Newhooks Blog

We LOVE to share our adventures and family moments.

Desperately Needy

I hate being needy but I love to help people in need...seems a bit of a problem if everyone is like me. We have been home from the Philippines for almost 1 month as of this weekend and I believe we underestimated the toll a transition like this would take after living...

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Tune Up

We have been in Canada for 13 days. Jet lag was not as bad as we have experienced in the past which has been great. Just a few sleepy moments and maybe some late nights but completely manageable. The most common question that we are asked is “When are you going back?”...

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Death is His Specialty

I am not sure what is so good about Good Friday. Honestly, it should be called Gorey Friday. Whether you are Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical or Anglican – Easter is a time that we remember why we have Love, Grace and Forgiveness extended not only to our own life but...

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If not them…then who???

**This blog has been approved by #teenagerville and is being used with their permission** A lot of our blogs are about the passion and obedience to build these aquaponics farms here in the Philippines to bring change to families for generations. The struggles, the...

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All In

As our time comes to a close for this trip I am reminded of how grateful we are for this past season. The title of this blog says it all. “All in”. I realize how easy it was to say that 6 months ago. How it just rolled off my tongue when carrying a conversation. Of...

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Sidelined

Friday, March 8th was harvest day. We were harvesting 44 kilos of lettuce for Manila delivery. 4 of us were meeting at 9am as we usually had for a couple of months to harvest, process and pack 528 heads of romaine lettuce. Walking into the farm my foot stepped into a...

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Goaded For Good

“And now, isn’t it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God? You’re more alive, more concerned, more sensitive, more reverent, more human, more passionate, more responsible.” 2 Corinthians 7:11-13 “This distress has goaded you closer...

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Spiritual Interference

The word Interfere defined is “to take part or intervene in an activity without invitation or necessity.”  Don’t you find that funny? Without invitation or necessity…hmmm that makes me really think about our lives and how things are working for us here and how things...

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Facing Giants

This month is almost over and we feel like it really flew by! Normally January is such a long month and I understand for some of you reading this it is feeling that way! With winter in full force January sometimes drags on and on and on and….well you get the point....

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Moving Sidewalks

We are in the season of moving sidewalks. This week Highland Aquaponics will be announcing the launch of our SECOND FARM which will break ground February 1. If you are on our newsletter email list you know that the start of 2019 was not full of celebration but loss...

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From Valleys to Mountains to Valleys again…

This past couple of weeks have been incredibly exciting as you have watched us online share about the harvest, the grand openings, and the buyers and potential leads in the agriculture industry. But as we moved into operations and orders the cultural and communication...

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The Fog of Forgetfulness

The Fog of Forgetfulness This past week my mom celebrated her 60th birthday! It’s a big one and we missed it. We missed the party and the fun, the planning and surprises that come with a 60th birthday celebration. It is not often that we miss home but this past...

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Diamonds in #teenagerville

There is much excitement around our trip and what God is doing for the nation of the Philippines. The aquaponics and the 7 families that we are doing life with fill our days and we LOVE IT! But that is exactly what is happening… we are “doing life.” Doing life is a...

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Married to a Dreamer

Mike has been the one most awaiting our return to the Philippines. He has been working on Skype video calls and Facebook Messenger with our team, who are also our friends, on a daily and weekly basis. His aquaponics dream has taken flight and is in full motion – all...

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Feels Like Home

Nothing can prepare you when meeting friends from long ago. You wonder will it be the same? Will they remember me? Will we connect like we did before? Anxiety and apprehension guard your heart. But usually it is all for not.   In February of 2017 we...

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Learning to Dream Again

Life isn’t fair. There is something about life that causes you to reflect and realize that everything that has happened was maybe not in the best interest of you. But also in that reflection you realize that you would never be who you are today without it. This is our...

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