I’m Joy, and this is my blog. I am a 30-something wife, mom, friend, and neighbor. I have always loved to write, and I created this space to encourage me to do so, more often.
About the name, Hometown Found.
Although Lansing is my home, now, I actually grew up without a hometown. My parents did mission work and I lived in Bangladesh and Malaysia as a child. I attended homeschool in the jungle and a boarding school on the South China Sea. It was an amazing way to grow up, but I missed having roots somewhere, a place to name when people asked the simplest question of “where are you from?”.
Here in this smallish city in mid-Michigan, I’ve found incredible friends, beautiful spots to enjoy nature, and my favorite Mexican food truck. I’ve met refugees starting their lives over in safety, a local band with a vaudeville flare, and people working to make a difference through local government.
After living and traveling all over the world, this is not where I thought I’d end up. But Lansing is now my hometown — I’ve finally found it!
So, I’ve started this blog to challenge myself, to:
- be a more engaged citizen in my hometown;
- connect with my neighbors;
- share what I’ve learned about motherhood so far; and
- learn from others who take part in this creative space about any of the items above, or about anything else.
So, I’ll be writing this blog to share the things I find in Lansing and the things I learn while I’m here. I’d love for you to join me.