I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA which explains my love for the Dodgers, In-n-Out burgers and street tacos. I went to church as a child mostly because of my grandmother. I loved it. I have fond memories of crawling under the sanctuary pews while my grandmother prayed. It wasn't until I was 13-years-old that I began a real, intimate relationship with Jesus and it began with asking too many questions during a Bible study and getting kicked out. The search began to have a faith that was my own, not one that I had to accept without questions. It wasn't easy finding Christian friends during high school especially my high school's population was 95% Jewish but we did manage to have a small Christian club. And, since I wore so many Christian t-shirts with Bible verses one girl even commented that I'm like a T-shirt missionary since she found herself reading Bible verses while sitting behind me in class.
One verse I loved in high school was Acts 17:11 which reads "Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." I loved reading the Word and loved even more that I could receive the Word with eagerness but also examine them for myself. So when came time to decide if becoming a social worker was the right path for me I decided to take a break and go to school to read the Bible all day long. Seminary? How awesome?!
At Fuller Seminary I discovered the amazing world of studying the word and serving families. So I finished my masters with a Youth, Family & Culture concentration and God led me to the east coast where I have been for a decade.
This last decade has been the best yet: I married my awesome husband, John, and had three wonderful children - Emet, Zoe and Callie. Their names are based on John 14:6 where Jesus says he is the "Way, the truth and the life." Emet means "truth" in Hebrew. Zoe means "life" in Greek. As for Callie, John came up with this wonderful combination of the Spanish word "calle" and a small tribute to our Cali roots. Together, we stumble and follow God's call to live in Rockland County (which we thought was just a random decision) as He reveals to us small tidbits of His amazing and wonderful plan for us. We don't know the entire plan just yet and we don't need to.