About

Welcome, Friend! 
I’m so glad you are here!

I’m a writer, wife, and mom who is passionate about helping moms connect with Jesus in the chaos of motherhood. To help you in that process, I’ve created a free resource called “Reviving Your Quiet Time: Five Days of Simple Practices to Connect with Jesus.” To get this resource, plus stay in touch through my email newsletter and blog posts, sign up here.

My path to motherhood was challenging and unconventional, including struggling with infertility for several years before adopting newborn twin girls, Addison and Felicity, who are now almost three years old.

We are a transracial family through domestic adoption, parents of multiples, NICU survivors, and really just “normal” parents, if there is such a thing. The way we got here is completely unique from most stories, but the day-to-day living finds us walking right alongside other parents just trying to figure out how to raise our kids and be a family.

We live in a small(ish) town in Illinois, where my husband Tyler and I both serve on staff at a multisite church. Tyler is one of the Teaching Pastors, and I serve as the Communications Director. Prior to serving at New Hope, we met while working with the young adult ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. I received my Masters degree in Transformational Leadership from Bethel Seminary.

 

My Story
Sometimes life just doesn’t turn out the way you’d expect. That has for sure been true in my own life.

Like anyone else, I had plans and dreams for my life that I assumed would play out in the way I’d imagined, for the most part, anyway. I thought I’d go to college, get a job, get married, and have kids the old-fashioned way. I had dreams of ministry and significance and making a difference in the world.

While many of these dreams came to be, they didn’t happen at all in the way I’d imagined.

After struggling with infertility for three years, I surrendered my dream of getting pregnant and opened my heart to a different dream. I had an almost overnight change of heart towards adoption, and a year after that, my husband and I welcomed newborn twin girls into our family through domestic adoption.

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Not one bit of our journey was how I’d expected, but I wouldn’t trade any of it.

Our original plan wasn’t adoption, let alone TWO babies at the same time! But this life is exactly perfect for me, and the reality of where I find myself is so much better than the ideal I had imagined.

 

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