From Chiang Mai, Thailand, meet a new member of the clay staff, Abigail Snyder, more commonly known as Abby. Abby is 16 and is in 11th grade. This is Abby’s 2nd year of TPS, and for her first year in clay, Abby will write for the Spotlight column. This year, you might see Abby if you are in English 4 Children’s Literature.
Abby has two sisters: Madeline, who is 13, and Emma, who is 12. The Snyder family are members of a volunteer team who plan to go to Isaan, Thailand as soon as they finish learning the language. Before their family moved to Thailand, they lived in the United States and in China, where they adopted Emma. Abby was born in Florida, where she lived the first 6 ½ years of her life. After living in China for a year, her family moved to Georgia where she lived up until 2 years ago.
Abby refers to herself as an introverted extrovert because while she is shy around new people, she can be very energetic around close friends and family. Abby loves to go road trips with her family, even though it gets a little tight in the backseat. She enjoys doing just about anything with friends. Whether that day’s activities include playing in the park or getting vaccines, she loves it all the same.
When Abby graduates high school, she wants to be an author. Her author spirit really shows as her favorite school subjects are writing, literature, spelling, and occasionally grammar.
Some of Abby’s favorite things are reading many books, writing, the color blue, Sour Patch Kid candies, chocolate, the scents of vanilla and peppermint, and dogs. Abby enjoys listening to Christian music, and some of her favorite artists are Phil Wickham, Rend Collective, and For King and Country. A few of her favorite authors are Bryan Davis, Robin McKinley, and Kate O’Hearn. In her free time, when she isn’t reading or writing, Abby crochets little stuffed animals to give to refugee kids that live on the border of Thailand and Burma. Abby’s favorite Bible verses are Philippians 4:6-7 which say, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (ESV).