Ali’s Story

In 2001 my husband of 2 years and I packed 3 bags and a trunk and moved across the world to Asia.  We have learned a new language, rented numerous apartments, yelled at cab drivers, birthed 3 children, laughed, crossed the Pacific numerous times, cried, and come to the end of ourselves only to realize a freedom never known before.

In 2014 we made the long journey back across the Pacific to settle in the U.S. of A. Many say we’ve come home but it doesn’t always feel that way. America changed and I changed, too. Now I am learning to cross cultures back to the country where I grew up.
A year after we moved back to the United States, sickness and death rocked our world as my father was diagnosed with a high grade glioblastoma brain tumor in February 2015. He passed from this world in early May, just 2 1/2 short months later. We moved to Texas three weeks after the funeral to join our campus ministry team at a university. Now, we talk about our life and His life with college students in America….and grieve even as we build a new life.

After years of reading, filling up journals, and pondering life I put pen to paper…and fingers to keyboard to start my blog in 2011.  For me, writing crystallizes what God is doing in my daily life.

I trusted that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for my total failure at playing God, and I continually find myself learning new ways to trust that He is God and I am… well…not.  Life in Asia pressed me and life in America presses me too.

I hope my writing encourages you, challenges you, brings a chuckle, prompts new insights into daily life, and ultimately leads you to ponder more deeply your relationship with God.

If you would like to contact me, please email me at I’d love to hear from you.

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