In 2012 I moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia with my husband and four small children – though at first the idea of moving overseas scared me out of my mind. I began writing as a way to process the difficult cross-cultural transition. Eventually I felt at home in Cambodia, far more than I ever dreamed. Cross-cultural living became a life I loved.
Along the way I started writing for A Life Overseas and Velvet Ashes, and in 2016 I became the Editor-in-Chief at A Life Overseas. I began serving in an editorial capacity mostly as a way to fill a need, but I quickly learned to love empowering other people to tell their stories well. I’m still passionate about helping people’s stories shine through their writing (I do freelance editing too).
More recently, Jonathan and I co-wrote Serving Well: Help for the Wannabe, Newbie, or Weary Cross-cultural Christian Worker, and my musings on womanhood, motherhood, and ministry were published separately in Hats: Reflections on Life as a Wife, Mother, Homeschool Teacher, Missionary, and More.
In 2020 we returned to America for a planned visit but stayed because of covid. We now reside permanently in the Midwest. I’m again using this blog as a way to process the cross-cultural transition of re-patriation.
A few other things about me: My husband and I were high school sweethearts. Shortly after getting married, we stumbled into youth ministry, where we stayed for over ten years; high school and college students are still my very favorite people group.
I studied chemistry and chemical engineering in college — math and science are truly my first loves. I still find God in the pages of a science textbook or periodical.
I’ve been homeschooling my kids since my oldest started Pre-K. For years my favorite part of the day was read-aloud time. Now that they’re older and read-aloud time has all but disappeared, my favorite part of the day is helping each of them with their math and science questions.
I’m a Third Culture Kid – specifically an Army kid. I fell in love with God at a summer camp in Kansas. I also fell in love with singing there. You know this is true if we were high school youth group together.
I’m risk-averse and have all sorts of ridiculous stories to prove it (see here, here, and here). I love sleep, exercise, dark chocolate, hummus, and nut butters of all kinds. I love board games, and I’m a sucker for a good Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, or Lucy Maud Montgomery book or adaptation – and as much as possible, I pass on all my loves to my children.