About Carrien




Welcome, I'm glad you're here.

I live in a big pink house in the country near a small town on the Thai/Myanmar border with my husband, our 6 children, 1 little snake hunting dog, and an indeterminate and ever changing number of cats. There are a lot of other critters living at our house; bats, snakes, frogs, toads, fish in the pond, geckos, and all sorts of insects, but I don't buy any of those food. My children spend their days climbing fruit trees, reading in hammocks, drawing, writing, painting, building things out of anything they can find, using online resources to build math and science skills, cooking, baking, alternately embracing and resisting the acquisition of a second language, and constantly asking if they can watch shows. They have never attended a traditional school.





In 2010 my husband Aaron and I founded the The Charis Project, with a lot of help from you, the readers of this blog. In 2013 we moved our whole family to Thailand, just 7km from the Myanmar border, to better lead the programs we were developing.

At The Charis Project we work to protect children through a holistic series of interventions for families in crisis that help to heal and strengthen families and give them the courage to stay together. One of our goals is to reduce the trafficking and institutionalization of children, which are symptoms of a deeper problem of family breakdown due to poverty and displacement. When we heal the root causes, the symptoms go away.

In Thailand I create Family Education Resources and Curriculum. These equip parents with the skills and knowledge they need to and give their children the best start at life and help them become strong and healthy adults.


Welcome to the space where I talk about life.

I'm breastfeeding a baby while riding an elephant with a toddler asleep on my leg.
That pretty much sums it up.
This blog has been around since 2006. A lot can happen in that time. I've grown up quite a bit since I started it. I know that writing this blog has been a part of that journey. This is the space where I tell the story I'm living, in all it's stumbling broken glory.

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