i am an 80s child. My mum and dad were hippies and met picking tobacco. Together they found christ, married and i was welcomed a year later. i am the eldest and only girl with three brothers. we moved around a lot, i am a farm-girl at heart. at 14 my parents separated and my mum became our sole provider, protector; our everything. she is my hero. i always loved school, photography and music. i grew up playing lots of sport and taking on all that could be offered – jobs, head girl, musician etc. at 17, i left our small town to the ‘big city’ christchurch to attend university. my university days were some of my darkest days but i continued through sickness and challenges, and proudly graduated with a degree in education. starting my teaching career, i became involved with youth work and moved back to my hometown to start a youth group – inspired by the fact that nothing was happening for our young people there. these were some of my most brightest days; now enter my hubby, who joined the team. we started playing tennis, hanging out and began dating, got engaged and married all within a year. we felt led to travel; initially six months in the UK and then onto South Korea where we worked at an international school for four years. in 2012 i became a mama to isaiah and have welcomed bethany in 2016. the best has yet to come!