Welcome to my blog!
A quick intro: I am a midwestern expat, living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and two young kids. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs with loving parents and a younger brother. I attended a Christian K-8 private school, and then the local public high school. I was an active member of my church’s youth group, and was involved in lots of different sports. My favorite memories of my childhood are the many camping trips we took in our pop-up, and of youth group retreats and mass sleepovers, and of the general mischief I would get into with my friends. Nothing serious, but street signs were stolen 😉
I moved on to attend Marquette University for my undergrad and graduate school years in their Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. I LOVED my time at Marquette. The Jesuits got under my skin with their strongly held values of social justice and volunteerism. I learned about the world at large and my small role in it as a privileged American. I got to spend a semester abroad at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. That time exploded my world view even more, as I was exposed to friends from nearly every continent and of a wide diversity of religious and social backgrounds.
After graduating with my DPT, I moved West with two friends of mine for the sheer adventure of it. We practically threw a dart at the map and chose Spokane, WA. It’s been 9 years and I never plan to leave! I met my husband, Dan, a few months after moving here. We got married in 2012 and have been faithful attendees of New Community church. We enjoy annual camping trips to Priest Lake, and we try to get out and adventure in the PNW playground as much as possible. Our pace has recently slowed as we are in the rhythm of life with a 2 1/2 yr old and 9-month baby.
There have been a lot of things going on lately, personally and in the culture at large. It can be overwhelming to think about everything at once, so I wanted to get words on paper as a way to help process life. I usually like to journal, but honestly I haven’t been great about making time for that lately. I think having a blog, even if no one ever reads it, will be a way to hold myself accountable to actually make the time to think things through.
There is power in our stories. It may seem like our voices don’t matter, but stories do have a way of moving us and inspiring us and challenging us to grow. Perhaps my stories will inspire even one person to seek out love and joy and live a life closer to the dream that God has for us.