About Elizabeth

I Write About . . .

My fears about leaving America.Trotter-101

How, in the beginning, I didn’t want to go.

God’s faithfulness to me on this journey.

Being a Third Culture Kid.

Making a fool of myself (even if it’s only in my head).

Awkward cross cultural moments.

Feelings I struggle with, things I cry over, and stuff that’s hard.

The blessings of missionary life, because what’s happier than that?

In addition to my own blog, I regularly write for Velvet Ashes (Encouragement for Women Serving Overseas) and A Life Overseas (the Missions Conversation). I also serve as one of the editors at A Life Overseas.

My Favorite Things . . .

Math and science. I often find God in the pages of a science magazine.

Singing. Sunday morning worship is the highlight of my week.

Dates with my husband, my very favorite person on the planet.

British Literature: Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charlotte Bronte, C.S. Lewis, and Lucy Maud Montgomery (though she’s Canadian).

Laughing. Preferably loudly.

Tropical trees. Cambodian clouds. Sunsets. The night sky.

Long walks. Aerobic exercise.

Silence and solitude.

Dark chocolate. Sharp cheddar cheese. Indian food. Creamy peanut butter. Hummus.

Birth and babies.

Long conversations with Kindred Spirits.

A Bit More Background . . .

I’m raising four Third Culture Kids, whom I home school.

My husband and I were high school sweethearts.

We served in youth ministry in America for over 10 years.

I’ve said and done a lot of dumb things in my life. That’s why I’m so thankful for a God who’s good. His grace is enough. His grace still amazes me.

He has never left me alone. And I will love Him forever.

14 thoughts on “About Elizabeth

  1. Sure would like to visit with you about your plans for Asia. Any chance of you coming through Texas in the next few months?

  2. I don’t know if you remember me, Elizabeth. You were my chemistry tutor at MCC-Blue River (and yes, I received an A!). Then I started working in L&D at TMC-Lakewood. So, yes, I had the honor of delivering one of your baby girls. I don’t remember if it was Hannah or Faith.
    But, I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I have always admired you and your steadfast faith! So I will continue to admire you (and your family) as you spread the Good News!

    Shelly Smith 🙂

    • I often think about you, Shelly, and how our relationship spanned different parts and years of our lives! Faith may have been my scariest birth experience, but it was also the birth where I felt the most cared for, because of you being there to take care of me! I can’t tell you how comforting it is to be taken care of by a Christian health worker, and how I still cherish those memories. Love you.

  3. Sierra “Radford” (now Keaster) here from good ol’ Rolla Church of Christ. Just wanted to say that I just started following your blog and am thrilled to read the updates on your lives. You and Jonathan really impacted my life during a difficult time and I will ALWAYS remember your ministry to our church and how you changed us. Thank you. In my prayers!

  4. you r ur mother’s sweet daughter you have her kindred spirit n your dad’s never give up attitude god bless u n keep blogging n inspiring

    • I recognized your last name right away, Eileen. 🙂 Mom reminded me you were the family we stayed with when moving back from Germany. And then I remembered your house and some of the stuff we did there 🙂 I’m glad we could re-connect here, and I hope you’re doing well.

  5. I am a kindred lover of British literature (and LMM). Ever read much Dickens? My favorites are Dombey and Son, David Copperfield, and Our Mutual Friend. You might also enjoy the author, Frances Burney–her books are long, but light and fun.

  6. I can actually hear you laughing out loud right now, Elizabeth! I am praying for your family. You are one of my favorite Rolla people.

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