This is the fam…and honestly, they are a huge part of what makes me, me. I can’t wait to introduce each one of them to you more over the coming weeks, hopefully months….for now: Justin is my best friend and the man I’m so thankful I get to walk this crazy journey with. He and I are working together to grow three little people. Hadessah is the little girl who first made me a mommy (she is incredibly proud of that) and amazes me with her wit and humor everyday. Aviya is my little red headed, spitfire, mini-me who makes me laugh like no one else can. Seriously, the things she comes up with… And Micah. He is my tiny little man who is seriously the happiest baby in the world (no joke peeps-we could have a contest and he would definitely win) and has made growing into a family of five a true joy.
So, here we are standing in a cow pasture without shoes, hoping we don’t step in a pile of….and also scanning the tall grass for any movement of a rattlesnake. All the while, we are smiling and hungry and crying…and you know how a family photo shoot goes, right? Did I mention we had to climb a huge fence to get this shot? And we handed the baby over the fence from one adult to another…yep, this was the dream shot I had always pictured getting. And we did. That’s how we roll around here. Or, as Hadessah once said, ‘That’s how we rock.’
But now, more about just me…
I’m 35 and I’m exactly where I thought I’d be at this age and it looks nothing like what I thought it would look like. After high school I left for a couple years and lived on a ship traveling from place to place in SE Asia, bringing books to underdeveloped countries. Those were some good years. Oh to be 18 and hitchhiking around some city in Asia or hanging on the back of a motorcycle with a friend while ‘some guy’ takes us to ‘some historical site.’ Seriously, not always the best decisions, but definitely some of the best years. After living on this floating bookshop I returned to the US to get a teaching degree and planned to head right back out to who knows where. I traveled in between semesters and during the summers because once you know there is so much more out there, how can you not go see it? 35+ countries (I should really count again since country # 35) visited and I still feel that way. Anyways, I met Justin and it took me a few extra years to get back out, but here we are. We’ve lived in a couple different countries and we’re currently in the Middle East, learning an entire culture and language. Our little blonde and red headed kiddos stick out amazingly, we walk or use public transportation everywhere we go, we buy our food at an outdoor market, and it’s not just hot in the summer….it’s HHHAAAWWWTTT! And so here I am, right where I’ve always wanted to be in some foreign country, never knowing how hard and how great it would be. But mostly how hard. So, I’m leaning into this experience, digging around for what God has for me on this journey. I’m pretty sure it’s just about knowing him more, loving him more, sharing him more. I’ve decided that’s the point no matter where you are. But I have lots more to learn.
I want to write…
Because I’m hungry to. I want to share my thoughts and I want to become a better writer. I want to give myself the chance to be challenged through writing as well as become more reflective through it.
And I want to encourage you. YOU.
And I want to make you laugh…at me, at yourself, at the general happenings of life. I bet you’ll laugh at Aviya, too.
Also, wouldn’t it be great if this was a resource for women (single, married, moms, sisters, aunts, grandmothers) to gather ideas, be provoked, and share knowledge?
I would seriously love that.