The Stehlik Chronicles

family life

  • “All the Way My Savior Leads Me”: Looking Back at 2013


    As the last waves of this year roll up on shore, I steal a few quiet moments to reflect on what has been a uniquely intense season of life. We have all felt it in our own ways- Paul, me and the litter of man-cubs that are growing up in the thick of it. Coming [...]

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  • Remembering Home


    Approximately eleven months ago, my parents drove us and what was left of our worldly belongings to the airport in Dallas, Texas and watched us fly away to the other side of the world. We’ve called lots of things “hard” about moving to Africa- from driving, to language learning, from insufficient Mexican food to inconsistent [...]

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  • All the Things and the One Thing


    Some of my favorite things about living in Musanze, lately: 1. Lively conversations with Tate (TAH tay), the umukecuru (old woman), who also lives in our compound. She doesn’t speak English, but she teaches me something everyday and I cook her potatoes to eat and the mutual affection runs deep. 2. Hot showers! Thanks to [...]

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  • An Exchange Program… of sorts. Not really. But kind of.


    Anyone who knows me knows there are a couple of things that I get all fired up about and perhaps even a little “John the Baptisty” about, and one of those things is children who are in need- and particularly the responsibility we share as followers of Christ to care for them. And not so [...]

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  • Two Windows to One Gift


    It is my four year old who places a window beautifully in front of me that I might see the very face of God. In the hustle and business of the morning routine we all scurry and scatter between breakfast and backpacks. Paul walks by the computer, turns on a song. And drum beat sets [...]

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  • Letters on life…


    Dear West Dallas Community School, thank you for a fantastic first two months of school for the Stehlik family. Even though Noah may scrunch his nose and ask, “What’s the big idea with me having to eat green beans for lunch almost every day?” I am secretly very pleased. Dear music class of George W. [...]

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  • Feeling grateful for feeling lousy…


    Yesterday I got to participate in one of nature’s great weight loss programs, by which of course I mean I got a stomach bug and threw my guts up all evening. Fever. Misery. My old arch nemesis nausea… the whole nine yards. Fortunately today I am back in the land of the living. The wiped [...]

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  • Museums and Firetrucks


    Yesterday was book-ended by two very different experiences for our family. One was yesterday afternoon, when Paul and I took the boys to the Dallas Museum of Art for a few hours. I will spare you the details of how I almost had to throw down with the staff member who checked us in, due [...]

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  • In the spirit of celebrating thanksgiving…


    Thank you kids of West Dallas- Thank you for keeping it real. When you saw me headed out on a walk for some exercise, you lovingly reminded me to “do squats- don’t let those hips get big.” Thank you for accepting me as I am. When I come rolling through the apartments in my minivan [...]

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  • Next stop: the end of the world


    All of the illness and moving craziness, coupled with the kickoff of the official sponsor of vacations- also known as “spring break”- have left me just itching to get away with Paul to some remote little place and totally unwind for days. Since that is not possible right now, I made the obvious choice for [...]

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