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November 2015 Update

BLOG: The Truth About Big, Fat Closed Doors: You’ve got to keep it pretty simple with me. I just can’t handle a lot of choices and too many options immobilizes me. God knows me pretty well, and He’s working with what He’s got here. And what He’s got is one chick who...read blog

TRANSITION: Transitioning back into life in America is no joke. It’s been quite the ride starting over…settling the girls into school, looking for work, setting up home, adjusting to life without Karl’s mom and embracing a new family member (as Karl’s dad is getting remarried to an old friend).

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Julie loves motherhood! She started Motherhood is Beautiful, as a holistic program in South Africa created to empower at-risk mothers through mentoring, skills development, and job creation.

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November 2015

Transition and
What's Now?

August 2015

Back in the US!
Video Greeting from Karl & Julie

June/July 2015

Leaving Africa
12 Snapshots

May 2015

Julie launched "Beautiful Changes" new wall stenciling service


Special Request

Karl will bring soccer to rural Africa (soccer camps in Zimbabwe and Zambia)

April 2015

Big Annoucement - Ostrands Return to America Permanently

March 2015

Happy Easter!
Video Greeting from the Ostrands

February 2015

The Truth about Our Facebook Life AND Karl teaches a coaching course

January 2015

The Truth about Karl and
New Academy House for 14 Soccer Players

Happy New Years

Video Greeting:
Meet Baby Colton

December 2014

Merry Christmas
from the Ostrands

November 2014

Finally! EmpowerAMom.com products for sale



October 2014

Help launch EmpowerAMom.com
(creating jobs in Africa with beautiful home decor products)

September 2014

Get Julie's Inside Scoop
& Karl's Latest News

August 2014

It's a boy!


Ostrand Big Announcement:
New Tenant Arriving


June 2014

Enjoy this tour -
12 special photos...

May 2014

Fireside Chat with Karl and Julie (including an actual fire)

April 2014

Becoming a person of color, Isaiah 61 Bracelet Mother's Day Special, soccer kids are shocked

March 2014

Saying Good Bye
to Mom


February 2014

Joan Ostrand -
Sad News

January 2014

A Hard Landing - our
first month back in Africa

December 2013

We are headed
back to Africa now

November 2013

Motherhood is Beautiful
jewelry for sale


October 2013

Julie's miscarriage
and Karl wins State Cup

September 2013

Fireside Chat with
Karl and Julie

August 2013

Why Soccer isn't about
Soccer to Karl and
Julie's Motherhood Tell-All Blog




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