After teaching English in Japanese public schools for three years, Stephanie returned to Oregon to attend George Fox University to receive a Masters in Teaching and her Oregon teaching credentials. While in grad school, she met her husband and got engaged. They were married the first month she was teaching Japanese in a public high school, September of 2008. In 2012, they welcomed a son, and she looked for a new job that would allow her to spend more time at home with their first baby. Their second bundle of joy arrived in 2013, and she was very thankful to have a job online while changing diapers for two babies during those busy years. The same year that her first child went to kindergarten, she had her third child and second daughter. Her husband graduated from seminary in 2018 and is looking forward to when he will be in full-time ministry.