If you are new here, I hope you find plenty of encouragement, parenting wisdom, tell-it-like-it-is marriage inspiration and most of all that you feel welcome and understood as you grow in your walk with God. If you’ve been here before, I hope you hang out and get more familiar.
Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage and pull up a chair while I introduce myself and give you a tour around Hearts Homeward.
Married Life … I moved to California from Ohio when I was 21. I met my surfer husband when we were hanging out with a group of mutual friends at the beach and we were strictly friends. Our romantic feelings snuck up on us and we ended up dating for seven years before we got married. We’ve had our serious highs and lows in marriage. What we have now is a well-worn love which grows deeper with the years.
The Boys … We have two boys who are the joy of my life. We home educate using Charlotte Mason’s principles and methods. When our oldest was born, we found out about a four-year-old relative who needed care and we took her in as our foster daughter. She was with us for the first year of our son’s life, so we started out our parenting journey flying by the seats of our pants! Our oldest son, Jordan, has a heart of gold and a great wit. He loves reading, playing piano and hanging with his closest friends. It was seven years of hoping for another child before God blessed us with our silly-willy, mad-scientist, artistic son, Paul. We jokingly call our neighborhood “Mayberry” because we are committed to knowing our neighbors and having kids who run around all afternoon having old-fashioned fun together.
My Spiritual Life … My parents decided to let me “choose my own religion” as a child. I went to church with friends and found God at a very early age. My childhood had its share of pain and difficulty and my father died when I was twelve years old. I had a wayward season in my teen years and ended up returning to God in my early 20s. Since that time I have devoted myself to healing, growing in Him and ministry to others. Words can’t express redemption and restoration and the solid ground on which I now stand, but I take a stab at it in my writings from the soul.