About

img_1103Middle-aged dreamer living in an 1200-square foot townhouse with my husband, the handsome, gifted carpenter so-much-more-than-my-wildest-dreams.

That’s me.

Really, I’m just a simple woman living a small life, empowered by some big grace, in a wide world. I’m a Canon-girl who likes snapping pictures of the everyday, and I believe strongly in the power of story. img_1099

I double-book appointments and lock myself out of my house and get stuck in rainstorms without an umbrella. I’m a perfectionist desiring to reform, because perfectionism can look a whole lot like Pharisee-ism.I like to laugh, and yes I am in my thirties and not still in high school (I get that a lot).

YOU are welcome here. You with your story – because we all have one.

Come, process with me, and believe that we – the ordinary redeemed – are surrounded by and possessing a beauty most captivating. Let’s peel back the layers and reject the unholy and rejoice in the glory of a beautiful Savior and His amazing love – for unworthy us.

We are ordinary people with extraordinary purpose. Because of Him. I have to believe this. It breathes purpose into the smallness of a life simply lived.

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This is our son, Leo Michael, the one who made us parents. {Just look at his little hand, will you?} We had him straight out of the hospital, at three-days-old, and didn’t know till he was one-and-a-half, that we could adopt him. December 15, 2015 was one of the happiest days of our lives, when Leo’s adoption was finalized. Our Cub is charming, intelligent, social, and not a day goes by that we are not grateful to be his parents.

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We have loved other babies in our home too, which has meant some beautiful hello-there’s and some sad good-byes. Leo is the most loving and attentive big brother to every little one we get to foster. Fostering stretches and blesses our family more than we could have ever imagined and that’s the short version of that story where we find ourselves, because Jesus said ~ “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 

 

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I am married to this handsome man. He is a simple man of fewer words and deeper thoughts. We are in our eleventh year of marriage and he still makes my heart beat fast.

This is us.

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Welcome to our story.