Saydi Eyre Shumway holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia. She has worked as a social worker for all kinds of agencies supporting families, both in the U.S and as a volunteer abroad. She writes: "Here’s my story—a common story, I’m finding out: I had some expectations for my life, and my life isn’t turning out as expected. I expected I’d go to college, serve a mission for my church, maybe attend graduate school and then get married, work for a while and have kids. That all happened….perhaps not in the same way or as quickly as I thought it would, but it happened. What happened after that is where the “unexpected” comes in."