What’s in a name

What’s in a name? Looking at pictures of Zoe, even if I didn’t know her, I could see the life in her – in her eyes, in her posture, in her being. She exudes life, just as her name in Greek means life. Matti is no less energetic, but is also a great hugger. Like most babies transitioning to toddlerhood, she wants to be on the move…but she’ll spare a great hug from time to time, and often in her high chair or in your arms, puckers for a kiss. Early on, Sandi and I started the tradition of a kiss after praying. First, Zoe wanted in on it and now Matti leans forward in her chair after we say grace, lower lip stuck out in her version of pucker and says, "mmmmm" until someone responds to her invitation, or invitations, as this can continue for some time. One gift of life, one gift of love. What’s in a name? Maybe more than I thought.

With our 1 and 3 year olds, we’re on the brink of overseas move #6 in half as many years. This time, we’ll end up in Palau, near Guam in the South Pacific. It’s been phenomenal year in Germany, but we’re looking forward to putting our noses to the grindstone of mission aviation once again. For more info, see our personal blog: spookyandphantom.wordpress.com.


One response to “What’s in a name”

  1. Donna,

    I have received your name from my father in law (Ron Washer with ABWE) through Ambroise at CCEF in the course of a conversation about French language school in Albertville and possibly using the post-9/11 GI bill to fund it. I finally found who I think is the right Douglass family (based on what I read from your blog!) I hear preliminary and vague reports that you had some success with this?

    We have just been appointed to Togo and are starting prefield ministry here in the next few weeks with the goal of being medical missionaries at the hospital there. After 4 years as a surgeon for the AF, I am separating from AD with the AF here in two weeks. I am familiar with the VA website for GI bill benefits but haven’t got much further than reading that foreign schools are eligible but you have to take up each one on a case by case basis to get them approved. Any advice, input, information, contacts (emails/phone numbers), application forms, etc. you can point me to would be appreciated! I would love to take full advantage of it–tuition, housing etc. Whatever you have learned would be greatly appreciated. Based on your career, I am sure you appreciate the fact that the best source of information is from those who have done it themselves rather than the “official” channels most of the time!

    Thanks in advance,

    Tom Kendall

    TOM! – thanks for letting us be a part of your road with the Lord to Togo! A friend of ours is actually the Civil Engineer who built the hospital – coincidence or small miracle where God has chosen to remain anonymous? 🙂 I (Slick) emailed you – would love to talk soon.

    In His grip,

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