Welcome! I am first and foremost a loved daughter of God. I struggle to accept this unconditional love, but it is what I strive to first define me. I am also a wife to Stan, 13.5 years and counting. He is a loving and supportive husband, quick-witted jokester, computer wiz, devoted and involved father and leader in our church. We met at a Halloween party in costume, he Tarzan and me Little Red Riding Hood…it’s been quite an amazing adventure thus far. We ballroom dance together which is a type of marriage counseling if you ask me. We stand embracing, me learning to follow his lead, he leading me with strength and clear communication. We gaze into each other’s eyes, we laugh, we move across the floor, we connect in the midst of a very busy life as parents. Dancing is one of the keys to our marriage…both on the dance floor and in a life of faith in God.
I am also “mama” to three precious babes. I have a 9-year-old boy, Landon, who is as equally quick-witted as his father, a gifted baseball player who has an amazing ability to sense the presence and promptings of the Holy Spirit at such a young age. He is tender in his own way and an avid competitor, striving for absolute excellence in any sport or sport-like activity. Connor, his 6-year-old brother, is me in a male child form. He is very sensitive, a peacemaker, a tender and loving soul. He excels in reading and writing and his love language is “words of affirmation”. He also loves to ballroom dance, self proclaiming the waltz as his best dance. Lindsay Jane, our 3-year-old daughter, is a spit-fire, lover of all things little girl and nurturer and helpmate from the word go. She has been such an amazing completion to our family, sometimes I just sit and marvel at God’s perfect plan for our little family.
I am also a pediatric nurse practitioner. I went to UNC Chapel Hill for both undergrad and graduate school and can rightly claim being a Tarheel. I have loved writing since I was in school, always preferring to write papers over taking tests. I have always enjoyed reading, all things inspirational, especially my Bible. I have been fortunate to be able to use my faith in my career, fully believing that my calling as a nurse practitioner is a ministry. I have knelt in exam rooms, praying for healing. I have seen healing come – on earth – and I have also seen the kind of healing that is hard for humans to understand, ultimate healing in heaven.
I have many other names, including daughter, sister, friend, cousin, niece, colleague, neighbor and so many more. I hope to bring, with each different name, a certain relatability and connection to my readers.
Some of my posts may be little nuggets of encouragement while others may be long narratives describing the round-about-way to my discovering of deep spiritual truths and revelations.
Either way, I hope to encourage my readers in their own “right hand work,” whatever that might look like for each uniquely created person. This work is not only worthwhile, but also eternally significant, because ultimately its purpose is to bring glory to God through Christ’s work in us.