A native of Kansas, and a transplant to Pennsylvania, I have been married to my best friend, Joel, since the fall of 2010. Our first few years after marriage were spent in Joel’s home area of Juniata County…the rural mountain country was a big change for this city girl! Joel stayed busy teaching at our private church-affiliated school, and I did a few births here and there while adjusting to life as a wife and mom. While in J. County, we welcomed Yoanna and Matthias, who were both born at home with the assistance of midwives.
In the fall of 2013, we relocated to State College, as Joel was transitioning to working at home for a newly formed Bible Translation organization. All-Nations Bible Translation had been looking for a location where they could launch their training base and, due to a variety of reasons, State College was chosen. It’s been an exciting life, and having daddy working from home has enabled me to delve into midwifery once more. I normally schedule prenatal appointments while my little ones are napping, and daddy is more than willing to take over childcare during the times I have to be gone for births.
Getting to know the community, connecting with the varied international student population, helping to host company (especially in connection with Joel’s work), and being highly involved with a church plant in our local neighborhood all help to make our lives rich and full. We’re excited to be serving the Lord in this location, and we’ve been grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received from the general State College area. Our third little one joined us in February of 2015, and you can read about her birth here. Experiencing birth myself has helped me to have a greater understanding for the mamas I work with, and you can rest assured that I DO understand what it is like to go through pregnancy and natural childbirth-using a midwife, and delivering at home for all three!
If you’re looking for more information about my training background, check out this link.