Missionary Life

on asking for Things.

February 8, 2018

Ever since I was a kid in school, I’ve struggled to ask for help. I’d struggle with a subject but wouldn’t ever ask the teacher or a fellow student for help. Perhaps it was part pride – how dare I not be able to do this all on my own! – and part not wanting to be…


holy Unsettled.

January 11, 2018

I remember when I took my first job in youth ministry. For some reason this moment, this conversation comes back to me time and time again, a memory perfectly etched in my mind. My mentor told me how transitional my life was at the time: I had a boyfriend, not a husband, an apartment, not…


moving and unpacking Hacks.

September 5, 2017

After three moves in just over three years – two of those moves across state lines – I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about how to efficiently move. Each time the move gets easier (please remind me of that if we have to move again at the end of this school…


thoughts on Tithing.

July 20, 2017

Before I got married I thought that you had to give 10% of your income to your local parish, no questions asked. It wasn’t until Anthony and I started talking more about tithing that I realized that your tithe doesn’t actually have to go completely to the parish. Don’t get me wrong, the parish is good.…


friends who have become Family.

April 24, 2017

By time this blog publishes, we’ll have less than two weeks left before we leave Boise. When we moved up here we knew no one outside our team, and we had only spent a few weeks with them six weeks before we arrived in Boise. But now, well, now we have family here. The truth…


perks of moving Again.

April 11, 2017

Packing, packing, sorting, and more packing. Realistically, we’ll be moving a few more times within the next few years. While moving a family isn’t my favorite thing in the world, there are a few perks to moving so frequently. In no particular order… Spring cleaning is an annual thing. I actually appreciate being able to…


life in a little House.

April 3, 2017

At what seems like long last, we have begun packing. I say ‘at long last’ because the very day, probably the very hour we moved into our current home, I made Anthony promise me that we wouldn’t live here next year, even if we stayed in Boise. The first few weeks here were hard. I’d…


frequently asked missionary life questions…and Answers.

March 27, 2017

As we begin to pack up and wrap up our first year as missionaries, I’ve found that a lot of folks have a lot of the same questions, so I figured I’d write up a blog answering the most frequently asked questions about life as FOCUS missionaries, and as a missionary family – if I’ve…


a year in review, a year in Preview.

December 29, 2016

To be perfectly frank, 2016 was exactly nothing I was planning or expecting. Not in the least. And yet it has been one of the most amazing years ever. Before I get into the nitty gritty of the year and how I remember it, let’s look back at the goals I set for the year and see how…


serving the Mission.

November 3, 2016

When Anthony and I joined FOCUS, I was thrilled about the opportunity to serve as a missionary. In fact, serving on a mission has been on my ‘bucket list’ since I was in high school. What I didn’t realize, however, was that serving the mission wouldn’t look at all how I’d envisioned. I imagined meeting…


as the cool kids call it: mish Life.

October 12, 2016

As promised weeks ago, here is the next installment of life as a missionary, a.k.a. Mish Life! Back in September (which now feels like ages ago), I wrote that missionary life, or as we FOCUS missionaries call it, mish life, was really stretching me in my ability to adjust to last minute schedule changes, talk…


home away from Home.

September 27, 2016

As promised, in the coming days and weeks, I’ll be blogging to catch up on the summer, this pregnancy, moving, fundraising and more. Today’s post marks the first post in which I come through on that promise! Moving to Idaho from Colorado was difficult. The first day we saw our new ‘home’ I cried. A…



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