About Me

April 2010


I write creative nonfiction from a Christian perspective.  Not all my writing is overtly Christian, and I enjoy raising people’s eyebrows at times, but my perspective is an orthodox, Christian one.  At times, I write about things God is teaching me.  Other times I recall stories from past experiences.  I try very hard to keep these stories as true to life as possible, but at times I change details and identifying facts to protect the privacy of others.  I’ve only been blogging for a couple years and I’m learning as I go.  

The daughter of a pastor, I am also a minister.  I grew up in church, around church people, in Christian schools, and have a master’s in theology.  I don’t ever remember being under the impression that Christians were necessarily good people.  I knew we tried to be good and we wanted to be like Christ, but I often heard of the failures, the people trying to straighten out their lives.  I learned that Christianity isn’t they key to perfection, but the key to forgiveness and growth.  Being like Christ is a process we’re all going through and some are farther along than others.  The Bible is full of stories of the struggles of all human beings.  I don’t mind sharing my own struggles if it might help someone else.  David was a man after God’s own heart, and he allowed his faults and failings to be written and preserved.  I’m no better than him.  

It always helps me to remember that God isn’t like us.  He is not a man, not human.  We are made in His image, but He is not made in ours.  When people hurt or disappoint us, we often question God, even blame Him.  God is not the one to blame.  He is our perfect example, the One to strive to be like, and the One who loves us unconditionally.  That gives me such comfort and helps me when I don’t understand His ways.   

When I was a child, my parents read to me constantly.  I learned to love books.  As soon as I was able to read for myself, I continued to devour books.  In an environment where I was pretty sheltered and much of the world was censored, books never were.  I have lived a thousand lives through good writing.  I majored in English in college because I couldn’t believe there was actually a degree in reading books and talking about them!  I love all types of books and make an effort to keep my reading list diverse.  One of these days I hope to write books and actually have them published.  I also do some editing and help others write their stories.  


I hope you enjoy my blog, learn something that helps you along the way, and share your comments with me.  I love to hear from you!

4 responses to “About Me

  1. Sid Rowland


    Interesting to read your blog. I was a friend of your Uncle Orie’s when he lived in Iowa and am a member at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite where he pastored for a number of years. I live about a mile north of where he and Bev built their house along Deer Creek close to Iowa Mennonite School. I bought a farm in 1981 that had a barn sitting on it that needed to be removed so that we could use all of the land for farming rather than farm around it. Orie dismantled that barn and removed the materials and used many of the materials for the cabin you speak of in your blog. It’s a small world.
    Orie was well respected in this community and it was a shock to all of us about his sickness and subsequent passing. If there was anyone who modeled a life of faith and prayer, Orie would be the person we could all take a lesson from.
    Thanks for sharing with your blog.

    • Hi! I seem to be on your “former” blog, before you married but the link from there to your new blog did not work for me. I originally linked on this blog from the blog of Tanya Goodman Sykes because I wanted to read, and send to my niece who is expecting, your post “Ten Things Not to Say to A Pregnant Woman Experiencing Morning Sickness” (don’t think I got that exactly right, but I’m sure you’ll know what I’m talking about). Could you send me a link for that. I read some of your posts and really enjoyed them and just know that would be a fun read to share with my niece (great niece, actually).

      I am also the daughter of a minister who married a minister. We’ve been missionaries for over 30 years and now my husband also pastors two small United Methodist churches.

      Thanks for sharing so many interesting stories from your life experience. I subscribed to your blog and know I will enjoy reading it when I have a chance. Hope you are enjoying rural life as a farmer’s wife. I know I would. We just moved from rural northwestern Wisconsin back into a small town situation in Indiana. It is right for us at this time of our lives and closer to medical help for my mother who lives with us, but I miss the corn fields, the cows and sheep, the deer silhouetted against the evening sky, the bright stars on a cold, clear night in skies untainted by ambient light, and even the thick blanket of snow that covers those fields after the end of the harvest; even though it has to be shoveled and plowed the next morning! Maybe I miss it even more than I thought. God bless you!

  2. I understand what you say about your relationship with your niece. I feel so close to Aiden, and living farther away is difficult sometimes. (However, I also believe that it is a good thing in other ways, in that this is a good time for Jesse and his family to differentiate from us, and make their own life, etc.) I really do understand your conflicted feelings about Alexis! Just wanted to say that …

    • “Conflicted” is right. It’s so hard to leave her, but yet I know I’m where I’m supposed to be. I suppose if I had my own children, it wouldn’t be this hard. But for now, she’s the object of my adoration and it’s hard to be away from her!

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