Why [ROOTS] and [REISE]?

Hey there… Hallo… I’m Amy.

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I have a passion for people, communities and cultures, and I especially love seeing how they intersect in the “everyday” today.  This passion has taken many forms in different seasons of my life… growing up in a very culture-filled place (the great state of Texas), traveling to 19 countries, teaching Spanish as a foreign language in small-town Louisiana, leading a church missions ministry, tutoring children from a wide range of backgrounds, and serving in inner-city communities.

Currently, I live in Frankfurt, Germany, with my husband, Jay, and our four-year old daughter, Lylah.  We have the lofty goal of experiencing as much of Europe as we can while we’re here, while growing in the everyday mission of raising a Christ-centered family and doing life with some really cool people here in Frankfurt.  We know that it is no coincidence that we have been sent to live half way around the world from our home in Houston, Texas.

I think we can gain strength and wisdom from where we come from [ROOTS] and we can be inspired and transformed as we keep our eyes open and hearts engaged along the journey [REISE].  (In case you’re wondering, “Reise” is German for travel or journey, pronounced RISE-UH.)  Here on this blog, I want to connect the old with the new to help make our present more beautiful, more compassionate, and more purpose-filled.

Some days I’ll write about something fascinating I learned on a recent trip, some posts might be about a quirky aspect of German culture, other posts will be telling stories from our own pasts, sometimes I’ll write on the humbling and humorous trials of parenting, and other times I might simply share what’s been on my heart recently.  Through it all, the aim will be to connect the dots… to connect the [ROOTS] and the [REISE]… and to catch a glimpse of the greater story being written.. for me, for you, and for all of us.


2 thoughts on “Why [ROOTS] and [REISE]?

  1. Today I noticed God’s beauty in the midst of my stay-at-home Mom life. I have two sweet daughters that are growing up way too quickly. I’m tired today, not feeling well, and am in dire need of a vacation. As I laid my youngest down for a nap and sighed with exhaustion when I shut her door, she called out “Mama I love you with all my heart!” Yes- God’s beauty is everywhere. And when I recognize it, it’s enough to keep me going.


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