The purpose of my website is simply to share with you some thoughts along my life’s journey. It’s had its ups and downs, some smooth traveling and some potholes that sent me flying. Even so, the journey is always survivable and it’s always with purpose. That’s because Father God is leading the way and I’m doing my best to follow.
My entire life has been one of travel, adventure, and unusual experiences. I grew up the daughter of an Air Force Sergeant. My mother was a Kindergarten teacher and a Children’s Church leader. We lived in so many places. I spent my High School years in Hawaii and Florida. When I left home as a young adult, I first went to a university in Tennessee and then left for Europe and countries beyond. The last 39 years I have divided my time between work in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, England, and the Southeastern States of the USA.
Over the years I have had opportunity to hike in the Bavarian Alps, travel behind the former ‘Iron Curtain’ of Eastern Europe, ride a train from Shanghai to the southern parts of China, take a helicopter ride to a glacier in the Tien Shen mountains, and spend a week on a canal boat in England, mooring for two nights below Windsor Castle. I’ve had the humbling pleasure of taking clothes and food to those who had little or none in Central Asia, giving medicines to many who could never have obtained it themselves, being involved in a humanitarian outreach that gives aid, comfort, and hope to those overlooked by bigger organizations. I’ve watched as children squealed in delight with a toy they could never have dreamed would be there own and I’ve watched grandmothers cry when we gave them food their meager pensions could never buy. My heartstrings have tugged with the pain of dear friends who have literally run for their lives in a bloody “ethnic cleansing,” wading waist-deep through a rushing river to safety with children in their arms; those filled with hatred and violence chasing after them with knives. In recent years I’ve seen my greatest bucket list dream come true — I lived and worked in Africa for two months, up close and personal with its wildlife. Tears of indescribable joy sprang to my eyes when, after hours of hiking up the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, our guides literally slashing away jungle vines with machetes, I sat with an entire family of Silverback Gorillas. These gentle animals were welcoming and uninhibited by our presence. I’ve had the privilege of training with a team of veterinary professionals in two different veterinary practices. I’ve shared in the joy of watching someone’s beloved pet get well and I’ve cried my own tears to watch another beloved pet slip from this earth. I’ve sat cross-legged on the floor of a yurt eating sheep’s lungs, bumped along in a jeep where there were no roads, and lived in places with no heat or electricity for long periods of time. I’ve walked through slums in India, meeting people who sleep in sewers or live in large garbage dumps. I’ve met nomads in high mountain places, met a president of a Central Asian country, once shared a dessert with Alan Alda, coffee with Charlton Heston, and shook hands with Henry Kissinger. In my childhood I lived with my family for 18 months on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean. It was a place of no cars, thousands of Albatross, and collecting glass balls from broken fishing nets that floated to the island was a hobby for all residents. It was there the late Bob Hope landed with his crew, returning from his Christmas tour to Vietnam. In the early hours of the morning they entertained us too. My list goes on and on of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, adventure, and travel to the “back of beyond” and back. Through it all, whether joyful or sad, my greatest encouragement, constant companion, and the one with whom I could share it all, has been God Himself.
It is my prayer that all who read the pages of this site will be greatly blessed with Father’s own joy, courage, peace, strength, and wisdom to “press on towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
You will also notice that I’ve included Bible notes written by my father, the late Dr. Chuck Blair. They are available in both English and Russian. May you be blessed with the wisdom and insight that God gave him.