I’m Shilo. I was raised in a family that continually piled friends, neighbors, and family onto the bench seats around our large table for meals, reading Scripture, and discussing life. Often we had people live with us whether they were recovering alcoholics, directionless teenagers, one transvestite (why ever go out when home is so entertaining?), or extended family. The coffee pot was always on and a gallon of ice cream with multiple spoons meant it was time to sit on the counter and tell stories.
I married a creative, vision-casting guy who’s always juggling at least half a dozen balls in the air. He added youth ministry to the juggling act as I graduated with an elementary education degree in 2002. Due to my role as assistant juggler (and later to growing a family) to this day I have never been paid to teach in a classroom but use my degree every day as I raise four creative, faith-filled, energetic children.
We have been in full time student ministry for over a decade. I am Dutch, practical, sometimes intense, and talk too much. I am a foster parent (we completed the adoption of our youngest Oct. 2012) and passionate about children healing from trauma. I’m also passionate about coffee, journal, Bible infused quiet time, growing things (be it vegetables, a writing project, or children), God’s grace and Truth, sarcasm, story telling, the Pacific Northwest, and running. Okay- I’m not really passionate about running… but I’m convincing myself that I should be.