Welcome to the website of an author and devotional writer who is following Jesus through the second half of her life.
I took it hard when I discovered I’d worked myself out of my dream job of mothering young children.
They are all grown and building legacies of their own. The mismatched silverware and handwritten recipes relocated to my daughter’s kitchen. The cracked mugs are gone. The old towels I planned to keep as cleaning rags? They went to Goodwill because my house stays cleaner now. I stashed a few toys for future visitors, but I don’t live in a kid castle any more. In fact, things get uncomfortably quiet around here.
Hopefully, your life transitions are less bumpy than mine.
I have cherished the Bible since childhood, and continue to savor its gritty and breathtaking reality every day. I hope my blog posts, devotionals, and books shine a light on this valuable source of encouragement for your journey through life as well.
A little history
I‘m a contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today: True Stories of Children’s Encounters with Angels, Miracles, and God, by James Stuart Bell. My story, “Jesus in My Pocket,” tells how I embraced Jesus as my best friend when the tiny doll I hid in my school desk proved to be unreliable. Soon after the book released I wrote more stories from my childhood and entered them in the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade contest, for which I became a finalist.
I asked God for the gift of children because I believe parenting has to be the most creative, fulfilling, and challenging job on the planet—elements that help me grow and stay close to God. My husband of more than forty years is Jerry, and at last count we had eight grandchildren, the most recent arriving through fostering and adoption.
As a wife, mother, and homemaker, and now in my writing, I follow Jesus’s example by drawing life lessons from things we know, like rain storms, seeds, and parties. I might as well copy the greatest storyteller of all time.
Here’s more fascinating stuff
- The final edits on my devotionals for Pathways – Moments with God are complete and due to appear in the Winter 2019-2020 edition. I’ve been writing for Warner Press since 2016.
- I serve on the hospitality team at Oregon Christian Writers conferences, which occur four times a year.
- I’m learning to play classical guitar.
- My favorite activities include relaxing by a camp fire, swimming, playing with children, exploring new landscapes, reading, and spending time with my husband.