There are so many things that make this world a very ugly place to live, especially lately. But we’ve never been ones to give up. We feel that the only thing to do is try to make the world a better place. Our family has found a lot of joy in reaching out to others. We’ve volunteered in many places, especially women’s shelters and refugee centers. When the world gets ugly, we don’t know what else to do but respond with love. Using our love and not our fear has brought our family very close. Love only grows when it’s shared.

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This is a picture of our kids at a refugee center in Idaho, meeting new friends from Congo, Iraq, Iran, and Eritrea. My kids have taught me more about love than anyone else in my life. I am so grateful for their ability to love.