Just call me “rural”. 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 Mother, teacher, veterinarian, missionary, zoologist, singer, and definitely, a writer (and the list goes on). Eclectically-speaking, I pieced my personality on Jesus, Jane Goodall, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mary Magdalene, Mother Teresa, Tammy Wynette (throw in a bit of Merle Haggard), Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Emily Dickinson.
Headstrong in completing every goal in front of me I put the “pedal to the metal” to complete a teaching degree and start motherhood (the best thing I’ve ever experienced). 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 leaned on lessons learned (and still do). What’s kept me floating is pure faith~even when I tipped my own canoe over many times~and felt like drowning. Through teaching, learning, living, laughing, and adventures, my body has climbed out of valleys; 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).
I’m a flannel-wearing, Christ-following Mom, Grandma, dog-lover, nature-craver, history buff, and learner. I’m an Indie Author having published my first creative non-fictions children’s book (2021) with both history and the outdoors in mind (check out my Faith and Finley page for more information). I dream of visiting open prairies, big mountains, rivers, and any beautiful and historical areas in our world.
We all have a story. No matter what anyone thinks or declares about you dear friend know this: you were chosen and you are loved. And you have a story to tell. I’m here. I’m listening. I understand.
In May of 2022, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer-Neuroendocrine. It’s also known as N.E.T.s (Neuroendocrine Tumors). Life has shifted. The reasons why I write are still the same. Cancer will not define me. The love I have for God and others determines my faith. I hope you find my journey an encouragement.
Have faith 💚
"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."