On Returning Home


An athlete on a trapeze wanting to switch to the next trapeze has to let go of the current one to reach the next one. For a few seconds the athlete is just suspended in air with nothing to hold on to.

When you leave the culture where you have been serving a term and start home, you also find yourself in the same position. You have left one place, and you are not yet in another. You are not where (and who) you were, but you are not yet where (and who) you will be. There is nothing to hold on to, and you may feel confused and disoriented.

This quote was from an article from “Missionary Care” about missionaries returning home.


As we prepare to fly back to Pennsylvania this weekend, we definitely feel this. The confusion and disorientation of leaving one “home” to go to your old “home”. Ahead of us is the unknown. We don’t know exactly what life will look like and that can be quite unsettling.


We have to leave behind a beautiful village that we’ve fallen in love with. We’ll be leaving one place we love and heading to a home we love and miss. But we’ve changed. Home has changed. Our children will say goodbye to friends this friday and see old friends, friends they have missed, next week.


As we walk through the town for the final time, saying goodbye to the local butcher, the girls that work at the cafe, the sweet teachers from the school, our YWAM community and all of the friends we’ve made over the past 2 years here in Northern Ireland.  They will be sorely missed!  We will miss the friendly “Hi-ya!” each time we walk past strangers on the street. We will miss our wee village at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.

We appreciate your prayers for our family as we finish our goodbyes and prepare for “welcome home!”




The word “bittersweet” describes how we feel perfectly.

As our 6 year old says;  “I’m happy-sad-ish. I’m a little confused.” Me too, buddy, me too.


Bittersweet, how true, so we set our hopes on the sweetness of homecoming.

Jumping Back in to Homeschooling for 2015-2016

Since living in Northern Ireland we’ve had our children in “public” school. They school systems are very different here and your options are usually Catholic school or “Integrated” schools.

An Integrated school’s goal is to bring together students from the Catholic and Protestant sides in Northern Ireland.

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Our children’s school has been great! I joke that it’s like sending our children to private school without the monthly bills. The children learn basic bible stories and values, they focus on literacy, maths and the arts. For the last 2 years our children have loved their school but as we plan to return to America we were faced with the difficult choice of what to do about our children’s education.


After long discussions and prayer we’ve decided to jump back in to Homeschooling!  So you will begin seeing Homeschooling posts again here at Hey, Donna. I can’t tell you how much peace and excitement this decision has given us. I’m looking forward to re-joining all of my favorite homeschool bloggers and writing about our homeschool adventures along the way. We’ll be learning along the way and things might get messy but I hope you’ll tag along for the ride.


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I’ve already been busy researching curriculums and I can’t wait to share our plans!  Have you been thinking about homeschooling? Are you already homeschooling? I’d love to hear from you and get to know other homeschooling moms. Introduce yourself in the comments below.

Decluttering the STUFF and Finding Freedom by Having Less

Today I climbed out of my bed and had a huge burst of energy.  This.is.not.normal!  I felt motivated so I decided to dive into my big (dreaded) project: Decluttering the stuff and getting ready to pack again!

Decluttering the STUFF

Luckily, we don’t own very much. We sold nearly everything before we left. We packed up 16 bags and hopped over the pond to Northern Ireland. We tried our best to keep clutter out of our house knowing that one day we’d have to pack it all up again.

Decluttering the STUFF and Find Freedom by Having LESS

How Have We Stayed Un-cluttered?

  • I don’t make many mindless-purchases
  • We’ve never even decorated our apartment *gasp*
  • There’s no Target to “window shop” in (we all know no one can really just window shop at Target!)
  • We live on a tight budget – our spending choice have drastically changed!

As you can imagine we haven not accumulated very much over the past 2 years and it feels great!

Unavoidable Clutter

Despite our best efforts, clutter does sneak in, birthday present for the kids, books, hand-me-downs and paperwork all find their way into our house. Now we have just 4 weeks left to go through our things and declutter so we can pack everything back up.

Today with my new-found energy I tackled my wardrobe. I ended up with a HUGE pile of clothes to donate and pared down my wardrobe to a simple collection for the summer. I did the same for the kids and went through most of their toys with them and they each have a good amount of toys to gift to the other missionary kids here.

When we were preparing to move to Ireland this process was months long – We had SO MUCH STUFF! We had boxes and boxes of saved STUFF,  bins of craft supplies, fabric, books, old baby toys, clothes (some from high school). All of this STUFF had become a burden. We sold everything over the course of 2 months and felt such a sense of relief when it was GONE!

Find freedom by having LESS

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Our BIG Transition & Help for the Overwhelmed Mamas


We’re preparing for a big transition this summer – returning to America after spending nearly 2 years in Northern Ireland volunteering with Youth with a Mission. This transition means many changes for our family; my husband will return to full-time work, we will be homeschooling our 2 children in the fall and I will return to being a stay-at-home mom (plus continuing to work-at-home!). Much of this transition seems overwhelming and stressful if I think about it too much.

Having Kevin back at work full-time will be a big change for all of us. For the past 2 years he has been around so much more. He comes home for lunch and often picks the kids up from school. He’s helped with the housework and made dinner many nights. Homeschooling is a HUGE job that will require so much more planning and patience on my part. On top of that I’m supposed to keep a tidy house, right? 

For several years I’ve been blessed to be “surrounded” but a great group of encouraging Christian bloggers online. They have encouraged me in my parenting during the “little” years, held my hand when we first started homeschooling and they’ve lifted our family in prayer during our time in full-time ministry.

These bloggers have authored blog posts that have encouraged and inspired thousand and many of them have released ebooks for moms that I’ve read and loved.

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