Oceans From Home

First of all, I am terrible at bio's. My inner writer screams at me to do something catchy, funny, or somehow attention-grabbing for the love of all that is good, but alas, writing entirely about myself is not one of my strong suits. I could throw a bunch of fun Ryan-facts out there--and yes, Ryan is a girl's name--but it would most likely just sound like a big list of me trying to impress the poop out of you. The basics about who I am center around just a few things, and all else is revealed throughout my writing. I love Jesus, I love my soon-to-be-husband, and I love to travel. Of course I love my family, and of course I also love French fries (I mean, who doesn't?), but those three things are pretty essential to who I am, and to what this next grand phase of my life has everything to do with. After getting married to my amazing fiancé, we will be stepping out on a limb, selling everything we own except the clothes on our backs (and a few good books), and moving to a totally new country, oceans away from everything we know. I invite you to our blog, where we will speak on everything from how to survive international flights to learning a new culture to figuring out this whole marriage thing. Feel free to take this journey with us as we make that daring step forward and move to Osaka, Japan to embark on this crazy, head-first dive into our life-long adventure together!

The Struggle Bus

Relationships are always a work in progress–not one of them is perfect, even if it may seem like it. People are people, and we constantly have to work on loving each other because the first response is always to look to yourself and your own needs, and project that onto your partner…


But God

I’m just now getting used to the truth of the fact that I don’t really have control, that I really don’t want control of where I’m going and what I’m going to do. I’ve grown. I’ve gone out on my own, I’ve made decisions for myself, I’ve made decisions to follow God, to dedicate my life to His service and been trained as a pastor at a great college alongside many who I’ve come to respect and admire for doing the same thing. I’ve battled so many things on my own, both winning some of those battles and losing others…