It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared anything on this platform. A lot has changed. We returned to the United States in 2014 when I was about 7 weeks pregnant with our son. We renovated our home. Wes began grad school. We had a “failed” (hey, careful with that word) homebirth. I dove in to the gig economy & tried my hand at editing, hack web-copy, VA work. We joined a church. Wes finished grad school. We had another baby, a girl (at home).
We left American Samoa four years ago. Slowly, we have adjusted to “home”, to parenthood, to these affluent suburbs, to living on a single income, to constant internet access, to almost-daily hot showers, to fresh food, to the reasonable expectation of a spider-free home, to a profound lack of beachfront property–to this typical American life.
Here we are, “settled” in. And yet we are still traveling to some degree, as stationary as we may be. There are the yearly road trips, the occasional weekends away, and the weekly hikes or local adventures. But mostly there are the deeper journeys we are taking–in relationships, in faith, in community. This website began because we knew it was time to go forth and we wanted to share that particular journey with you. It should not have ended when we returned, when This Amazing Simple Life began. We are still educators, still missionaries, still sojourners, still those strange neighbors, still play-with-the-kids-in-a-grassy-field-ers, still travelers with matches. And so: Hello, again.