About Me

So, here we are…

It’s been quite a road to ‘here.’

We all have our road of life to travel with our fair share of hills to climb, potholes to dodge, and bumps in the road. We all have to go from point A to point Z, and along that route we have a choice to make. We can choose to find joy in the journey or grumble, gripe and complain the entire way. Either way, we will reach the end…but what will we have accomplished along the way? Did we bring encouragement to others or did we cause them to dread to see us coming?

It is said that if you’re not currently in some sort of trial, you have just come out of one…OR, HANG ON, one is coming. How do we navigate the unknown?

When I was a child and had been frightened by a bad dream, I would go to my parents’ room and plead to climb in the bed with them. There was comfort knowing I was protected by my dad. Fear was long gone.

I’ve also been on the other side and had a precious child come to me for comfort in the night. As parents, we truly do our best to care for and provide for our children as best we can. How would it feel if my precious ones did not have confidence in my ability to protect and provide for them?

I’m sure the same is true of our Heavenly Father. When we wring our hands and pace the floor in worry over our current circumstances (or even the dread of the unknown), does His heart grieve even as He knows that He has everything under control?

I’m a living testament to Romans 8:28…for I “know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Growing up we all have a vision of how our lives will unfold. My vision included getting married (one time), having children and making a beautiful home. And while all of those things came to pass, it wasn’t without some uphill climbs, potholes and bumps in the road. It certainly didn’t unfold the way I would have expected or chosen. But all things work together for good…

I believe God allows us to be refined by trials in order to mold us into His likeness. Burning off the impurities until we are pure and more like Him. I also believe God allows the hard times so that we may be empathetic to those who face similar circumstances and we will be prepared to minister and encourage those who are struggling. Of course, this only works if we give up our striving and allow God to re-work us as He ministers to us. And in return, He gives us a testimony of His faithfulness that will overflow to be shared with others.

I have experienced heartache, divorce, the death of a spouse, the loss of a baby, the loss of a sister, bankruptcy, kidney transplantation, caregiving for elderly parents, cancer…but I’ve also experienced the steadfast love of a Heavenly Father who has always met my needs whether physical, financial, or emotional.

On the other hand, I have experienced joy…joy in marriage, the birth of a daughter, the birth of a son, the blessing of enjoying the little things, and the restoration that comes from accepting Christ as my Savior.

In short, I want you to know that there is no circumstance too great to overcome with the help of our Creator. He loves each of us so much that He gave His own Son to die as payment for our wrongs. What love! I have a son. And I cannot comprehend loving someone so much that I would give him over as payment for that person’s wrongdoing. But, God’s gift is so easy to receive. All that is required is that we acknowledge our need, accept Christ’s payment for our sinfulness, and invite Him to be in charge of our lives. I can’t imagine getting through this life without His guidance and presence.

So, about my little world…I married the love of my life in 2018. He is absolutely a gift from God. I never knew what it was like to be cherished and adored until He came into my life. It’s an awesome thing to have a true partner. We’re officially in the ’empty-nester’ season of life. I work full-time as a marketing and communications director which gives me a creative outlet through graphic design and video-making…but my heart is happiest at home, bringing poor, shabby furniture back to life

My oldest, my daughter, marches to the beat of her own drum with her (maybe) 5 foot, 100 pound self. I often wonder what my life would’ve looked like if I were more like her. She’s fearless. She stands up for herself. She doesn’t concede on things that are important to her. She’s been on her own with a successful career for years. She married a guy whom she adores and he is crazy about her. {{{sigh}}}

My son, my youngest, married a beautiful girl this year and they have started a beautiful life together. She’s a middle school teacher, God bless her. IMO, middle schoolers are the hardest form of human to love. {LOL} His path has taken some turns since he went off to college. He switched majors and is now an accountant. If anyone would have asked me five years ago what career my son would choose…it certainly would not have been that.

Oh, how I love them both! So very different, but each so awesome in their own way.

I . couldn’t . be . more . proud.

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