Day 11: Where I Became a Lifelong Learner - Houghton, NY

So far we’ve visited people that mean so much to us that live in places that don’t hold that much significance to us personally.

But Houghton is different.

There are few physical places that serve as monumental markers for critical turning points in my life. And Houghton is one of them. I came to Houghton after hearing Dr. Dave Pollock speak on Culture Shock & Transition and Adjustment during a weekend-long retreat in my 11th grade year of high school at Faith Academy. I hadn’t met a person more passionate about TCK’s (Third Culture Kids) and the subject of transition and adjustment. I discovered that Uncle Dave was an adjunct professor at Houghton and taught several classes when he wasn’t traveling and speaking at conferences. After meeting him and exchanging stories about cross cultural experiences, I thought to myself, “If these are the types of professors that teach at Houghton College, then that’s where I want to go!”

I went to Houghton College from 2002 to 2006 and then I remained in Houghton four more years working with the boarding international students at Houghton Academy. Phil completed his Associates Degree in Portland and then continued his studies and graduated from Houghton College as well.

I look back now and I am still immensely grateful for having gone to Houghton. Not only did the professors set the bar high academically, they were also followers of Jesus. They modeled and imparted to me a passion and desire to be a lifelong learner and to filter what I was learning and all of life, through Biblical truths.

We were only there a day, which felt too short, but we were still able to visit and catch up with friends, former colleagues and professors. We will have to return again soon and perhaps stay a bit longer. Thank you Kristina and Linnea for letting us stay with you!

 We stopped in Buffalo to spend time with a dear friend & her husband and they treated us to a delicious Thai food dinner!

We stopped in Buffalo to spend time with a dear friend & her husband and they treated us to a delicious Thai food dinner!

Happy Birthday Phil!

Today was also Phil’s birthday (July 26th) and being Phil, he refused to do anything special to celebrate the day of his birth. Instead he wanted to maximize our time in Houghton visiting people. Well, happy, happy birthday to the man I love! You continually live out and model to me what it looks like to put others above yourself. And that itself is a gift you gave me on your birthday! I love you so much.

It won't be difficult to convince him, though, to go on a celebratory hike near the scenic Columbia gorge when we are back in Portland.

 It was hard even just getting him to blow a candle. But he didn't turn down the gelato.

It was hard even just getting him to blow a candle. But he didn't turn down the gelato.