I have this friend.

I met her at our church when she was still a missionary in South Africa at Bethesda Outreach.

Luke took a youth ministry class at CU once upon a time, and the prof happened to be her older brother.

She ended up leaving the mission field a while back to come back to the US with her adopted South African daughter. And she chose to attend our church. (YAY!) Since then, she’s adopted another daughter (domestically this time). And she spends her days fostering other children who need love.

Dana is a godly, funny, beautiful friend. She lives a life that exemplifies James 1:27: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” She is nothing short of amazing, and I cannot understand why she doesn’t have men begging her to marry them on a weekly basis. (She’ll probably kill me for saying that.)

Oh, and I don’t routinely call her “Crazy Dana.” She actually uses that name when she comments on this here blog. I wish she would blog, so we would all know the crazy details of her life, but I looked it up, and “CrazyDana.com” is already taken. Bummer.


Dana and her kiddos (2 daughters, a foster daughter, and a foster son) came over for a playdate! And Ava was our photographer…Are you ready for a couple of Ava’s crazy photos? (I sense a theme here.)

That’s Dana on the left, her daughter Lerato in the middle, and me on the right, gesturing with a pizza cutter.

The kids all had fun playing outside. It was a beautiful day!

Next time I’ll try harder to get some pictures of the day. Either way, it’s always fun and uplifting to spend time with friends!