I savor the sweetness of being found, invited to love again in a decade young marriage of two old high school-college sweethearts, after a thirty-four year absence from one another.
I cherish my three grown children, two lovely daughters-in-love, one creative son-in-law, and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.
My life is richly full of communion, creativity, and curiosity. Whether offering spiritual direction, wordsmithing, or being attentive and available to God, His Kingdom, and His beloveds invites joy as the imprint of my heart.
A graduate of Denver Seminary in the area of Christian Formation and Soul Care, I encourage His beloveds to walk deeply with Jesus. Over the years, I have mentored within church and parachurch ministries. What a delight to watch the movements of the Holy Trinity in the lives of others as well as in my own heart. I savored the journey deeper into the heart of God and my own heart through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Being part of a prayer intercessory ministry keeps awe and wonder as constant companions.
As far back as I can remember, I immersed myself in words: voraciously reading, continuously playing with, and delightedly enjoying them. As an elementary school teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a love of children’s literature, I created curriculum for ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), offering articles in TESOL and The Reading Teacher.
Tyndale House Publishers carried some of my devotionals online. InterVarsity Press published The Life of the Body: Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Formation, a book I co-authored. Through devotionals, my book, poetry, and blog posts, I have chronicled the heart-scape of my life: the devastation of divorce, the surprises of single parenthood with teenagers, the unexpected season of caregiving amidst my parents’ avalanche of aging, living into my dreams of moving to Colorado and going to seminary, and the wonder of a new love with an old sweetheart.
Though I once worked mainly in the field of emergent language and early childhood education, my joy now is working with those who desire to go deeper into the language of the heart.
Born and raised in Georgia, we’ve recently returned to coastal climes, where the honeysuckle wafts across cicada-symphony evenings, under skies full of herons, wood storks, and osprey. Though we spent years exploring the wild beauty of Colorado, my husband and I now savor returning to the slow ways of the south near dear ones and our roots.
On the best days, I’m walking the beach, listening to or telling stories of Jesus. Evenings find me curled up with a good book, my journal nearby, capturing ideas for my novel-in-progress. As often as I can, I’m creating some prose, prayers, or poetry, praising God for the wonders I get to ponder each day.