About Carrien

 Hi, I'm Carrien. (Pronounced Ka reen, my mom made it up. Seriously, I have a pretend name.)






Welcome to the space where I talk about life.


I'm counting my blessings, trying to be faithful to serve the people given to me to love, and to do the tasks given me to do. I like to make stuff, to ponder, to discuss. The content of faith is important to me. I'm each day finding strength and grace I didn't know I needed or possessed. This blog is a record of the road I walk.

Yes, that's me, breastfeeding and baby wearing on the back of an elephant.

I live in Thailand.
I have 5 kids.
I breast feed.
I home school.
I have had 4 homebirth VBACS, one unassisted in Thailand.
I like my husband, most days.
We founded The Charis Project, a non profit that works to protect kids through housing for kids in crisis and helping families stay together.
I teach parents things like nutrition, and early childhood development, as well as childbirth ed. and breastfeeding classes.
I'm a music teacher for our little expat home school coop here. I also get to teach music at a residence house for blind children.


The Kids

The Boy (born 2001)

He prefers not to take a serious photo.




The Girl (born 2003)



Little (born 2006)




Shiloh is the baby I miscarried in 2009.

Bam Bam, formerly known as Jellybean, (born 2010)

Bam Bam


Dek was born in Thailand(2013)
Dek


The Husband

When I started writing this blog I called my husband Aaron the Genius Husband, GH for short, because he kinda is. People who know him in real life tend to agree. He has more original thoughts in a day than anyone I have ever met, and he asks the questions that it never occurred to me to ask. Of course, the way he thinks is so different than most people that we joke that he needs me to translate whatever he is trying to say into human, since I have spent years figuring out how to understand him, but that goes with the genius territory I suppose. I still believe that choosing to marry him was one of the best choices of my life. Also he's an amazing cook. We've been married since the year 2000.

Taken on our 14th anniversary.

Making me my birthday cake. 4 whole pounds of chocolate!
He knows the way to my heart/stomach, whatever.
This blog has been around since 2006. A lot can happen in that time. I've grown up quite a bit since I started it. I know that writing this blog has been a part of that journey. Here is where I tell the story, as faithfully as I can, of what can happen with one little heart that chooses to say yes to life, to the people that come my way in need of love, and yes to the God who sends them. Not for fame or book contracts, though those are super cool, but just because I need to tell the story I'm living, in all it's stumbling broken glory.

When I started this blog I was "a woman at a crossroads of my function as life-giving, care taking, mother of 3, and in search of significance and purpose that is beyond these functions, or rather, intertwined with them in ways that I have been ill trained by western culture to appreciate." These days I find that I am at peace with those questions. Now I just hope I can do my best with the work I have been given to do, and the people I have been trusted with. I understand now that every good thing is a gift. Every breath a miracle. I don't deserve such rich blessings, but they are given nonetheless.

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