I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I went to the University of Richmond in Virginia and worked at various jobs till deciding to get a Masters of Library Science at Texas Woman's University. I met Dusty while working for the Denver Public Library, and the Lord lead us to go into the ministry of Bible translation with Wycliffe. I enjoy the outdoors - hiking, and snow shoeing specifically when I'm able, and reading, writing, and having music on all the time. I sing with the church music team and lead a ladies' Bible study group. I have really enjoyed getting to know our neighbors and started a book club for neighborhood women, which has been a real blessing.
Dusty grew up in Parker, Colorado, just south of Denver. After graduating from the University of Colorado with a degree in Civil Engineering, he practiced as a structural engineer with Merrick & Company and received his Professional Engineer license before transitioning vocationally to Bible translation in 2003. On our first furlough he finished his Masters Degree in Sociolinguistics - the study of how language, people, and society interact. Dusty enjoys sports, building projects, and the outdoors. He is always up for a game of golf, a hike, or a bike ride. The kids quickly learned to say "Go Rockies!" and "Go Buffs!" and his fantasy baseball team is the Pikes Peak Polyglots! Recently he finished our basement as a family room, guest suite (welcome, friends!) and office while he works remotely from home.
Tessa Annalise is a 7th generation native Texan. She was born in Dallas on March 18, 2005. Tessa is in 9th grade for the 2020-21 school year. She is creative and loves animals, with her current favorite animal being the otter. She enjoys reading, playing with friends, helping in the kitchen, and singing. She has been playing volleyball for a few years and wants to take up tennis in the spring. Now that we're back in Colorado, she's enjoying hiking and biking too. She has a sweet and sensitive spirit and wants to be a pilot, police officer, or photographer when she grows up.
Jackson Holt is our first "African-American!" He was born in Nairobi, Kenya on December 23rd, 2006. Jack is in the 8th grade for the 2020-2021 school year, and his favorite subject in school is science. Jack is enjoying being a Boy Scout, and has been Scouting for a few years. He likes reading, biking, camping, and climbing trees, but his all time favorite activity is hanging out with friends. He has been running with his cross country team at school, but his current favorite sport is lacrosse. His newest endeavor is skateboarding (with a helmet, thank you very much). He wants to be an engineer when he grows up, specifically an engineer of buildings with modern electricity.
Cooper Clement is our second "African-American" and was also born in Nairobi. His birthday is March 27th, 2011. Cooper is in the 4th grade for the 2020-21 school year. He is a remarkable reader and won the award at school for both conscientiousness and wonder. He is a kid who loves action and books, cookies and playing outside. He is a big hugger and really likes riding his bicycle. He has been a Cub Scout for a few years and enjoys learning outdoor things with the other boys in his den. Cooper would like to be a video game tester when he grows up, and surely he'll drive a Mini Cooper.