Having grown up in Minnesota, I moved to Romania with my family when I was 15 years old. From that moment, my “normal” was irrevocably shifted. I spent my final three years of high school in Bucharest at an international missionary school. It may have been a small percentage of my life, but it was enough time to open my eyes to how big the world was.
I have always loved maps, geography, language and cultures. As a TCK those loves were only magnified. I got a degree in English as a Second Language Education. (Translated: I went to college to get a degree that would allow me to live just about anywhere in the world and work with children.) After finishing college, I went back to Romania where I taught for three years and got to live with my family for a few more years.
From Romania, I started preparing to move to Japan where I spent two years at an international missionary school and one year at an international preschool.
During my time in Japan, I met my boyfriend and we have been in a long-distance relationship since he moved to his passport country of Ghana. My heart is spread over four different countries on four different continents. The story of how we met is a crazy one for another day showing how God’s plans are so much better than ours.
I have now moved back to Minnesota for a time of healing and rest. The future is wide open. At times I am terrified and at times I am excited. Often, I feel the conflicting emotions at the same time. I am sure that I will look back in 6 months, in a year, in two years and be amazed at where God has taken me. I may not know how everything will unfold, but He does. I do not have to worry.
I can look forward with anticipation knowing that God has a beautiful plan laid out for me and he will reveal it one step at a time.