My passion is to inspire women to press through pain, embrace hope, and live wholeheartedly.
I live with my husband, Geoff, in the beautiful Pacific N.W., just outside of Portland, Oregon. God has blessed us with six children – three in our hearts and three in our home.
Many years ago I asked God to “break my heart for what breaks His.” At the time, I was incredibly naive and had no idea what I was asking. But, answer He did, and I have never been the same.
There is beauty in brokenness because it has the amazing power to bring new life.
If we allow, God will use our brokenness to bring hope – amazing and indescribable hope.
Throughout my life, God has brought me through devastating heartache, loss, and trauma. My life and heart have been shattered beyond recognition, so many times I have lost count. And, though I have grieved [deeply] and even wailed [uncontrollably] at times, my God is faithful. I am still alive, and fairly sane (ha ha.)
Throughout the trials and pain, God has refined my faith, increased my trust, and caused me to fall head-over-heals-crazy-in-love with Him.
While I would never choose to endure all I have, I am eternally grateful and forever changed. That said, I am still very much a work in process. Still learning, still growing, and still being fashioned after the One who has won my heart.
I am oh-so-thankful for all He has done for me, but most especially for the gift of His Son, Christ Jesus as my Savior and King. To Him be the glory.
My back story:
I first began blogging back in 2002 as a way to process overwhelming emotions as my family walked through a traumatic life experience. Writing allowed me to acknowledge God’s redemptive love and grace in the midst of unbearable PAIN.
Three years later, God brought us into a season of HOPE as we found ourselves paperchasing our way to bring our youngest daughter, Sara KangXia, home from China. My blog became a place to chronicle our adoption journey.
Since then, we have been both blessed and challenged beyond belief. It’s been a gloriously-painful, beautifully-exasperating wild ride. It’s been awful. Really, really awful. And wonderful. Really, really wonderful.
Like Job, I have learned to humbly proclaim, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (1:21)
Without God and the amazingly people He has placed in my life over the years, I would not be alive today to share His goodness and faithfulness. I am extremely thankful for the support, prayers, listening ears, encouraging words, hugs, shared tears, and unconditional love my friends have showered my family with throughout our highs and lows.
Through the years, God has brought into my life people who have survived similar traumas and losses. It really does make a difference when people have walked in similar dark places. I have been deeply blessed by their support.
As I move into a new season, God is now bringing women into my life who are hurting and in need of support. My desire is to allow God to redeem the pain I have experienced to help others find hope and to bring Him glory. It is in this spirit that I share my journey with you.
I don’t have all the answers. But I know the One who does. And, I believe His promise that “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation, 21:4, ESV)
My Friend, please know you are welcome here. More than my story or my words, I pray you would know the amazing love and redemptive power of my God and my King. May you know and trust that you are loved with a fierce and passionate LOVE.
And, whatever situation you find yourself in, whatever your past or history, there is a strength available to you, and GRACE like you have never known. He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5). There is HOPE and there is healing available to you.
Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” but He has come that we “might have life, and have it abundantly.”
It is possible for you to not only survive, but to thrive in this life. I am learning how to live WHOLEHEARTEDLY and it’s an exciting ride!
So, welcome to my blog, but more importantly welcome to an adventure of a lifetime. Walking with the Lord is an indescribable experience and I am thrilled to invite you along.
With all my love and grace,