When summoned for jury duty a while back, I was eliminated because of how I answered the question, “How would your friends describe you?” I sat there stumped for what seemed like an entire minute and said,

” Nice? . . . . . . . . . . and . . . . . . . . . . . Indecisive??” . . .

So you may not want me on a jury, but here’s what I think this blog and I are about . . .

Im Keri, from Nebraska. In 1st grade, more than once on my way to school, I ran back home for fear of the unknown. After a couple rides back to school in my dad’s rusting, orange truck, I eventually stopped running back home, but didn’t stop wanting to for a long time.

After dreaming of never going anywhere, I saw a Japanese guy practicing kicks in the air at a retreat in college. Trying to avoid him (because I was told I should meet him, but wasn’t interested), we married 7 months later and moved to Tokyo to begin our life together. I can’t say I’ve never looked back, but that’s all part of my story.


The oldest of 5 kids, I’ve always been a mama. Now I have 3 dollies of my own and often wonder why I’m allowed to have them. I’m not as good of a mom as I thought I would be.


Why the blog . . .

I heard a Tale when I was eight years old that I haven’t stopped believing in.

Since having little ones I’ve fallen in love with Fairytales and good stories in general. They all echo the Tale that caught my heart back then. When life is hard, I tell my girls life is a Fairytale. Because what are Fairytales made of?

Before the princess is found by her prince, there is always darkness, ugliness, gloom, and doom. Life is full of all that and, I believe, because of the Tale I heard when I was eight, there is a Prince coming, just hold on.


Caught by the Tale is my worldview. I can’t see life apart from the Tale of this present world gone awry and all creation groaning for redemption and renewal with a patient God waiting for all with ears, to hear. I’m caught by it, smitten with it, and write here with that lense. Each life is a scene in the old, unnatural, terrifying, dangerous, beautiful, compelling, redeeming Story.

If you can enjoy and be inspired by anything here, I am grateful.

Thank you for reading!

14 thoughts on “About

  1. love, love, LOVE! i don’t know if it is because you are an NF or because you aren’t ashamed to be an NF…but whatever the reason, your writing is inspired. It resonates with my heart and I CRAVE reading your blog. Keep ’em coming!

    • Thank you Jean! I’m trying! It’s always a fight with myself to believe someone is going to want to read what I write so I really, really do appreciate the encouragement! It’s the most thrilling thing to know that others are benefitted.

  2. Keri, Nicole posted on Face Book your blog about the flight from Omaha to Dallas. I was intrigued by the style of writing, the descriptive words and your heart coming through the words. I had to find out who wrote it. And so I found this blog. Well done! You carry us along so well and pique our curiosity about the “rest of the story”. You have a gift for taking what the rest of us consider an exasperating experience or even an ordinary experience and turning it into a “God presence” experience. Bless you!

    • Barbara, it’s so nice to hear from you! I really miss you at Int’l Women. I need to figure out how to get back there in the midst of all our homeschooling. Thank you for your message!

  3. So excited to find you after all these years and In such a delightful way. I love your writing and look forward to “catching up” as I read through your postings.
    Bebs from TBC in Tokyo

  4. I completely came here because of the title of your blog, and I was crazy happy to see that you *get* Fairytales.

    So. many. people think I’m boasting or idealistic when I talk about living a Fairytale life, and I have to remind them it’s about grief and hard work (and magic when you don’t expect it) until it’s over. Then comes the happy ending.

    • Hi Amy, I’m so curious to know how you found me here? Very cool that we are like-minded in our love for The one true Fairytale! We would have lots to talk about :o) Thanks for commenting!

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