I’ve been married over 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, leading educational awareness trips, taught Bible and math to elementary- and middle school-students 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 16 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 finally were at 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 summer night, 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. That is how my dream began.
Beautiful Hearted Women of the Bible: A Mother & Young Daughter Devotional encourages mothers and daughters to grow in inner beauty and to connect with one another and Jesus. To learn more, click here.
Throughout the writing process, I asked myself, What is my 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 the Lord 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. I created Beautiful Hearted Parenting on Facebook and Instagram to spur families on in following Jesus and his words to love the Lord and others.
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