We left Folsom on May 28th at 8:00am. It was the official beginning of our lives as “missionaries”. We don’t live on Coventry Circle anymore. Steve isn’t a Cop anymore. We can’t watch the sun rise on the Sierras and set on Lake Natoma anymore. I cried until about noon that day, as we drove away from the community we’ve called home for the past 10 years.

At one point Steve and I looked at each other and, half-joking, said “What have we done?”

I think we both may have been harboring some doubts in those first few days. We had just gotten rid of all of our belongings, moved out of our house, and given up our paycheck. Our kids were hurting, our bodies were exhausted, and our emotions were shot. Man – in those first couple of days the 5 of us made up a sorry bunch. We must have looked pathetic dragging ourselves out of the car at rest stops and cheap hotels with sad, tired faces.

But I tell you all of that, really, so that I can tell you this – It’s worth it!

God has called our family to Costa Rica – we cannot deny it. No promise of ease, or comfort, or even success has been made. But He has called us nevertheless. And while we came to Chicago for missions training, the first week has been one of confirmation more than information. Because of that, we now look back at the last ten years in Folsom not with heartbreak for what we have lost, but with joy for what we have had. So grateful for the many friends who make us better, the support of family, and the church that has changed our lives forever.

Our whole family has a renewed excitement for what God is doing in Latin America and the small part we have been asked to play. The boys are already practicing Spanish (thanks to the kids program here), and Steve and I are eager to learn as well. Most of all, though, we are thankful that we are here, grateful for your prayers, appreciative of your support, and pleased to report that being a “missionary” is pretty darn cool.



  1. kathy on July 4, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Amazing the journey God is taking you on! You are living out the mystery of faith.
    I read the following in a book called Sailing Between the Stars by Steven James and thought of you:

    I believe that our longings for mystery, wonder, adventure, belonging, and love are part of the fabric of being human-a vital part. After all, God has “planted eternity in the human heart”(Ecclesiastes 3:11). And if we have eternity growing in our hearts, how could we ever expect to find fulfillment by clutching only the things of this world that are so … temporary?

    You are living out the eternity God has planted in your heart!

    I stand amazed…. one great God and friends who follow His lead.

    …you are loved

  2. Britany on October 16, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    I think I am the only one who checks this thing to see if you have posted anything new. I would love to read something, if you have anything to say. And you being Jamie… I know you have something to say.

  3. Lesley-Anne Evans on August 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    So, if we were wanting to bring our messed up family of 5 down there this December and somehow do something other than the typical self-absorbed all-inclusive sun and food fest that we usually choose for our mid-winter vacations, what do you suggest we do? Could we possibly hook up with you and your family and participate in something that counts for something other than an envious suntan?

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