Guest Book

This is new, because I do realise not everyone likes to leave comments on each blog.  I would still love to hear from you… who you are, where you’re from, and something interesting about you etc.  Sign my guest book!!! (please)

56 responses to “Guest Book

  • moweezle

    So, I will get the ball rolling. Technically, I’m not a guest, but I am on my site often. 🙂 One snack about me: hmmmmm, I’ve recently become a bit obsessed with boots and bags. Obsessed is a strong word, but when I go shopping its the first thing I look at 🙂

    • George Sleezer

      Hi Mo,
      I’m a retired barber/stylist after 43 years in the business. I read John Piper’s book, “Don’t Waste Your Life” and decided I didn’t want to “waste my life collecting seashells” so I’m now the Shepherding Pastor at my church and have been for 4 1/2 years. To make the math easy, Im 70 years old. In 2006 I spent 3 weeks in Israel and we traveled from the Med Sea to the Dead Sea to the Sea of Gallilee and was on all 4 borders. It was a life changing experience and would love to go back!!! In 2007 I spent 22 days following in the footsteps of Paul through Turkey & Greece. Another life changing experience!!!
      Any way, that’s enough for now! I love your blog and reading your stories!

  • alece

    boots and bags, eh? hmmm…

    a snippet about me: i brush my teeth with warm water. oh wait, you already knew that. okay… let’s go with… my hot frothy beverage of choice is a grande nonfat extra hot chai latte.

  • jeff

    I emailed you a bit back. Iam going to be spending june in Maun or Botswana anyway. I have enjoyed your blog over the last couple mos. This is how the world gets smaller i guess. I still use cold water to brush. And i dont usually leave a reply but in case i bump into you while in town it wont be a total suprise.

    A fellow michigander.

  • sarah w

    Gosh, nothing too interesting about me, I am just pretty normal I think. I guess you can say you’ve totally got me hooked on wanting a mac book! 🙂 One day… day I will be a mac owner. Hugs! Sarah

  • Tim

    I like to call your site……”The adventures of Maureen.” You are amazing person for what you do, and who you are. I enjoy reading and keeping touch. Not too much to tell about myself. I am a proud pop of a 2 year old boy Logan, and that is an adventure in itself. My second boy is on the way at the end of september, so I am almost a third of a way to my baseball team. 🙂

  • Judy Allen

    I see Janet Landschoot quite often and she was surprised one day not long ago, to walk into the greenhouse that Mom works at. What a surprise for both of them. Scott lives not too far from Mom/Dad and they were over there visiting him.
    Then your mom e-mailed me and sent me some pictures of her new horse, and in her writing she mentioned the Landschoot name (which got me thinking if it was the same ones that I knew) and when she mentioned Scott I knew it was them. Small world!!
    Although it’s not, when you really think of it.
    I’m so glad to hear that R2 is back in shape again. Did you ever think that a KEY would be one of your prized possessions??
    Blessings to you Maureen!

  • Thiago Tatagiba (from Brazil)

    I wont be a guest soon… I promise!
    Altough I’m now! 🙂
    Signed! :-p

  • Lindsey Brown

    Very intersting, very interesting. I am really enjoying reading about the “adventures of Maureen”. Keep em coming.

  • Brutellio

    Hello. I enjoyed reading your website.
    Have a wonderful day and keep up the good work.

  • jeff rossey

    It sounds like you are enjoying the good life again, missing Maun at all? I too used to love cedar point!! Do they still have the blue streak? I had a great time in maun and actually saw the sign on the road just past the sports bar.

  • @ngie

    Hey there Mo! Angie here, signing your guest book. Little known fact about me: I prefer swimming over shopping, actually I prefer pretty much anything over shopping. 🙂 I like your blog.

  • lovewillbringustogether

    Am i your first visitor from Oz? 🙂

    Cute Avatar name – are you related to Catweezle? 😉

    Little known fact Hmmm….

    I memorised the Periodic Table of all known Elements when i was 15 🙂

    You’d be amazed how little help that has been in my life! 🙂



  • Charlene

    hey there… what can I tell you that you don’t already know….how about this? I prefer to listen to Sermons over music when I walk/jog…no I am not spiritual…there are two reasons…
    1.- I don’t focus on the pain
    2. it is the only time I will do it, since I don’t drive that much anymore

  • tonyyork

    Hmmm.. My name is Tony. I am from the Columbus, Ohio area… (not originally, but now).

    I love to study and learn….mostly about things that interest me. One of my biggest blessings was visiting Indonesia as part of a mission trip. Aku cinta Bali !! I tried to pick up some of the language while I was there and had a wonderful time with the people. They were so patient with me as I stumbled with their words. Except for the lady who I had inadvertently told her baby boy was beautiful (cantik). Evidently, girls are beautiful and boys are cute or ‘funny’ (lucu) and I think I misspelled that last word.

    God Bless

  • Mike

    Your visit to Bethlehem made it so appealing. I’m going to Jerusalem in November – you don’t remember the name of the person who drove you to and from Bethlehem, do you?

    Safety is a concern, but I figure if I have a contact to go to it would help.

    Thanks for your blog – amazing stories and committment.

  • amy

    Hi! Thanks for your recent comment… I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog today. My passion for southern Africa started back in 1996- with Love Botswana Outreach!! I served there on a mission team back in the day… and hope to make it up there at some point while I’m on this side of the ocean!!

  • annie

    My name is Annie. I’m from Minnesota. I studied Modern Hebrew for a year at ORU (aced my classes, but it really didn’t help me out with conversational ability when …) I went to Israel for 5 weeks to study. That was amazing. Right now I am taking Biblical Hebrew at a synagogue here in Minneapolis. I’m really enjoying that.

    Little known fact about me: I can write backwards fluently. Which actually helped out a bit learning Hebrew. Both for handwriting and for translation. I can write the English translation above or below the line right along with the Hebrew. 😀

  • TheNorEaster

    Well, I am TheNorEaster. I actually found your site through someone found your site who had found another site and eventually found my site.

    At least, I think that’s how it happened.

    Anyway. I live in The North East of America.

    A little known fact about me? Hmm. Well, um, I just got a text message…?

    I guess that’s not very interesting, but I’m afraid it’s all I can think of right now. 😐

  • Danielle Layne

    Hi there!!!! I just happened to stumble upon you through another Christian photography site…..and well, I love to hook up with other Christians across the world. It’s important. Also, I was blessed to visit Israel this June for two weeks (wasn’t nearly long enough!) and am very intrigued that you actually live there!!!! I love Israel and the Jewish people. But of course that’s only because I love the Lord Jesus. 🙂 Write me anytime and tell me about your experiences there in Israel! God Bless and take care!


  • mandie

    Hey Mo!
    I’m Mandie from the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
    I found your blog through Alece’s blog…and Marc’s blog…and Katie’s blog…and pretty much everyone else from Thrive. : )
    I’m a photographer & student. And I think that’s about it.
    Look forward to reading more from your blog.

  • Michael Travis

    This is very cool, it sure brings back some great memories.
    I don’t know if you noticed but all my e-mail and sign in names all begin with the name of the Kibbutz I was on and the year I went over there. I used it ever since I owned a computer.
    My Kibbutz was in the northern part of Israel in the finger of the Galilee. I could see Mt. Hermon from there and in the winter time it was usually snow capped very beautiful.
    Anyway, great blog.


  • Ali Gunderson

    Hey Maureen!! This is the first time i’ve gotten on your blog on facebook, but i’ve seen some of the other posts through my parents. I miss you!!! Wish you would come back to Brasil!! I loved having you as a teacher (and we coudl really use a better english teacher right now)

  • Pam Jones

    Just learning more about Mo. LOL!

  • Karen Dawson

    Hello Maureen from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma! I found your blog while trying to find out how to hang a mezuzah! It looks so interesting…I am looking forward to coming back!

  • zico01

    Hi found your blog via the random blog finder on wordpress.
    thought i’d sign the book !
    all the best gareth !
    greetings from the uk !

  • beckyc

    Hi Maureen! I just caught up on your last 6 months of posting after being tagged on Facebook in an English Camp photo … ahh the memories …

    I just want you to know what an inspiration you are to me! Your obedience to God’s call and your willingness to learn from Him every day in every situation is a lesson to us all.

    Thank you for taking the time to share with us … I don’t care what they say about the blessing of living in the US – You are truly livin’ the dream!

  • Warren Baldwin

    Just spent about 45 minutes reading several pages of your blog. I’ll be back to read more. Very interesting and exciting, and I’d imagine at least sometimes, a bit lonely. You must have some amazing inner strength. God bless.

  • Gail Eschenberg

    Hey Maureen! I love your stories! You are a great writer and have a heck of a lot of ambition to do what you do! Great job!

  • Theresa

    Hi I found you through a retweet by @inprogress (Tam)

    I’m not sure how interesting I am so it is hard to figure out what to say… LOL

    Ok Here is a Random Fact…

    I love Elephants and have over 200 of them that people have given me. 🙂

  • Luke Hutton

    Great blog, really enjoing reading it. Take care, Luke.

  • Stephanie (in Chile)

    I’m visiting your blog for the first time and am especially excited to read about your work among Sudanese refugees. Our 4-year old son is of Sudanese (Dinka) heritage and my heart breaks as I learn the tragic history of so many of the Sudanese people. Thank you for your very special ministry.

  • Jennifer

    I found you through the (in)courage site… thank you for leaving such a kind comment about my interview! And for visiting my blog. You have a beautiful site and I look forward to reading and seeing more!

  • Judy Allen

    Hi Maureen………….I find your website very interesting. I don’t know hardly anything about blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc., but e-mail I get!! The pictures of you’all trying out the Wll are great! I’ve played both tennis and bowling with my granddaughter. Her favorite is boxing, can you believe that?
    And she’s very entertaining while she plays!! Bouncing around and sometimes she goes into a frenzy of punches that is the funniest. She just turned 12!
    I can’t explain it, but when I read about your life, as recorded on your site, it’s a very emotional trip for me. The insight that comes from you amazes me!
    I’m happy to hear that you’ve taken a vacation from all things electronic…..I think that’s good.
    If there’s anything you need, please let me know. I’d be happy to send you anything you need or want. Do you need any books? I still have that coupon for Amazon and I’d just as soon use it for your needs as anyones.
    I continue to pray for you and your needs.
    I shook up my church congregation this past Sunday with quite an insightful presentation on Israel and why we should be praying for her. Whew! that drained me physically but spiritually I was ecstatic!
    Blessings to you, Maureen
    Mrs. (Judy) Allen

  • TC

    Hi Maureen,

    So I finally am signing your guest book. You are amazing to be where you are in your life, and know where you are going. That is Awesome! Miss talking to you. Something about me…uhhhh..Still thinking. I will have to get back to you on that. I am not at Bronson anymore. I am at KCMS now..there, there is something you didn’t know…lol

    Very interesting stories…..Love them!

    Take Care and God Bless YOU!

  • almost an M

    Mo, I like the blog. I really appreciate and applaud the way you are investing your life–cultures, people, language, for His glory. I look forward to reading your stories over time.

    About me: trying to help challenge, encourage, and equip people to live their lives with purpose like you. Oh yeah…and seeking to do it personally along the way.

  • Doug

    Hi Mo – Greetings from Kazoo. I go to church at Radiant and am friends with your mom and dad (and sister). I have actually been following your blog for a while now, but thought I would introduce myself in hopes of getting a password for your newsletter. Let me know if that is a possibility…

    Something interesting about myself – We live about two miles from your parents, I enjoy being outside, and I love all the seasons, but for some crazy reason, I really enjoy the snow!!

    Take care!!

  • David Cook

    Hi Maureen,

    You are a real high adventure girl…
    On a mission close to the heart of God! I enjoyed the photo journey of some of your adventures.

    Who am I: I am a man created in the image of God, adopted into His forever family by His grace and love.

    I am from Independence, Missouri (you know Harry Truman town). Currently, I work part time at a 86 acer nature park that I love and am working on a new book “Advent of Messiah”.

    Fun fact: I worked in California with the JESUS Film project as a language administrator. One of the new translations I was most excited to work on was the Hebrew translation. It was my job to take Messianic prophecies and put in and out points where they would be place in the film. I worked with a translation producer in Israel and a professor with a doctorate in Hebrew in California. It was released in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in 1991 in Theaters and available on DVD.

    In Him we move and breath and have our being,

    Psalms 37:1-8

  • Jane


    I am one of Jerod’s friends from Winterset. We had talked shortly after Katherine’s death. I just wanted you to know that reading her blog and eventually finding yours has led me to begin one of my own.
    For years I have told my large family that we should write down our childhood memories. One post in Katherine’s blog is “make your someday today”. So I did.
    I’m new to blogging, and it took awhile to get the pictures to look ok, etc. but I think I’m getting the hang of it.
    Stop by and let me know what you think.


  • Sara

    Glad to know about your blog. I found out about you from a comment you wrote on “Path from the Head to the Heart”. I am now following you on twitter, and I look forward to reading more of your blog.

    About me:
    He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me… Psalm 18:19

    Relationships are what define my life: relationships with my Lord, husband, three children, family and friends.

    I am a soul sculptor for the King of the Universe. (This sounds better to me than stay-at-home mom. Thanks to Ann Voskamp’s blog “A Holy Experience” for this description.)

    Joy and Peace,
    Sara Ross
    Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Philippa

    Hi Maureen, I found your blog on Lisa Leonard’s and was stunned by your post on 18 April. I live at the top of the south island of New Zealand and my world seems eons apart from yours.

    I’m looking forward to reading your postings from now on and truly admire your strength of spirit. It is also very humbling for me as I cannot imagine leaving my house and experiencing what you described you see!

    I am a passionate gardener, a garden writer, animal lover, nature lover, I adore beautiful things and dabble in crafty art.

    I’d love you to check out my blog at sometime.

    Big smiles from the other side of the world.

  • kameronlombard

    Cool site. It sounds like you lead a very interesting and ever growing life. I enjoyed the reads. I also love to travel and have been to many countries, including Uganda, Australia, and many in Europe and UK. As well as Israel only once as a child. I hope to see many more as life goes on. My favorite idea for any vacation involves the ocean and a beach, and perhaps a sailboat. Anyway, have a great one, and keep writing towards your dreams.


  • Jessica Gavin

    I just went to the SHINE website for the first time. What you’re doing is even cooler than I thought:) Go ahead, girl! Shine on ’em!

    I feel so called to get into ministry work, I wish I had an obvious impression by the Holy Spirit on how to best spread the Good News as it appears you have. Awesome stuff, Maureen. Seriously!

  • Helen

    I am from Belarus… serving the people of the USA… love reading and traveling… my favorite thing to do in the whole wide world is to stroke the hair of an orphan…

    I blog at Be The Change You Want To See

    P.S. Shout out to Alece – I found your blog through her

  • Jessica Gavin

    Hey Mo!

    I don’t know how to email you on here but I was wondering if you could give me some insights into Israel. I’m about to send my $200 deposit in to go on a Holy Land tour and everyone is telling me it’s too dangerous to go. I thought you’d be the perfect person to give me some honest feedback about going on a tour.

    Would you mind emailing me the scoop so I can tell my husband to either relax or not put my deposit in! I would really appreciate it.

  • Laura@life overseas

    Hi there! Found you via InCourage. I am celebrating Christmas too in a land that doesn’t celebrate the holiday–Chiang Mai, Thailand. Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say hello! Merry Christmas– no matter what!

    Little Known Fact: My husband of 11 years took me to my sr. prom in highschool. Yup.

  • Rebekah Burriss

    Mo, your pictures are awe inspiring. I only hope to put my feet on some of the soil you have. Does it make it easier to want to shine when you’ve seen the sun in so many beautiful places?

    And a snippet about me: hmmmm. i have a chihuahua named buddy michael buddy boy….ok, my four year old named him? what? *shrugs* lol.

  • Lexi MacKinnon

    I came across your blog via OneWord2011… love your word SHINE by the way! Mine is BRAVE!

    Snippet About Me: I have always been drawn to missions work and I am considering a move in the future to Africa to do Trauma Counseling/Missions work. =)

  • Nena

    Hi Mo, I found your blog through BlogFrog. Your life sounds so exciting to me – married with 4 cute kiddos – no “what ifs” allowed 🙂
    Ministry and missions is my heartbeat. come visit me at or
    Many blessings, Nena~

  • Jessica Gavin

    Love, LOVE, Love the new layout! I’m finally coming to Israel! I’ll be there March 22nd-April 1st on a tour with some people from different churches in the area. Would love to meet you if at all possible. Not sure if we can work it out with the group and all but let me know your location and I can let you know what day I’ll be in that town. Keep doing what you’re doing, Mo!

  • Hannah

    Hello! You have a lovely blog and I look forward to stopping by quite often!

  • Sheila

    Well, I read your about me, and noticed the ‘dumela’. I currently serve in Botswana, and was excited to see it! Cool that you are currently in Isarel. Will def be reading your blog!

  • Linda, from Vanuatu

    Still Praying to go there someday. I am from Vanuatu a small island nation in Pacific. I spent al afternoon reading your blog and it was very interesting and as such a an exciting adventurous life changing experienced you had there.

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