If I had to pick one word to describe my family, it would be fun! When we are together we seem to constantly laugh. My parents live about 45 minutes away from our house, and we visit each other often. They have been married for 34 years and, like Rachel's parents, are an amazing example of what a loving marriage looks like. My younger sister and her husband live in Oklahoma City. They both work in the public school system, and are passionate educators. We get together to eat good food, play games, and go on crazy adventures. My extended family lives in the Boston area, and we usually all make a big family trip to visit cousins, aunts, and uncles at least once a year.
My grandpa was a pastor, and I grew up playing in his church and being mesmerized by his old, old Bibles. But, from a young age, I was taught that your faith was not just about going to church, but about living out the way of Jesus in the nitty-gritty of the world. My grandpa marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama and spent his life fighting for racial and gender equality in Boston. He taught me that your faith needs to have hands and feet and has to actually make a difference in the real world with real people. Because of that, we have always been deeply involved in our local church and community.