Monday, May 21, 2012


Inspired by This Little Momma, I want to share with you a "Speed-Date" in a post! I've never actually gone speed-dating (except as a silly summer camp activity), but I do know that during a speed-date you get a few minutes to tell your date about yourself. I hope that this will help you to get to know me a little better! If you're a new reader, or even if you've been with this blog since the beginning, here is quick snapshot of my life!

1. I've been a pastor's kid my whole life, and I've loved it. There is a silly stereotype that all pastor's kids are rebellious and disrespectful. I'm happy to say that my siblings and I completely dispel that stereotype. (Well, almost completely. I have my sassy moments.)

2. I had open heart surgery when I was a little over 12 months old. My heart surgeon happens to be a pretty famous surgeon who has pioneered new methods of heart surgery. At the time my parents were young youth pastors praying for a miracle for their baby girl, so having such a skilled surgeon was an incredible blessing to them.

3. I love being short. If I had the chance to be taller, I wouldn't take it. It's part of what has made me me.

4. My husband and I met when we were 17, at a church winter camp. For me, it was love at first sight. He didn't realize that he had the hots for me until two years later. Yeah, it was a long wait, but it was worth it. After almost two years of dating, we were married in October 2008.

5. We work with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an international Christian missions organization that aims to train and send young missionaries. So far we've been able to travel to Thailand, Malaysia, India, Singapore, Guatemala, and two countries in Central Asia. (My favorite outreach was to Thailand & Malaysia.)

6. I am not very adventurous. You might think the opposite because of my job description, but it is a stretch for me every time we have travelled. While I love getting to serve people in other cultures, I have to pray a lot and give myself quite a few pep talks while I'm on outreach overseas. I'm quite glad, though, that I've been forced to get outside my comfort zone and see some of the beautiful cultures God has created. It has changed me for the better.

7. Five weeks after we got married in Seattle, my husband and I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. I found out that I love swimming in the ocean, Kona coffee, year-round sunshine, and turtles. I also realized that I hate giant centipedes, cockroaches, and transition. A tip if you are visiting Hawaii: don't wear flimsy flip-flops while hiking over miles of lava rock. It's not recommended.

8. I used to play the saxophone. I also used to chat online through AOL instant messenger. My screen name was "shortnsaxy7." It might have been a little more mature than I was going for.

9. I'm finally learning to cook. (I've only been married for 3 years, so it's about time.) You can read more about my mishaps and triumphs here. You can also find my favorite recipes under "Favorite Recipes" in my menu bar.

10. Our son, Nicholas, is named after my husband's childhood mentor. God used this man to bring hope and lasting change to my husband's life. We hope that we will be able to impact our kid's friends in a similar way!

Thanks for going on this little speed-date with me! :) I hope that you got to know me a little bit better. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me an email! You can reach me at


  1. Loved getting to know you! What great info. Do you still live in HI? It looks positively beautiful.

  2. First of all, you are SO cute!! And Hawaii? My husband used to be in the Marines and we always talked about moving there, but I was afraid I'd get island fever. Now we dream about moving there all the time (mostly because we're stuck in landlocked, gross and hot north Texas).

    My husband played the sax in high school. I love that aol name, btw. I actually laughed out loud when I read it. Very clever!

  3. Hello! It was so nice to get to meet you and learn about you and your family! Your husband and you seem like very passionate people! Love the photo of you all prepped for sugery if I had to guess your shirt was a little too big!! :) I hope you will speed on over and say hello and I linked up so I will be back to read more!

  4. Okay, #10 made me cry- I love sentimental baby naming! And I'm still wishing I could travel as a missionary- someday I will! :)

    Thanks so much for linking up! xo

  5. you are so cute! i found your blog a while ago, and then again through this link up with nicole! :) that is so amazing that you are working with YWAM! i have a few friends who are and have studied through them! my husband and i hope to do full-time ministry some day as well!

    newest follower!
    - jennifer

  6. I found you through the link up and I love your blog. Very encouraging I may say - I definitely got sucked right in.

  7. Hi! I found you through the speed dating and I really love your blog! You seem just sweet as pie and I'm excited to be your next follower. I would love for you to follow me at! :)

  8. Love your post. It is awesome! All the pictures! and being a preachers kid is the most fun!


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