“My story is important not because it is mine, God knows, but because if I tell it anything like right, the chances are you will recognize that in many ways it is also yours. Maybe nothing is more important than that we keep track, you and I, of these stories of who we are and where we have come from and the people we have met along the way because it is precisely through these stories in all their particularity, as I have long believed and often said, that God makes Himself known to each of us most powerfully and personally. If this is true, it means that to lose track of our stories is to be profoundly impoverished not only humanly but also spiritually.”
Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets
My name is Karissa.
I’m a reformed city kid, living in a small community on the West Coast of Canada, accessible only by boat. (But it’s not an island. Figure that one out.)
I’ve lived at
14 15 addresses in 5 cities and 2 countries.
I’ve visited 18 countries.
I can’t remember a time when I’d never been on an airplane. My earliest memory is in South Korea.
I had to edit this because I got a fact about myself wrong.
I keep a list of books I want to read and it is currently at
149 174 titles.
My husband is 6’1″. Which means I could wear 5″ heels and still not be taller than him. You’ll probably never see me in 5″ heels though.
I learned to swim in a lake.
I learned to kayak in the ocean.
My daughter’s name was partially inspired by Matthew 13:45-46. Her middle name means “consecrated to God”.
I’m allergic to echinacea.
I just cannot get through Ulysses by James Joyce and that giant book sits on my shelf, continuing to shame me. I have, however, read War and Peace.
My favourite food is macaroni and cheese.
In real life, I’d talk to you all you wanted about c-sections and necessary medical interventions when it comes to birthing but it feels weird to talk about, unprompted, on the internet. Just know that I have no problem with my giant scar.
I speak French, terribly.
I told you I read War and Peace so you’d think I’m smart.
The best truth I know about myself is that God loves me.
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