I was born in Hagerstown, Maryland in 1974 and lived on a small farm in Greencastle, Pennsylvania until--when I was eleven years old--my family moved to a small farm in East Tennessee. I spent as much time as possible on horseback before graduating from high school in 1992.
I've always enjoyed reading, writing, and singing, and I played flute and piccolo in high school.
I'm extremely close to the family into which I was born, and I consider "daughter" and "sister" vital parts of my identity.
I studied English at Maryville College and--upon
graduating in 1996 with a B.A.--moved to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where I met
my ex-husband later in the same year. I followed him to Dallas, Texas; Harrisonburg, Virginia
(where our son Cade was born, in 2000); and Richmond, Virginia, where I live, today.
earned an M.A. in English from James Madison University in 2002. In
2004, my ex-husband and I separated, and we've both since remarried.
There are few things of which I'm more proud than my husband's and my
relationship with my ex-husband and his wife. Together, the four of us
are raising an amazing young man!
My husband Jim and I dated at Maryville College in 1994
but--until 2007--hadn't seen one another since our graduation in 1996.
Three months after reconnecting, we married in my parents' front yard.
Clementine joined our family in 2009 and Charleigh in 2010. We suffered a
miscarriage in January 2012, but Chip joined our family in November 2012.
worked in many different places and have probably
spent more time waiting tables than anything else. My favorite position
(other than my current one, as stay-at-home mom) was that of an English
instructor to adult students in a technical school. These days, I'm
hanging out with my kids, blogging, and teaching a women's Sunday school
class. I'm also writing the redemption story of a married couple whom I know
I blog primarily for my children but hope I'm shining the light
of Jesus for others, along the way. I asked Christ into my heart when I
was eight years old but am sad to think of all the dark places into
which I've carried (or dragged) Him. My path hasn't been straight, but I
haven't walked it alone for thirty years, and I'm so thankful to have been neither left nor forsaken by my Lord.