Several folks asked about our boys and what everyone was up to nowadays. Getting to see everyone over this summer was so wonderful! So here is a little snapshot of what’s going on with our little family:
Ryan is now 31. He is teaching AP Chemistry in Bryan Collegiate High School (Bryan ISD). He and Sara Jane live in Bryan.
Miles is 28. He and Hattie are living in College Station and he is a manager for Panera in Montgomery, TX (he would really love to be closer to B/CS for work!).
Lily (granddaughter) is almost 2 years old. She looks just like her daddy (Miles) and she is super smart! Maybe to smart for all of us!!!
We got to visit with both moms for awhile.
Laurie's mom - Pat Goins - is now living in Colorado Springs and loves that she gets to skip the Texas heat! Billy's mom is living in Quitman, Texas (near Tyler). Billy's grandmother also came down to visit. At 93, she is still movin' and shakin' and chasing our Lily around the yard. It was great to have the opportunity to take a FIVE GENERATION photo while she was here! Memaw, Grams, Billy, Miles, and Lily! Pretty impressive!
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!