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A Big Announcement – Going Back to School

Many of you know this bit of news already, but I wanted to formally announce it all the same.

I am going back to school.

To become a registered dietitian.


Even before I graduated the first time around (in 2012 from Manhattan Christian College with a BS in Cross-Cultural Studies) Will started asking me if I would ever want to go back to school.  I always told him I didn’t know, that I hadn’t thought about it.  I didn’t think about it much till this spring.

I don’t know why our culture expects 17 year olds to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives.  Actually at that age I didn’t even know that I had a passion for nutrition.  Looking back I had generally been a pretty healthy eater.  I ate constantly thanks to soccer, but generally I made pretty decent choices.

When I was 19 I found out that I am gluten-intolerant.  It took a long time to get disciplined about avoiding it.  In college it was hard to learn how to fuel up for soccer without glutenous foods.  Now the interesting thing is figuring out other ways that gluten impacts me.  When it comes to your body – nutrition is connected to everything – emotions, mental clarity, hormones, energy, and of course risk factors for cancer, heart-disease, etc.

Out enjoying creation =)

Seeing how ingesting gluten effects various areas of my life, marrying a person who is interested in sustainable agriculture and passionate about gardening, doing ministry with the marginalizedwho have little access to nutritious food, and a general desire to have a healthy body that won’t hold me back from glorifying God in any part of life stirred a passion in me to go back to school for dietetics.

What I want to do is be knowledgeable about and licensed in what I am passionate about and so that God can best use that passion to help others.  I want to help people make healthy choices – to glorify God with their body, soul, and life.

What I don’t want to do is help people achieve a goal weight for the sake of having a more ideal body.  I do not want to become a food nazi.  I do not want to meticulously count calories and grams of this and that.  I do not want to stop eating sugar.  I want to help myself and others find balance in life.  Find discipline and the occasional splurge.  Find colorful vegetables that they like.  Find joy in cooking.  Enjoy eating out without over indulging.  And overall how to have and enjoy a healthy life, a life that is more full of color, flavor, walks in the crisp fall air at sunset, moments of play and laughter with family and friends.  I want people to be able to live lives where their bodies don’t hold them back from enjoying the glory of God and giving Him glory in return.

Now, confession, not only do I not always do the best with my own nutrition, but I  also have been in school for a few months…. Since March.  That’s why my blogging has gotten a bit sparse.  I started with an 8 week, accelerated pace Basic Personal Nutrition class and then over the summer an accelerated pace Biology course.  Now I am about to embark upon a long journey over the next school year.  I will be taking Anatomy & Physiology I and Chemistry I over the next four months, and taking Anatomy & Physiology II and Chemistry II over the spring semester.

books and backpack, ready for the first day and first homework date with Hubster of the semester.

remember the bookshelf I posted about a couple weeks ago?  I had to add a crate to accommodate my growing school library.

Once that is over I will have one more class to finish up my prerequisites.  At that point I will start working through my core degree classes.  That will take me another two years if I continue at this part time/school-on-the-side pace.   This is going to be a journey…

So what I am asking is that you come along with me on this journey, grace, support, learning as I learn, growing as I grow, and marveling at how God made food and our bodies to work together.

My family is super supportive of this venture of mine.

Izzy has an odd way of showing it... I guess she thinks she can teach me more than my text books can.



New Book Smell & Back To School Nostalgia

One of my favorite smells is “new book smell.”  Back in my homeschool days, I used to look forward to the day when the huge, heavy boxes of all my school books for the year would show up.  I would struggle to get them upstairs, rip them open, pull out all my books and start flipping through all the pictures of the things that I would learn.  As I cracked the covers open I would bury my face inside the pages to inhale a deep whiff of that crisp new book smell.

Yes.  I was a nerd.  I joined science club.  I hung out with nerds (and married one).  And I sniffed my books… there you have it all my deep dark secrets.

Now, I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but back to school is all around us.  The specials are on at the store, and outside the air is starting to change from summer to  fall air.  The school bus that stops in front of Will and I’s house has returned as a faithful alarm telling me when to leave for work, and the houses around us have been slowly filling up with the returning migration of college students (consequently so are the streets).

Last year at this time Will and I were eating dinners that consisted of chocolate covered raisins in the car on our way to and from bed, bath, and beyond or target as we were making exchanges and making a home.  I am not even sure if we had chairs at our kitchen table yet.  Needless to say, I didn’t notice the season of academia roaring into full force around me last year.

But this year, everyone is going back to school, and I am not.   What’s even stranger is that this is the second year in a row that I am not going back to school. I did take a year off during college to do an internship, so maybe missing one year of school did not seem abnormal to me.  Now here I am – at the start of year two.  I am out of school, with no plans of going back for a different degree or a master’s degree.  I guess that means I am growing up.

Carrieli, who used to be this little 12 year old who I threw rocks in the creek with the first time I came to Kentucky, is now in high school!  She is growing up!  I really must be growing up then….


Took her out for ice cream to celebrate the big first day of high school!

Took her out for ice cream to celebrate the big first day of high school!

I’ll be honest, sometimes I day dream about school, reminisce the good ol’ days.  I definitely miss the social aspect of it.  I miss learning being handed to you; whereas now if I want to learn something I have to create that opportunity.  I miss some of the people I went to school with and the shenanigans we would get away with.  I miss taking a foreign language.  My Spanish couldn’t get past the 1st quarter of Spanish 1, and my Chinese is nearly non-existent.  I miss being on a soccer team, all the hard work, camaraderie, competition, and laughs.  And yes, I miss the new book smell.

this is what happens at science club competitions

this is what happens at science club competitions

nationals freshman year

nationals freshman year

that's my best friend's car.... this happened regularly during high school and college. lol.

that’s my best friend’s car…. this happened regularly during high school and college. lol.

However, when I think back on those things, they have the flavor of nostalgia, rather than the flavor of longing.  I miss those enjoyable memories, but I do not long to repeat those days.  I miss the environment, but I am thoroughly enjoying where I am.   I guess that means I really am growing up.

Here's to growing up!

Here’s to growing up!


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