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 . . .
I‘m 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!