I may look like I have it all together. I am living the American Dream, more or less. I have a husband, two kids, a house, and two dogs. I have a career in education, drive a minivan, and go to church
every Sunday most Sundays.
I’ve come a long way from being a missionary kid in Bangkok, Thailand, passing starving homeless people on the street and watching the Buddhist monks in their saffron robes walk through my neighborhood in the mornings.
I’m 35 years old, and I’m searching for beauty and truth and grace in this world.
In between packing lunches and folding laundry and attending ball games and training teachers, I try to find moments to think, read, pray, write, and spend time with friends and family. Those moments get neglected sometimes (and so does the laundry!), and there are many days I get that feeling that I have absolutely nothing “together” and have nothing to offer to the world. Days like that force me to find the things to be thankful for and force me to realize that I can’t do it alone and I need the love of other humans (that means you, reader!) to help me along. Hopefully this little blog will bring us together.
I’ve begun to see my life as a string of metamorphoses: How I became Thai, then became American again, how my Protestant preacher’s-kid faith got blasted when my brother died; how I dove rather blindly into something as crazy-scary-wonderful-deep as marriage and motherhood; how I went in search of liturgy and became Eastern Orthodox; how I heard the heart-wrenching stories of my immigrant students and could never go back; how I took a deep breath and began writing again; how I’m finding feminism; how I’m finding a voice, day by day, word by word.
May that voice be a truth-teller. May that voice also be a grace-giver. May that voice be an encouragement on your own metamorphosis journey, whatever that might be.
I am almost done writing my first book, Transfigured Faith, about growing up as a Nazarene PK/MK and later converting to Eastern Orthodoxy.
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