My growing in grace journey (my birth) began in Columbus, Ohio more years back than I care to admit (OK. I admit. It was 1958!). The youngest of four children, I adored my brother (the oldest sibling – killed in the Viet Nam war in 1972), and I envied my two older sisters. My parents, who lived into their 90s, reside with the Lord now.

Like many of you, my parents experienced a messy divorce. The family estrangement caused rifts in our familial bridge, some of which are still broken. But through it all, God’s faithfulness taught me much about myself and human nature. 

My mother claimed I was quiet and kept a messy bedroom. Times have changed! I can talk up a storm and proudly wear the title “Neat Freak”!

I called the same house “home” until I married my high school sweetheart in 1978. Much has happened between then and now. 

  • Three children (two are married)
  • Jeff’s ten-year stint in the Air Force
  • Jeff’s retiring from the Air Force National Guard in 2006
  • Bible college from 2000-2006
  • Jeff pastoring for six years
  • Living in ten states and 21 homes
  • Six grandchildren 

While Jeff earned his Theology Degree at Ambassador Baptist College (Lattimore, NC), my daughter earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music, and I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Ministries. May 2006 saw us marching across the stage for our diplomas.The first father/mother/daughter combo in the college’s history!

Jeff and I have moved to the city. It’s been quite a change. I still miss my animals and the wide open spaces, but there is also much to be said for city life. We live closer to my sister and my son and his family. We can “run” down the street and get donuts for breakfast, and as I work on my new home, I can hop in the car and be at The Home Depot in ten minutes. Since I won’t have as many outdoor responsibilities, I can now devote more time to my writing and blogging.

Though I consider my most important title “a Child of the King,” I also enjoy being called “a wife,” “Momma,” and “Mamaw”.  God is good!


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