I’m so glad you’re here. I’m passionate about serving up encouragement to help you cultivate a heart-first, grace-fueled home. As a mom of three kiddos and wife to my best friend of 12 years, I like you live in the tension of the vision of family I feel like God has given me and the very unpredictable, sometimes just plain hard and messy day to day.
That’s why I’ve created this online space to:
- Encourage you to wholeheartedly and intentionally engage with God in the unique process and transformation of your own heart. His work within us is our freedom.
- Inspire you to give God’s Living Word that foremost place of influence as you foster a family culture that honors the bigness of God and all that’s possible in and through Him in your one-of-a-kind family.
- Give you practical tools and resources to foster life-giving relationships in your home.
- Share favorite books and resources to support all of the above.
My People & My Greatest Adventure
The Presence Centered Home
I truly believe that our awareness of God’s presence in our lives gives us a peace, endless grace and uncommon courage to “show up” with what sometimes feels like our “little” each day. Like that little boy who offered his lunch to Jesus out on a crowded hillside, I believe if we’ll bring what we have, God will multiply our gift for His glory. It’s not easy. I’m in the thick of it too. Besides being an unlikely homeschool mom with a 2 year old, I have a son with special needs. I’ve come through seasons where I just wasn’t sure God chose the right person to mother these amazing children. Good news. He picked me. He picked you. Nothing we do or fail to do is ever going to undo the fact He chose us. In the safety of that assurance, we can lean in to Him, the author and the finisher of our faith.
On a lighter note.
I met my husband when I was 14. We didn’t become friends until 4 years later, but I distinctly remember thinking “That is one cool last name!” So the joke is that I married him for his cool name.
I could live on Tex-Mex. I love books (mostly non-fiction), because I’m a nerd and always in research mode (Yep, INFJ and Enneagram 5 me.). I’d choose to live in a long baggy sweater with leggings as the all-occasion outfit of choice if the weather and wardrobe afforded it.
Those close to me know I’m extremely silly and have been known to get just a tad slap happy after a certain hour. And for me, there’s not a whole lot better than sitting down with hot coffee and a dear friend to chat about life, love, the goodness of God, and all the crazy stuff in between.
Why I do what I do *rant*.
I believe that God’s promise to never leave us makes all the difference in the world to us and our families. When we grow to understand who God is, what the Holy Spirit brings to our lives, fear and striving lose their hold. Our life can become an affirmation that we are hosting Christ, even in the midst of life’s greatest messes. His presence in our lives gives us courage to lean in to what He’s doing in us. His grace empowers us to be present and proactive in our homes.
As mothers, duty calls daily and we can’t pause all of our responsibilities. However, if I ignore this inner world of my spirit and soul, I will struggle with these outside works as a performance or a grasp for control, rather than the practice of a healthy soul.
As one who’s been in youth group or church leadership capacity for the last 20 years, I’ve faced heartbreak, eating dysfunction & bulimia, addiction, financial struggle and motherhood challenges just to name a few. I knew a lot of scriptures. I could lead mission trips abroad. But I felt ill-equipped for dealing with what life was throwing at me. My experience told me that I was not safe being honest about my heart’s condition. I accepted a lie of shame that yelled, “You should be beyond this struggle.” I struggled with my inner life even as I tried to do all the right things on the outside. God is concerned with our hearts. The reality is that we are all in process. We must be those who “stay current” with what’s going on in the inside of us. Jesus has liberated us from a performance-driven life.
Although God sprinkled my life with men and women who spoke truth into my life from afar, I often wished that someone would grab hold of me and show me how to live in the tension of the messiness and brokenness of life while still engaging in great and hopeful purpose beyond me. I’m passionate about sharing how to access the power of God’s word and engage in gritty exchange with Him, which changes everything about the way we see, experience joy and bravely move forward. I want this to be a place where every woman, whether she’s married, a single mom, a young or seasoned believer can know that we’ll never outgrow tending to these hearts of ours.
Though our journeys look different, we are all pieces of God’s story and we share that together. We don’t need to walk this journey alone.
Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear about you!
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