Life is full… full of surprises, joys, challenges, relationships. In our case, full of amazing children! Full of encounters with God. This blog is about all of these things.
Although I’ve lived in Zimbabwe, New Jersey, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and Pasadena… Japan is home for us. We love being here with our four children — we have adopted all of them while living here. Our Maltese dog Molly (16) completes our family. We are working with Asian Access/SIM USA to make disciples in Japan. (Check out Asian Access’ website).
A year after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011, God called our family to move up to the city of Ishinomaki. Half of this city was hit by the tsunami. There is much sorrow and heaviness all around us, but it is a privilege to join with our Be One team and what God has been doing to bring hope here. One of the greatest joys the past few years has been following God’s vision in helping to start the Nozomi Project. Local women who lost their livelihood and dignity in the tsunami are working together to make beautiful jewelry out of the shards of pottery broken by the tsunami. Show your support and visit our website!
I love: fun family times; refinishing old things and making them new; making unique cakes that bring joy to the receiver; practical jokes; the rare chances to hang out with any of my three sisters or Dad, walking in a beautiful place, a good book, peanut butter cups, learning something new, going to coffee with a good friend.
I received my BA in English Lit and Political Science from Taylor University; my MA and PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary in Intercultural Studies/Leadership Development. After three years in the Tokyo area as a single missionary in my twenties, I met Eric when I was his academic advisor at Fuller (we didn’t start dating until I had quit!). We came together to Japan in 2001 and lived in Sendai for two years, and then spent the next 8 or so years in the Kobe/Osaka area before moving up north.