About Me

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

Colossians 1:4

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 on 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.

“Going to the woods is going home”

John Muir
Sluice Boxes State Park, MT

My soul longs for mountains, trees, rivers, and simplicity. Memories are once again flowing like the melodies that move my soul.

I’m a dreamer~ and could easily be a loner. Feeling confidence around kids and helping others, I enjoyed a career in education. It kept me around “little” dreamers. I’m eager to help others. And along the way, I haven’t helped myself at times. Aren’t we all that way?

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.Through my own stories, and connecting with others, I’m discovering my most authentic self. I hope you find my site an encouragement. We’re on this journey together.

Have faith 💚

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. 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."


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