I grew up moving around all over the US, which I think contributed to my love for adventure. My parents divorced when I was in middle school, and I spent a lot of years trying to figure out who I am and where I belong. I am a daughter of God, and I married my until-death-do-us-part husband in 2006. We’re raising eight, and I birthed our last baby at home in Fort Worth.
I appreciate coffee and red wine. I love to dance and sing. I am an activator and I am creative. I started my career in healthcare, sought a business degree, and have been an entrepreneur ever since. I opened my first photography studio in 2009. Equipped with my story, a passion to bring hope to hearts that are in despair, and skills to educate, teach and help women to be able to care and provide for themselves and their families; I’ve traveled from coast to coast and several locations abroad. We spent eighteen months living in India, where I led art therapy sessions and taught life skills and sewing to women in the slums. Currently, we live in Nepal, where my husband is a data architect working for a company dedicated to impact sourcing.
The need for better care, especially for women, and specifically in the areas of childbirth, parenting, trauma, and nutrition are enormous in Nepal.
- One out of every three women between the ages of 15 and 49 is uneducated.
- One of the globe’s largest trafficking routes stretches from Nepal to India.
- Over 20,000 females are victims of sex trafficking in each year.
- One in every ten births are assisted by no one at all.
- Only 57% of women and 57% of newborns receive postnatal care.
- 1 in every 25 Nepalese children dies before the age of 5.
- The National prevalence of under-five stunning is 36%.
- The current recidivism rate of girls who return to exploitative or abusive situations is 90%.
- Only 47 per cent children aged 6-23 months are receiving diversified diets and 36% of them receive a minimum acceptable diet.
References: Nepal Demographic and Health Survey, United Nations, Global Nutrition Report, UNICEF
I believe that first and foremost, education (and other efforts supporting prevention) can assist in the fight against these statistics; As a Certified Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor, Birth Doula, and Holistic Nutritionist, and with certifications in Health and Safety, Trauma, and Communication, I have opened a Cafe and Community Center and work alongside local organizations to provide education and to implement development projects and impact initiatives here in Nepal. I also believe that there is much to be desired in the efforts to reintegrate rescued victims of sex trafficking and am working with a team to initiate a live-in after care program that will prioritize holistic care and competent reintegration. Furthermore, as a writer and a photographer, I look for ways to share the beauty and stories of women, their families, and Nepali culture.
As a family of ten, there is always an adventure to be had. They begin in the house where fingerprints accent every doorway and privacy is scarce. They continue outside where critters (or street dogs) abound and imagination prevails. We homeschool. We dance. A lot. We garden, enjoy boardgames (like Catan, Machi Koro, and Puerto Rico), throw clay (as in pottery), some of us are book worms and we love to travel. We live a little loud, but there is peace in the chaos. Our doors are always open and I love a full house.
Our oldest graduated from homeschool in 2020 and is attending college in the US, the youngest finally threw out the diapers, and they’re all growing as God expands their worldview and cross cultural experiences.
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