Meet Kathy

The Bible in my life

My motivation for studying the Bible hasn’t always been the noblest. My interest began when I received my first copy on my ninth birthday. I was spellbound to see my name engraved in gold lettering on the cover. Not interested in the content, I carried it with me, showing it off to my friends.

I didn’t actually read it until I opened it once during the pastor’s sermon to chase my boredom away. This soon became a habit, and its words took root in my heart.

I became a rabid reader when I was given a reading chart. I loved marking my accomplishments, so I dove in to read as many chapters as I could. Of course, I raced through without considering the Bible’s message to me personally.

By the time I hit my teens I felt quite accomplished, critiquing the pastor’s sermons and correcting him in my mind. I memorized verses for Sunday School and became quite sassy at home. You might say I was close to being a perfect little know-it-all.

And that was the problem. I knew it all. So I thought.

Can you imagine how jarring it was to learn that Jesus didn’t like people like me, who believed they could please God by following rules? It rocked my world! Why had I never seen this in the scriptures before?

That’s why I embrace the Bible as I do now. I want to savor its breathtaking, and sometimes heartbreaking, reality. To discover the answers to my longing to know God and follow him closely. To be assured I’m not resisting his will or misinterpreting his message.

I hope my blog posts, devotions, and other projects nurture your appreciation for this life-changing resource. If you think they might, follow my blog by signing up below. It would be great to be in touch with you.

At home

My husband for more than four decades is Jerry. We have five children and over the years we welcomed twelve foster children into our home. We have also cared for kids who didn’t come from social services, and even sheltered a homeless person. Our family has grown to include nine grandchildren, the two most recent arriving through adoption.

And more fascinating stuff

  • I assist Jerry with marketing his handcrafted knives at
  • Another favorite activity is serving on the conference staff with Oregon Christian Writers.
  • I’m learning to play classical guitar.
  • Weekly lunches in a local coffee shop, with my Dad and other family members, are events I cherish.
  • You might also find me relaxing by a camp fire, playing with my grandchildren, exploring new cultures, mentoring and editing for other writers, singing old hymns, and watching football games with my family.

. . . in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”

Philippians 3:8-9 ESV


  1. It’s nice to meet you too, Shirley. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our paths crossed one day? We’d certainly have a lot of stories to share. My husband isn’t much of a traveler, so we usually don’t find occasion to leave Oregon unless it’s to hug the grandchildren who live in Florida.

  2. “Twas nice to meet you at the Books & Such blog, Kathy, and thank you for your kind words about my blog. I popped over here to know you better and discovered that we’re kindred spirits in parenting other people’s children. My hubby and I were houseparents early on in our marriage (17 boys total, no more than 11 at a time). Later we added brothers to our family (ages 5 & 8 when they came to us), first as foster children, later adopted. I also work in health care, We’re on opposite sides of the country, but overlap in so many ways.

    Pleased to make your acquaintance!

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