The first story I ever wrote told the tale of a swan and a frog who frolicked in the pond. I remember very little about the story itself except that, 1) The word “belched” was written in large 2nd grade scrawl (what would have been all caps and bolded, had it been typed) and 2) I won 2nd place in a school writing contest for that story. That’s all it took–one sweet moment in the spotlight on a cafeteria stage in my elementary school. I decided then that I was going to be a writer.
Since that day many moons ago, I have written through every blessed experience of my life and have a box of journals to prove it. Grammar is not my best friend, as her stuffy rules sometimes sour my creative juices. Despite the fact that I have been writing my whole life, I am only now learning to whisper the word, Writer, when someone asks, “so what do you do”?
It’s printed on my business card, Writer, but still sometimes, the word lodges in my throat when I try to say it. I’m working on owning it.
As a military brat, my childhood was spent gallivanting around the globe and up and down the East Coast, absorbing everything, as only children do. I leaf through memories of learning Italian before English, learning Turkish from the locals, playing by the creek in Virginia and fearing the ‘scary’ cornfield that loomed at the edge of the back fence. I met my husband when we were just sixteen when he took another girl to the Homecoming dance, but came home with me.
Now I spend my days homeschooling my four children and playing wife to the boy who stole my heart before I knew what had hit me. In my spare time, I’m a reluctant runner, a photographer, a MOPS coordinator and an Advocate for Compassion International. I read books like a word-starved animal and I cook like a food-crazed, wannabe pro chef.
I love Jesus.
I love people.
I love pointing people to Jesus.
I’m a grace junkie though sometimes I struggle to accept it.
I believe in the Holy Trinity, I believe in the words of the Nicene creed. I’m Catholic by birth, turned Episcopalian transplant, turned Anglican turned Lutheran by Marriage. (Missouri Synod) More than any of this I believe in Jesus. I believe He is the living son of the most high God, conceived by the virgin Mary, I believe He was crucified died, raised and lives today. I believe in the words of John 14:16 where Jesus says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. I believe that no one is so broken that God can’t fix them. I have seen the grace of God in full living color in my own life and I know without a doubt that same grace is available to all who seek the Lord. I know this because it says so right here: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
I give thanks for every blessed comment left on this site. Your words are a gift to me and I pray I never take that for granted. There is a lot out there to read and if you take the time to read and talk to me here, it means the world to me. I respond to each comment as time allows, but believe me, I read them all and I marinade in their sweetness every chance I get. YOU bless me.
I have guest posted at various other sites and am always willing to when time allows.
So now you know some of my story, What’s yours?
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