I started keeping this blog to give my family some idea of what my life is like, but now it looks like more people then just a few friends and my mom are reading, which is great! (Thanks Grace for the link!) And I bet people are wondering, why does this girl keep talking about goats? And where the hell is Belize anyways? Below is a bit of a sketch of my life, to catch everyone up.
-I grew up in a small town in the States, but NOT on a farm. The last few years have been a bit of a crash course.
-I went to college at Franciscan University of Steubenville, which is an awesome place. (And for FUS grads, cause I know you are wondering, I wasn’t in a household. I was in Honors, though. That’s probably why I still feel compelled to read books and then write about them.)
-My senior year, I went on a medical mission trip to Ecuador. It was the first time I had ever seen extreme poverty close up…. and when I got back I knew things had changed, and I couldn’t keep living the same way. I decided to take a year after graduation and do mission work.
- But Hey! It turns out it is really hard to find volunteer positions abroad in medicine (my preferred field) when you just have an undergrad bio degree. Luckily, my friend Alison also had a life changing mission trip experience and was headed to Belize… and asked me to think about coming along.
- Yeah, the Belize thing is a teaching position—like teaching actual high school students. I was not very interested, to put it mildly. But nothing else came through, so I decided to try one year.
-I’ll give you a sec to google Belize. I didn’t know where it was either. I was told everyone spoke English, so I figured I was set!
-Haha. My first semester was spent teaching 70 sophomore boys biology. Much craziness ensued… and then I decide to commit to a second teaching year.
-Later that year, all the teachers in the entire country went on strike, and school was closed. Bored, a bunch of teachers and I start spending time at the farm of the agriculture teacher… named Daniel.
-We start dating when I return for a second year.
-I went back to the States for 2 years, and we dated long distance. Then we get engaged.
-In one week, I graduated from my Physician Assistant program, move to Belize, and got married. That was quite a week.
-We built a tiny, tiny house on Daniel’s family’s farm… and over the years have acquired cows, horses, chickens, guinea hens, rabbits, and an obnoxious amount of goats. Life here is very, very different.
-And that brings us to now….
So any more questions? Leave a comment and say hi…. I’d love to know who is reading. And if I know you already, what's new?