Let me introduce myself.
I've been married for nearly fifteen years to a guy that I am wild about. I have three kids that are great fun and a dog that slobbers an extraordinary amount. I am a photographer, Bible nerd, food enthusiast, fan of mid-century design, a sometimes knitter or crocheter, and voracious reader.
I attended Hope College and majored in Art History and minored in Math and Religion. This strange combination allowed me to learn about the things I love; the Bible, numbers and finding patterns, and images that tell stories. Although it was enjoyable and gave me the opportunity to live in London and work in a museum for a year, it turned out to not be the most marketable combination.
After college I went on Young Life staff for a few years and fell in love with telling stories about Jesus, growing leaders, camping trips, crazy silly fun, and encouraging people in their faith.
In 2002 when my long time friend asked me to marry him, it came with a second clause, "...and move to Boston." I jumped at both opportunities and just days after getting married we packed up our U-Haul and drove to our new apartment right in the heart of Boston. Together we navigated living in the city on a tight budget, a grueling work schedule, the pressures of a medical life, and the sheer pleasure of building a life and family together. We thought we would only be in there for three years as he completed his medical residency, but instead found that Boston became home.
Thirteen years and three kids later, we felt our life getting wrapped up in Boston and a new opportunity presented itself in Rochester, Minnesota. We are now figuring out what it takes to make it through the Minnesota winters, figuring out what God has in store for us in the Midwest, enjoying hearing the cows across the street from our house and reveling in new pleasures like catching fireflies and watching the sunset from our porch.
I think about going to seminary from time to time, but also know there is value in a "Goodwill Hunting" type of education created by hard work and a few library fines. So, for now seminary will wait.
I hope you feel like you have just pulled up a chair to sit at my kitchen table as we open the Bible, ask questions and search for answers. We will also talk about matters of faith, living well, community, family, marriage and enjoying simple pleasures.