Everyone has a story. I’m grateful to you for stopping by to find out a little bit more of my own.
Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s on the South Side of Chicago, I learned to be street smart and how to handle bullies. I also learned the benefits of having a huge imagination and a strong will. The only girl in a family of all boys, including a zillion boy cousins , led me on many adventures. I wasn’t afraid of anything. Racing train cars, climbing hills, crossing frozen rivers while eluding bad guys fueled my already adventurous spirit.
Growing up close to such a big city, I became a “Noticer” of all things beautiful. Stars, clouds, wildflowers, birds–anything wild that wasn’t made of cement drew my attention. I began writing stories, dreaming about mountains, and drawing pretty places. I was a Noticer, an artist.
I loved books. Narnia and Oz were places of refuge for me. Ramona made me laugh. Laura Ingalls made me brave.
All through my childhood, I heard God whispering to me…calling my name. His voice was familiar. Sometimes I said “No way” to God, but mostly, I said “Yes.” I’ve followed even when it’s hard, and sometimes it’s been really, really hard. But knowing Jesus and making Him known have been the greatest joys of my life.
I married my high school sweetheart Rob in 1993. I was 19 and he was 21. We live in Granger, Indiana with our three princesses, Maddie, Whitney, and Isabelle. Rob has been a pastor at Granger Community Church for 21 years. Every day is a new adventure, and adventure is what I was made for. In 2019 Rob and I, along with a team of amazing people started the KC Underground, a church made up of microchurches in the Kansas City area. We have a microchurch in our neighborhood, and I think I can speak for Rob and I both when I say that we are happy, fulfilled and so grateful to be a part of this movement.
I love to read and write. I am a Noticer still. I am captivated by what I see through the lens of my camera every single day. I find God in the small things, His beauty and evidence are everywhere. Knowing God through art, photography and writing are what I feel most passion for. My photo site is called Illuminate the Ordinary. It’s where I pour a lot of my passion and creativity into. I’d love to see you there too!
Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to get to know you a bit better too! Leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’d love to hear from you~