.What do we want to be about?  What do we value? Steve is thankful […]

Finding Hope and Healing in Brokenness

This past weekend was our 3rd Passion for Orphans retreat.We were at Aloft in Broomfield, near Boulder.50 ladies joined us this time, with 10 of those ladies commuting for various parts of the weekend. Our theme was Hope and Healing.I loved this theme because I myself have experienced much healing …and my hope is certain. […]

Hope and Healing

I’ve been working on my teaching for the Passion for Orphans retreat. The theme is Hope and Healing.I’ve been struggling to find the words that I want to say … There are some days that the brokenness of my own life is so overwhelming,I feel like I’m drowning in the emotional fall-out from it.I fail […]

Local Newspaper

About a year ago, I asked a writer at the Castle Rock News-Press to do an article on Mavuno Market.She said no.She said that unless we were doing something to serve Douglas County, she wasn’t interested.Hmmm …. Well, she is no longer the lead writer.So, I asked the new guy who has filled her shoes […]