The Alburn Family

bunches of bananas: love, kids, & life with christ

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   Jul 27

Remembering my Dad

Originally written July 2006.  Re-posted, now five years after my dad’s sudden death on a missions trip to London. One year ago on this day, I was taking my dad to the airport. I met him at his office just before eight o’clock and we “talked t-shirts” as he ordered a few dozen shirts for […]

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   Jul 13

The Refugee Center

“Prepare yourselves to be treated like royalty,” my team leader said as we climbed out of the van onto sandy ground. I stepped out of the air-conditioned vehicle, and felt the outside  humidity like I had passed through a sticky curtain. The group was greeted by several staff who welcomed us to their school with […]

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   Jul 04

The Barn

My crew was assigned to tear down the old barn. We knew it would be a dangerous task, since the roof was starting to cave through in the middle. All of the scratchy, gray wood would need to come down. I helped push open the heavy barn doors, which revealed a mostly empty space. Strands […]

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   Jun 29

Remember your vows

04.24.04 This really was one of the very happiest days of my life!  Everything seemed absolutely perfect.  We lucked out, with a beautiful April day — over 70 degrees!  Simple and sweet, fun wedding.  My dad turned it into a camp weekend, with relatives staying in cabins and our bachelor/bachelorette fun happening out in the […]

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   Jun 28

Dating days

Jacob and I met at Camp Tadmor when I had just completed high school.  He was a college student at Whitworth.  This was Jacob’s first summer on staff, my third, and we were both camp counselors that year. We had a conversation on the first day of camp, and we discovered later that both of […]

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   May 27

Children of the ’70s or ’80s please watch…!

Am I weird because this video made me get teary-eyed? Please tell me which toys you recognized from childhood. 

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   Feb 04

When I Grow Up

Today I was discussing with students their hopes for the future…  and had a little blast from the past.  See, when I was in 7th grade, the yearbook club asked every student, “What are you going to be when you grow up?”  Our response was then printed under our names and pictures in the yearbook.  […]

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   Jan 19

Two Thousand Nine

Last year was full of huge accomplishments and challenges.It might be a little late, but here’s a re-cap of 2009: January – positive pregnancy test! February – visit Canada for the first time, church women’s retreat (first overnights away from daughter) March – spend every day of spring break working on Master’s paper April – […]

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   Dec 23

where I’m from

I am from the brown house down the dusty forested road, from Crayola crayons and tickle fights on Saturday mornings. I’m from Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, My Little Ponies, and the Fisher-Price little people. From Goodnight Moon, the Berenstain Bears, and The Monster at the End of this Book. I am from family road trips, cousins […]

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   Nov 09

banana background

New title up today… the name “bunches of bananas” comes from my camp history. Did you know I grew up at camp, worked at camp, met my husband and then got married at camp? Yup, that’s pretty much the foundation for my life! My camp name for 4 years on staff at the best camp […]

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