I’m Laura, a missionary-kid turned missionary. I was born and grew up in Kenya, East Africa. I went to college in Oregon. I taught English in Japan for a few years. I’ve lived in Oregon, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Michigan. I’ve traveled the world. I spent nearly 2 years in Portugal trying to master Portuguese. I prepared for four years to do mission work in Angola, Africa, but through a turn of events that only God could have orchestrated, I now call South America home.
I’m married to Rusty, a handsome Oregonian who has trotted the globe with me for the past 15 years. And together, we have 3 precious sons and 1 beautiful daughter, each one born on a different continent!
In April, 2012, our family landed in Quito, Ecuador, hopefully to stay for many years. We initially worked with an organization called Operation Ecuador, but after about a year, we accepted positions administrating Camp Bellevue, a Christian camp in Tabacundo, Ecuador. We oversee daily operations, coordinate short-term mission groups and youth camps, run an after-school program for children of low-income families in our community, and work to encourage and build up area churches. I am also mom, so a large part of my time is taken up with cooking and cleaning, and trying to keep ahead of the laundry. I kiss boo-boos and refill sippy cups and wipe snotty noses. I homeschool. I study Spanish. I scrapbook. I play the piano. I keep the books and write our family newsletters and dream of one day writing something more significant.
I love books, the beach, sunsets, crackling fires, and being organized. I’m a planner who is finding that life doesn’t always go the way I plan it. It isn’t easy, but I’m slowly learning to be content with the journey I’m on… with the winding road… and with the unknown, out of sight around the bend.
Disclaimer: I do not write here on behalf of Operation Ecuador, Camp Bellevue, our sponsoring or supporting churches, or anyone else. All thoughts, beliefs, and opinions expressed on this blog are entirely my own.