“Where are you from?” always feels like a trick question. I am currently living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I was born in Kailua, Hawaii. My family resides in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, and I have lived in Hawaii, Oklahoma, northern California, North Dakota, Alabama, New York, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, back to Colorado, southern California, and now Michigan. I usually say, “I grew up in the Air Force.”
I spent 11 years as a high school English teacher, and I loved nearly every minute of it. I still say that it is the best job in the whole world. The kids are sweet, surprising, hilarious, gut-wrenching, and heart-warming. Imagine getting to talk about things you love (books! writing!) to a group like that every single day. I miss it so much especially on days when I’m cooped up in a library writing papers (more on that later).
In the spring of 2012, I graduated from Colorado State University with a Masters in English Literature and Rhetoric. If you want to get me rambling for an hour or two, ask me about my thesis. It’s about the connections between letter-writing in 18th century England and writing people do for social media today.
Today, my family is my husband Tim. I met Tim at college during the first week of our freshman year when I was a precocious little 17-year-old. We were always good friends, and our love grew gradually out of a firm and lasting friendship. He too was homeschooled. He too was used to transition, growing up partly in rural South Carolina, partly in Bourg d’Oisans, France. Like me, he spent his spare time reading great books. We got married three days after graduating from college, and moved first to Florida, then to Colorado. We moved to Escondido in the summer of 2012 so that he could attend Westminster Seminary in pursuit of his Masters of Divinity degree while I taught high school English. He is truly the delight of my life.
Now we live in Ann Arbor, where I am pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan, hoping to eventually become a professor in a teacher education program. In the meantime, Tim (who also hopes to pursue a Ph.D. one day) is doing part time web consulting and pursuing licensure and ordination in our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America.
Finally, and most importantly, my faith in God and in the substitutionary atonement of His Son Jesus Christ is the defining aspect of who I am. As Charles Wesley describes it, “I woke; the dungeon flamed with light. My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.” And this is my calling: “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily” (Colossians 1:28,29).