Scooters, Mangu, and Following Jesus

Hi Friends, It has truly been heart-wrenching the last few weeks to see all the updates from the United States reporting what a brutal winter it has been this year. We continue to struggle here, daily, with blue skies and 70 degree weather. On a couple of mornings temps have plummeted to the high 60’s…

State of the Union

As the new year gets underway our first blog of 2015 is a little different. Connie and I normally take turns with the blog, but this month we both felt led to share so share we are. As always, thanks for reading! Wow! I cannot believe that it is 2015 already and our family has…

Merry Christmas

Christmas day 2014 has finally arrived! Beautifully wrapped presents that have been sitting neatly under the tree for weeks have now been ripped open leaving behind a pile of paper carnage. Children and adults alike will spend the next few days enjoying the gifts they received and reminiscing of the time they had with family….

Salt and Light

The whole month of November, leading up to Thanksgiving, my social media news feeds have been full of what my friends are thankful for. Last week as Nick, the girls and I were preparing a Thanksgiving meal that we would share with our Dominican family I thought about all the things that I had to be thankful…

Settling In

Hello friends and family! I hope everyone is doing well and finding some way to glorify Him. The Hartsfield family has had some exciting days and weeks since my last post. Feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and keep up with us daily. We have now been here in the Dominican…

Things That Please the Spirit

The first few weeks in the mission field have consisted of a great deal of observation. I’ve done a lot of watching, listening, and taking in. I haven’t understood everything I’ve heard as I’m still learning Spanish, but another thing I’m realising is that some of what I’m seeing isn’t making sense either. I’ve spent…

Timing is Everything, Well Almost

In this age of email, txt messages, twitter, Facebook, InstaGram, and every app you can imagine we have all become accustomed to instantaneous feedback. Most of us have forgotten (or have never known) what it was like to drop a letter in the mail and wait for a response. Chances are my kids will never…

Just Give!

Most of you know that in July Nick and I returned to the Dominican to work out some logistics for our move. On this particular trip I struggled with the vast number of people who needed or were asking for help. Brian Berman suggested that I read the book When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett. It was…

Follow The Leader

As many of you know, Connie and I made another trip to the Dominican Republic a couple of weeks ago. The purpose of this trip was to make additional preparations and to work out some logistics for our upcoming move. The past 6 months have been nothing short of amazing as God has guided us each…

We’re Moving and so are You!

Hi There! Let me start out by apologizing for not posting for the last few weeks. Time always seems to fly this time of year with end of school programs, field trips, parties, and the like. But, alas, that is no excuse for not keeping you folks updated 🙂 As an additional avenue of keeping…