February 7, 2019

Last year, I set a goal that seemed totally reasonable at the time. And then I committed myself by telling people. And then—as you well know, I went AWOL. Blogging once a week during the school year was totally manageable, but it turned out to be more than I could handle once school let out for the summer.

So here’s what I did instead:

  • Took the kids to Detroit while Jared went to Brazil

Jared and the Brazil team

This dear friend took great care of my family while Jared was out of the country

Lake Eerie with the Drains and Dobbertins

Catching up with David and Abi

And with Jo!

  • Sneaked in a trip to VA beach with my college besties. It was wonderful. Wonderful! Hadn’t seen these dear friends for 7 years.








  • Celebrated my parents’ 50th with a trip to Gatlinburg

All four of us kids shared memories of our upbringing and words of gratitude for our parents’ faithfulness. Jared videoed my portion:

We were once 6, now 22!

Scenic Overlook of the Smoky Mountains

The boys went white water rafting

Hanging out downtown Gatlinburg

  • Got to host our overseas family

Introduced our Gospel Community to the Joel Comptons

Played futsol in the streets

Finally got to meet Harmoni!

  • Took our annual Compton family trip to Florida:








Posed for this traditional picture with the Owens on their striped wall








Sweated through family pictures in a Florida August.

  • Wrote and taught a Bible study through the letter of I John. After my time in the letter, I tried to come up with a one-sentence summary of what the letter teaches. It’s a stretch to call in one sentence, but here’s what I got: God is light and love; As the Father is, so the children are.

Jared popped out of his office one morning and snapped this picture as class was just getting started








  • During that time, Jared coached the boys’s soccer team















Halloween Party at Coach’s house

Indoor Team

  • I played the supportive wife while Jared’s second book went to press and he began his third. Information forthcoming…

Here it is topping the amazon charts in two categories =)

  • Then came Thanksgiving. And with it the Marines!


Turkey Trot

  • Followed by Christmas

Got to see some old friends and beloved mission partners.








Favorite Christmas gifts. We are a Premier League family.








Demolition phase. Building beds into the roofline in the kids’ space.

Taking shape

  • And finally, our church commissioned our Gospel Community to fulfill the covenant we signed together late January.

One of our first gatherings

Our most recent gathering as we signed our group covenant


I hope to be back in action in this new year, though it won’t be every week. The Lord is stirring much in my heart—most recently through my interaction with the account of Hagar from Genesis 16 and 21 as I prepared to share with the dear women at CrossWay’s Widows’ Brunch. I am looking forward to writing what God has been teaching me through His Word. Thank you for supporting me with your readership!


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  • Kate February 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Loved this update and all the photos! Your speech at the 50th anniversary was such a blessing to hear. Thank you for sharing ❤️

  • CiCi Emerson February 7, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing whatever time you have…it’s always rich and needed! 💗

    • Charisse Compton February 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks for checking in, Cici! And for the encouragement.

  • Erika Wetterlund February 8, 2019 at 9:56 am

    You’re so cute! Happy to read of all God is doing in & through you ❤️

    • Charisse Compton February 8, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      Erika! So nice to hear from you!