About Me

Hi! I’m Gail. I currently live in Bloomington, Indiana, a town in Southern Indiana, home of Indiana University. We have lived in Bloomington for more than 20 years. My husband, Tim, is a professor of philosophy at Indiana University. We have 3 children: Brian (23) is in law school at Yale University, Laura (21) is a junior at Hope College, in Holland, MI and Lindsay (17) is a junior in high school. Bloomington boasts of having an award winning public library and our family has put it to good use!’

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I grew up in France where my parents served with TEAM, in church planting ministry for 35 years. My mother is British and we spent many summers as a child visiting family in England and vacationing by the coast of England. One of things I enjoyed about going to England was picking up English books at the shops there to take back. We would also stock up on books when we returned to the US for furloughs.

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Of course, I read many French classics as a child, such as Caroline books by Pierre Probst, Babar books by Jean de Brunhoff, The Adventures of Tintin by Herge or Obelisk and Asterisk books by Rene Goscinny, LaFontaine’s Fables, as well as Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery, and The Three Muskateers by Alexandre Dumas (most of these are available to you, in English translation.) However, as a child, my favorites which I would read and reread were Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter, The Little House of the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis and Heidi by Johanna Spyri. My mom would read aloud to us, and I will never forget her reading of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein. Her Golum voice as she would whisper to us: “What has it got in its pocketses” in her british accent was priceless!

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On Christmas morning, my favorite package under the tree was a pile of books, often shipped from the US. I would sit curled up, with my mom’s homemade banana bread and steaming cup of tea, reading for hours. I would love to give that same gift to your child in the years to come! (Christmas is often a time for family visits – I can mail books to your family members or friends who can then bring those books with them when they visit you for the holidays.)

Sincerely,

Gail

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. What an exciting mission! This is a thrilling idea. Watch out:-) As word spreads you will have a full-time non-profit on your hands. I am an MK from Africa and our library of literature was one of our family’s most prized possessions (and most borrowed). As people start using e-readers, it becomes much more difficult to borrow books from friends, an added challenge for those living overseas who don’t have libraries in their own language to borrow ‘real’ books from. Bless you for taking this on. I will spread the word! (Found you through Marilyn’s blog:-)

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    • Thanks for your comments! Yes, it can see how it can become a full-time non-profit as word spreads, especially with social media. However, I am grateful as I love sharing my love of books with families overseas and I am making a lot of new friends with book lovers and readers everywhere!

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  2. How cool! Although we only have two kiddos still at home (and one of those ready to soon graduate), this is a PHENOMENAL blessing! My kids have read every English-language book they can get their hands on, and many of them numerous times, so fresh reading material is a golden treasure. And I agree with the comment above that with e-readers, it’s all the harder now to share books. Thank you for such a wonderful ministry!

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    • Thank you for your email. I do carry young adult and some adult books if you would like books for your older children. I have older children (22, 19, 16) who all love to read so please feel free to get a few books for your teens. Although e-readers are great and practical and don’t take up much space (my basement is full of books) I still love the feel of a crisp book in my hands to curl up with.

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  3. Hi…wow…This is amazing. Our family lives in Thailand, from NZ originally, and we have three boys who devour books. In fact if you ask my oldest what he misses from NZ it’s not people it’s libraries! Thank you….what you are doing brings joy to not only the child receiving the books but to the whole family. I will send an email to get your book list.

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  4. The wonderful box of books came yesterday… amazing! Thank you so much for your diligence in doing this service for third culture kids! A team is going next week and will take the books with them. Blessings and many thanks!

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