Susan’s Blogs

What is Man’s Chief End?

What is Man’s Chief End?

While the acceptance letter to your college of choice is wonderful, and the making of money and saving of the 401k is great, and the pleasures of life are essential, there is one chief end.   

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A Table in the Wilderness

Thank goodness for February!  No, I'm not excited about Valentine's Day, though chocolate is one of my best friends.  I'm just ready to move on ahead and forget the past few months.A question from the writer of Psalm 78, "Can God...

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Do His Promises Still Stand?

I watched Philip roll his backpack across the parking lot, after I dropped him off at the McCallie School.  By the time I curved around the parking lot, I could see him carrying his backpack up the flight of stairs to get out of the parking lot and up to the...

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Her name was Praise

I'll never forget baby Praise. I met her for the first time in the Chitungwiza Hospital of Zimbabwe.  She was one-month old, and was the first child born to her mother. Praise was born with a cleft lip. I found her serendipitously, as the long Sunday...

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Polite's Missing Father

Polite was 14-years old when we met him in Zimbabwe in June 2017 at the first medical mission of Love Without Reason.  He had lived for 14 years with a cleft lip.  His surgery was successful, and when the LWR team returned to Zimbabwe in February 2018, we...

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A Look Back and Celebration of 10 years

It was on Friday, August 8, 2008 that Santhosh, Philip and I made our way to the Children's Hospital for Philip's simple flap repair.  This would be a 45-minute same day surgery, and we would be discharged home later in the afternoon.But in that span of...

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A Mother’s Hope on Mother’s Day

A Mother’s Hope on Mother’s Day

Baby Hope was examined by LWR's surgical team in the early part of 2019.  Hope's parents sat by with much heartache and sorrow.  Sharmila, her mother, would not look at anyone in the eyes.  The tears seemed to be never-ending from her eyes.  We...

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McCallie School joins with Love Without Reason

During the parent teacher meetings of Philip's freshman year at the McCallie School, we were told that there would be an opportunity for the upcoming seniors to lead an international mission trip.  Even though we kept this in our hearts, we did not know if...

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Craniofacial Acceptance Month

September is Craniofacial Acceptance Month, and I asked Philip what that meant to him.  His response was that everyone deserves respect and dignity, no matter what they look like.  It isn't easy to walk around with a facial birth defect, with scars on...

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Promises Made, Promises Kept

Promises Made, Promises Kept

The tears have been endless for the past month.  I can't believe it has been one month, since my baby boy passed from this world.  I miss him so much.  No parent should bury their child.  It should always be the children who pick the coffin and...

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Inaugural Mission to KENYA!

As I was searching for the final numbers and data collected from the recent mission to Kenya, I could not find any updates on the website.  It has been such a busy few weeks since we returned from Kenya, that I did not even blog about it!Thirty-one members made...

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Milestones and Memories

LWR had a "celebration" tour of sorts in celebrating the milestone 10 years in Chattanooga, TN and also in Elmont, New York!  We could be coming to a city near you, keep your eyes peeled!One of the featured young men during these events was young Harsha...

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Love Reading about Christmas Miracles!!

Love Reading about Christmas Miracles!!

Don't you LOVE Christmas miracles?I'll tell you one about a poor husband and wife who lived outside of Bangalore, India in a rural village.  They had a happy dream of a new baby to be added to their family.  All their goals, all their wishes were placed in...

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My “FORCED” restful Birthday Week!

If you have seen any Love Without Reason social media in October, you would know that on October 21, there was a fundraiser for LWR called the SHINE fashion show!  For an event of any magnitude to be successful, you need a mass of volunteers, planners, organizers,...

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#GreatAmericanSolarEclipse

Monday marked an amazing battle in the heavens with the sun and moon.  For a time, the sun disappeared and the earth became cool 🙂   According to ancient literature, people formed various reasons for why the sun disappeared from the sky.  From that, various...

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Kenya on our heart

Santhosh and I were blessed to attend this year's Global Missions Health Conference in Kentucky. While there we connected with other organizations, relief agencies, ministries working to expand the Kingdom by their service. We met people from Kenya and listened to...

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Welcome to Zimbabwe

We were definitely a sight to behold at JFK international airport.   A team of 10 people all wearing identical "Love Without Reason" yellow shirts, trolleying 30 pieces of luggage which were all tagged with the same beautiful Volunteer Orange ribbons.  We were an...

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Tennessee was whooped, and Philip laughed in Georgia’s face!

I'm not sure when Philip started loving football.  I have a feeling something invaded his system through osmosis from this preschool       picture!! He started with just watching the games on television, then watching old documentaries and films on the internet.  The...

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Nail Polish

Monsoon season has hit Mumbai.  As we braved the deluge of rain with the drive to the red-light district, Philip, Santhosh and I began to prepare ourselves for the long day!  Unfortunately, the rain did not stop once we arrived in the red-light area.  It only poured...

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