Greetings! Thanks for checking out my little corner of the internet world. I do my best to update this account of my life with information about current life questions, knitting projects, adventures and hopes. I’m 32 years old, and I’ve lived in various parts of the country, including California for the last 6 years, although I’m originally from the Philadelphia area. I now spend most holidays and summer vacations in central Ohio with close friends and family. In September of 2008 I moved to Waco, Texas, although I didn’t know anyone in this part of the country when I first arrived.
Here are some things about me:
Although this blog only goes back to April of 2008, I’ve actually been journaling online since March of 2001. Hard to believe how long it’s been and how much it has become part of my world.
I am a passionate person about all areas of life, love and faith and I’ve had my share of heartache as well as joy. I believe each of the joys and challenges I’ve experienced in my life has made me who I am.
I’ve been told I have an ability to put people at ease and allow them to be fully themselves when they are with me. Makes it easier to have a good time and laugh together.
I cherish simple things in life like hitting all the green lights, a freshly cleaned bathroom, good hold music, chipotle burritos, smooth dark chocolate, garden fresh vegetables and the laughter of children.
My faith in a sovereign grace-extending God is central to my ideas about the world and my insistence on loving all people regardless of their faults and/or strengths. I am, however, realizing that my idea of what it means to be “Christian” can sometimes be different than the standard evangelical protestant stereotype. I believe that God is endlessly and tirelessly pursuing me, and that there is nothing I can do to keep His love from me. I grew up in a reformed presbyterian church, and while I am part of a different flavor of church community now, I still draw my understanding of the nature of God from the reformed tradition.
I don’t always vote republican, I’ve never been married and have no children, I drink socially, I sometimes use strong language, and I have close friends who are gay or lesbian.
I don’t believe we were put on earth to separate ourselves from the “secular.” If God created the world, all of it… doesn’t that make everything sacred?
I spend a lot of time considering how my faith should play out in my life, which has led me to some times of doubt and some difficult questions. Nevertheless, God has shown me time and time again the beauty that is His love and forgiveness.
I desire to live my life surrounding myself with love, laughter, people, community and opportunities to give of my faith and blessings from God to others.
I’m always looking for others that want the same thing.
I wish to learn how to love the unloveable, work on my shortcomings and live my life ad majorem Dei gloriam (all for the greater glory of God).
I work in residence life at a private university and when I’m not working I enjoy working in my backyard, fresh fruit, strong coffee, live music, and the occasional camping and/or hiking trip.
I knit all my own sweaters (and many for others as well).
One of my favorite things to do is discuss theology, social justice, grace and redemption with dear friends around a firepit with a 6 pack of good beer or two (yeah, I know “good’ is subjective… so you can drink whatever you think is good as well).
I’d like to be a parent someday, but I don’t think that necessarily means 3 blonde kids, a station wagon, and soccer practice.
I love music that speaks to my spirit rather than only my ears… some of my favorites are David Wilcox, Over the Rhine, Hem, U2, and Brooke Fraser.
I value things that are handmade, and almost every piece of furniture I own was purchased used.
I love inviting people into my home, creating community, and celebrating the people I love.
I turn off lights when I leave the room, and prefer listening to NPR or music over watching TV.
I hope you’ll contact me if you have anything to say to me.
“There is no life that is not lived in community. And no community not lived in praise of God” – T.S. Eliot
“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”