I am a freshly minted idealistic college graduate embarking on one of the most terrifying journeys of my life. For the next three years, I will be a Mission Intern with the United Methodist Church. The first 18 months of my service was in Brazil with the Projeto Sombra e Agua Fresca (Project Shade and Fresh Water) working with children ages 6-14 years old. The final 18 months of my service is in Billings, MT with Family Support Network working with families whose children have been removed by child protective services.
This blog was created partially to indulge my narcissistic, navel-gazing tendencies and partially to share my journey with the folks back home. I’m embarking on something awesome and I want you, dear readers, to be there with me. Because I can’t bring you with me (I imagine most of you are over my 60lb weight limit…), I am going to share what I can on this blog. Sometimes what I share will be funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but I solemnly swear that it will always be at least a little interesting.
The name of my blog comes from the “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” books where if you give a moose a muffin he’ll want jam on it and cue craziness and unintentional consequences that follow. In the same way, give a girl a passport and craziness will follow. My first passport allowed me to visit Honduras for 2 weeks in the fifth grade. That trip changed me. It planted the seeds of a passion for social justice and international awareness that are starting to blossom.