Oldest of six children, I grew up mostly in western Washington. My parents divorced when I was in my early teens. For various reasons, I lived in foster homes for the last three years of high school. I met my husband when we both were seniors at rival high schools. We married less than a year after graduation and had the first of our five children when we were twenty-year-old college students.
Our life has been an adventure as we've grown up together (to the extent we've grown up at all!). We've lived in Washington state, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and New York. We spent the early years of our marriage playing music together, leading the faithful in worship at churches across the country.