About Me

“For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people.”

Colossians 1:4

To best describe me, I’ll start with the basics. Born and raised in S.W. Missouri, I was fortunate to attend the same school for all 13 years. As a youngster I dreamed of being a teacher~and a Mom. Fresh out of college, I became both. Headstrong on completing every goal in front of me, I put the “pedal to the metal” on my career. Teaching and motherhood defined me. The truths learned under steeples, coupled with the great outdoors, have guided me most of my life. The river of life has had its share of rapids. Tossed about at times, I always tried to lean on lessons learned. What kept me floating was pure faith~even when I tipped my own canoe over many times~and felt like drowning.

“Going to the woods is going home”

John Muir
Sluice Boxes State Park, MT

My soul longs for mountains, trees, rivers, and simplicity. And for the first time in several years, memories are flooding my heart and mind. They trickle down my cheek like the waters I admire across our country.

And now, as I approach my half-century mark, there is more clarity on why living in the “unknown” is a period of growth. This is a beautiful period for me to walk hand-in-hand with my heavenly Papa as he shows me future paths. Trails that will be shared with my own grown children, grandchildren, other family members, and the simple souls I meet on this journey. And it’s through my writing, and connecting with others, that I’ll meet my most authentic self in the mirror each day. And hopefully, encourage others as we tread forward.

I’m a flannel-wearing, Christ-following Mom, Grandma, dog-lover, nature nerd, and former educator. History and the great outdoors drive my curiosity. As an avid “Little House on the Prairie” and Western films fan, I dream of traveling in a wagon West to untouched land. At times I haven’t read the “fine print”. Yet, through teaching, learning, living, laughing, and adventures, my body has climbed out of valleys~and ascended and descended mountaintops (physically, spiritually, and emotionally). Through these journeys life has proven only redeemable with faith. Having had a taste of the R.V. life, I crave simplicity and long for the roads less-traveled (as long as they lead back to what matters most~family).

Denali National Park, AK
"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul."