I’m a mom of two toddlers. I grew up in South Africa but met my husband at Taylor University, in the teeny town of Upland, Indiana where I was studying English Lit. We were the generation of Shane Claiborne, that “Radical” book by David Platt, and not wanting to sell-out to the corporate Christian megachurch machine. We were the generation where everyone discovered that TOMS shoes and Invisible Children were sucky ways to do international development, but also then also discovered Instagram so we could be our own mission trip heroes. We’re still trying to figure out how we actually follow Jesus, especially as white people. I blogged a lot about that at my old space bridginghope.wordpress.com, and some of these posts can be found here.

We live in South Africa in a tiny house that my husband and his dad built as an adventure in simplicity. We’ve been in it for 3 years, and while it has it’s oddities (and we’d definitely construct a couple of things differently if we did it again), right now it’s perfect for our family. I worked in nonprofit communication for 8 years, got a masters in sociology, and now I’m mostly trying to write while making sure no one burns the house down or sticks lego in their noses.

Enneagram 7 (social subtype for the nerds out there), love me a good poem, some clever dialogue, and learning from writer-mamas who are trying to resist the patriarchy and the white supremacy. (South Africa + America don’t have the greatest record on either of these, so I’m always trying to find anyone to show me how it’s done).

Right now I mostly write on instagram at @steph.e.writes.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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