I feel truly honored that you would take some moments out of your day to spend time with me on my blog! I’m a Virginia gal living right outside of Richmond and I have loved my life here. Nathan has my whole heart and is my best friend in every way. We have walked through numerous seasons of life together starting in our teenage years and it is been an adventure to figure out this “adulting” thing together! I’ve fallen more in love with him as time passes and being married is truly a gift. Our Mini Australian Shepherd, Jak is the sweetest, and you may occasionally read my ramblings about how cute he is.
Each and every day, I strive to love my Savior, Jesus Christ with everything that I am through the way I live and love the people around me. He has changed me completely through his amazing grace and I’m so incredibly thankful for Him. His love has shown me how to view people the way He sees them – beautiful, created in His image, and with a unique purpose. There is nothing that gives me more joy than meeting women of all ages and backgrounds and sharing life over coffee…or dinner…or both! I believe people should be celebrated, and I make it my goal to share that no matter what is going on in someone’s life or the mistakes and failures that have taken place, there is hope in it all – that we are not defined by our decisions and that even still, the best is yet to come.
Fashion is a fun way for me to be creative, try new things, and connect with others! I don’t know about you, but I feel ready and excited for the day when I dress my best. I am naturally drawn to wearing simple neutral color-based pieces, and they have easily become staples in my wardrobe; however, I also have always had this love of pops of color – so on here you will see both.
My husband travels around the country full time speaking at churches, camps, youth events, etc. sharing about the LOVE and the HOPE of Jesus Christ to all he meets. Nearly one month into marriage, we felt led to pursue ministry on the road. Not long after that, Nathan transitioned out of a full-time staff position as a Pastor with the full support of our church, we got plugged back into the church where we first met, and we began our traveling & speaking journey! We absolutely love our home church, and it is an honor to be an extension of them wherever we go. While we were literally living off faith alone and it was scary….it was more scary to NOT obey the call we heard so clearly. Since that time…we have seen God move in mighty ways time and time again and we know that there are even greater days ahead. I travel with Nathan as much as I am able, and we absolutely love doing Kingdom work TOGETHER!
Just recently (July, 2016), I accepted a job as a Special Education Teacher to teach students with Autism at a public high school. For the past two years, I had been working as an Instructional Assistant at that same school and department, and it became an unexpected love for me – one I honestly NEVER saw coming! However, I had also just recently graduated with my Bachelor’s degree (Religion, Christian Counseling), and in many ways, I thought I had “missed my chance,” in teaching. However, one thing led to another, meetings were made, a position opened up, I was chosen for an interview, and the next thing I new – I was offered the job! Everything happened in a matter of months, and I honestly have no idea how everything came together so quickly, other than the fact that I am certain that the Lord wanted me to stay and move into this new role! So now, I am currently in my first year, and I am totally LOVING it. While it is busy for sure – my students are amazing. And sometimes I look around my classroom, take a deep breath and think…I can hardly believe that the Lord has entrusted me to love these students like He does! What a PRIVILEGE! My next step is to start grad school in the Spring of 2017. I am pursuing a Master of Education with a concentration in Severe Disabilities. Phew…what a journey this has been. And it’s all just getting started! I specifically remember a time in my life when I said “I will *never* teach.” and “I will *never* go to grad school.” LOL! It’s funny how God has a way of changing things, amiright?! This is just another reminder of how He knows us better than we know ourselves and whatever He has called us to….HE is the one that brings it to completion. He is SO good…and SO faithful. So as far as blogging goes for the future, I’m currently working on how to incorporate teaching onto my blog in addition to devotions and fashion, since that will honestly be taking up most of my time now these days! Perhaps classroom set-up…things like that?! Who knows…but something will be up on here soon!!
If you read up until this point….you deserve a medal!! Haha! Well, I am so excited that you have decided to join me on this adventure, and it is my prayer that you would find yourself encouraged and inspired for greatness as you read along with what I am passionate about.
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