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A Week in Spain

Recently, I spent a week in Spain as a volunteer with Vaughan Town. My purpose was to help Spaniards who were already fairly fluent in English to improve their speech.

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Norah’s Voice

My niece was born with a rare genetic disorder which causes her to stop breathing when she falls asleep. This is a letter to her about the first time I heard her cry and about how her story is impacting others.

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Broken and Beautiful, Part 2

Our family’s trip to Haiti with the Global Orphan Project showed me the importance of being okay with not being okay. This is Part 2 of my reflections.

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Broken and Beautiful, Part 1

Our family’s trip to Haiti with the Global Orphan Project showed me the importance of being okay with not being okay.

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Dissolving Disappointment on Mother’s Day

“Okay, that’s it. I’m not going to be disappointed on Mother’s Day again.” This was me talking to myself last year (2014) as I cooked breakfast for my family and no one even said “Happy Mother’s Day…”

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Sethea’s Prayer

What Sethea wants her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren to know about love and marriage.

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Standing Up for His Beliefs

Ken has experienced real change through his faith, and he’ll fight to defend each person’s freedom to believe.

Graduation Day

Seth shares about the day he graduated college and one of his favorite memories about Ken—his dad and best friend.

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Shelsea shares about wrecking her first car—a birthday gift from her parents—and how Ken’s response reveals some of the qualities she loves most about him.

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Capturing Christmas

Shanté wasn’t expecting to find a film crew waiting for her when she showed up for family Christmas, but the experience made the Barun family’s holiday one to remember.

They’ll Wait

Seth shares a comical story about attempting to get the bride and the girls to Ken and Sethea’s wedding on time as well as some of his favorite things about Sethea.

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How God Works

Through a series of seemingly coincidental events, Sethea’s sister found faith and a miracle.

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On the Runway

The Baruns were models for a day to raise money to fight breast cancer.

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Spiritual Growth

After Ken became a Christian, he and Sethea learned how to make God part of their daily lives.

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The Man with the Mustache

Ken, a new McDonald’s executive, and Sethea, a beautiful barber, meet and fall in love at the company’s headquarters.

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Meeting Jesus

Ken knew he was still missing something, but he never would have guessed he would find it through faith in Christ. Ken met Paul Saber in 1987 at a charity race. They were riding in […]

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Olympic VIP’s

Sometimes Ken and Sethea just marvel at all the amazing opportunities they’ve had.

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The Two-Chair Shop

Sethea becomes the owner of McClip, a small barbershop inside the McDonald’s headquarters.

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A Changed Perspective

Once Sethea developed a relationship with God, she began to view her life differently.

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Give It to God

How one client’s words made an eternal impact on Sethea’s life.

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It Paid Off

A critical barber teacher, a loving mother, a dedicated mentor, and plain hard work led Sethea to winning first place in the state barber competition of 1979.

Whatever It Takes

Ken loses everything and finds himself living on the streets, desperate to get off of drugs.

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Music on the Battlefield

For Roey Diefendorf, his grandfather’s development of the Argonne Players displays a powerful legacy of finding creative solutions to difficult problems.

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Living a Century, Part 2

Part 2 of a creative nonfiction piece commemorating Grandpa Max’s life. In memory of my great-grandfather, Charles Maxwell Overholt, November 16, 1912 – March 25 2013.

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Living a Century, Part 1

A creative nonfiction piece commemorating Grandpa Max’s life. In memory of my great-grandfather, Charles Maxwell Overholt, November 16, 1912 – March 25 2013.