About Lynnette

USA Today Bestselling Author Lynnette Bonner - About

  

malawi_map I am the daughter of missionaries. I was born and raised in the warm heart of Malawi, Africa.  I can’t think of a better way to start a life. Malawi is a beautiful country in more ways than just aesthetics.  Their motto ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’ is true of its friendly and open-hearted people. I spent my early years running through the crisp African grasses with my dark-skinned friends, playing ‘cows’ or climbing the acacia tree in our front yard.  I spoke the language, Chichewa (Chee – Chay’ – Wuh), fluently.

Fourth grade saw me off to boarding school at  Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. Except for 3 years our family spent in the US, I attended RVA until I graduated in 1990. Boarding school is a bonding, life-long-friendship-making adventure, and I am thankful to have experienced it.

‘Integration’ back into the US was a trying time in my life – and the life of my driver’s test instructor, who I’m sure lost 10 years of her mortal existence as I blithely began a ‘free’ left-hand turn. (They drive on the left side of the road in Africa.)  Adjustment didn’t come easy, but eventually it did come.

In the fall of 1991, I met this great-looking (kind, compassionate, wonderful, wise… ) red-head who grew up in the sticks of Idaho. That’s just about as close as you can get to African ambiance and still be on US soil. Since he decided that he liked a few things about me as well, we were married in 1992. He’s my best friend and I love him very much.

We spent 8 years living in Idaho – that’s how I know about the African ambiance – and now we have been back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest for many years.

We have four wonderful children who grew up way too fast, and the cutest granddaughter in the world! They are the pride and busyness of our lives.

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