We are a family of four that morphed into a family of six overnight when we adopted our two youngest from Ethiopia in December 2011. That journey helped me rediscover a love for writing that has always been in my heart but lay dormant for years. Turns out blogging doubles as free therapy. I am married to my rockin’ college sweetheart and we served on Young Life staff for 22 years of our married life. Recently, we took the plunge into a whole new career field and it’s been a wild and exciting ride!
The Lord is doing a mighty work in us and graciously refining us one day at a time. We love working together to advance His Kingdom and we believe the local church is the hope of the world. Our calendar can be insane, but hey, what else are we gonna do? I enjoy a good latte and an even better bargain. You can link to my “original,” personal blog here.
Also — I published my first book! Glory be! If you want to sneak a peek or maybe even order one, you can find more about it at this link: “A Beautiful Exchange: Responding to God’s Invitation for More”
Of course — Amazon & Barnes and Noble are representin’ too (paperback or e-book). If you read it, I would love to hear from you!! This thing called “life” is just better when we do it together. If there are any lines that hit you square between the eyes, tweet or Instagram them using #abeautifulexchangebook
. . . and then there is this:
* We got held up at gunpoint on our honeymoon! True story. Peed my pants like 25 times. But, “for our troubles” we each got a green t-shirt with a disturbing phallic-like symbol embedded in the main design. Yeah. Don’t wear it too often.
* I am made up of … 51% extrovert, 49% introvert. I love people, but need ample space and some “me time” to rekindle the love.
* I am a 9 on the Enneagram. The anger triad. #issuesmuch?
* We have two awesome furry babies! One 9-year-old Yorkie who really should be walking around with a top hat and a monocle and one “Heinz57” cutie that we picked up at the pet store. We walked in for a fish and came out with our rescue baby. My kids still wonder if that actually happened because the spontaneous craziness of it all is “so unlike me!” #mamacanbecoolsometimestoo
As I sit in my gated off kitchen cleaning up puppy pee every three minutes, I wonder when in the world I had time to write a whole blog about the possibility of hearing from God?? That “life of leisure” is a distant memory today.
But the new normal in this season got me thinking — can one only hear from God in the silence? In the calm seasons of life? When the conditions are perfect, the candles are lit, the coffee is freshly brewed, no kids are awake and no puppies are peeing?
Or is it also possible to hear from God in the midst of the chaos? In the storms of life?
I have to believe the answer is YES. To both.
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