I’ve been married ten years, have seven-year old triplets, and love writing to encourage families to love Jesus and be difference makers. I grew up in Atlanta and studied Marketing and International Business at Miami of Ohio. Before having kiddos, I lived in Guatemala for almost a year and led educational awareness trips, taught Bible and math to elementary- and middle school-grades at an inner-city Christian school (Atlanta Youth Academy), and directed a non-profit (Villages of Hope) which supports former foster children and homeless youth.
I was ready to settle in Atlanta when … I met my husband. Since marrying Christian in 2007, we’ve moved 6 times, lived in 4 states, and our kiddos have had 15 surgeries. Some of the surgeries were serious since they were born at 29 weeks and 2.5 pounds, and some not as serious. After five months of being in the NICU, on August 25, 2011, all three were finally home with us!
The reality of daily changing almost 20 diapers and going through 18 bottles, quickly set in. I’m thankful they’re thriving today, and in the messy (very messy) and beautiful moments, I’m so glad I’m their mommy.
I love authenticity, simplicity, and spontaneity (which can
happen only so often now having triplets!). Spontaneity once looked like moving to Guatemala or bungee jumping, and now looks like taking a trip to Einstein’s Bros. Bagels. I’m a big fan of that morning cup of coffee, running, being with family and friends, uplifting someone’s day, and of course, writing. I love books that inspire kids to make a difference, and that is where my writing story begins.
One night during the summer of 2016, my two daughters were curled up reading the Disney Princess Treasury books. I imagined them reading a book that focused on beautiful hearted women in the Bible. I imagined my girls wanting to imitate women who loved the Lord like Esther, Deborah, Mary, Ruth and Tabitha. So that is how my dream began.
Beautiful Hearted Women of the Bible: A Mother & Young Daughter Devotional is a book I’m working on to encourage mothers and daughters to connect with one another and Jesus, and also to grow in inner-beauty. To learn more, click here.
Throughout the writing process, I asked myself, What is my main goal for my kids? What are my hopes for them in 10 years? I want my children to be people who care most about loving Jesus and loving others. I want my choices and the way I parent to reflect that. I obviously don’t always do this, but I sure want to.
And, this is why I created Beautiful Hearted Parenting. I started a Blog, Facebook and Instagram Page to spur families on in following Jesus and loving the Lord and others. To receive my weekly posts via email, enter your email on the right sidebar. You can find my Facebook and Instagram Pages by clicking on the logos at the top or bottom of the page. I hope you’ll join me there!