For about seven years, I traveled around the world with my husband, Adam. We lived Peace-Corps style in a remote Nicaraguan village, teaching English in Northwest China, and working in a smattering of teaching and community development roles in South Africa with our two kids.
We wrote a couple of books. First came Into the Mud, a book I wrote about some fabulous people we got to know in South Africa. Then when we moved back to the United States, Adam and I coauthored This Ordinary Adventure. It’s about trying to figure out how the heck internationally-minded Jesus-followers can live well in the sometimes-dull ruts of life and work in the U.S.A. You can also find heaps of our writing in Relevant Magazine.
Now we’re officially landed back in Wisconsin for the foreseeable future. But we’re determined that “settling down” doesn’t have to mean “settling” for anything less than intensity we lived with – and saw others live with – around the world. We bought a farmhouse outside Madison, Wisconsin, named it “The Sanctuary,” and set about packing it full of peace, gardens, chickens, music, good words, good friends, and lots of Life.
In 2014-15, we returned to South Africa for 10 months while I do field work for a PhD in cultural anthropology. I love everything about anthropology – hearing people’s stories all day, thinking a lot, writing a lot, and figuring out how to help people value each other more.
And now I get to teach what I love – anthropology, and what it means to live well in this very unequal, very diverse, but very wonderful world. I teach a few days a week at Wheaton College, and I also teach an annual class in economic development for Eastern University.