- Faith and Grace
- Christianity and Jesus
I share spiritual insights from my Christian faith and lessons I’ve learned along life’s boundless ocean. I also write for Patheos, the largest religion website in the world.
Thank you for stopping by today. ♥ I love God, kids, poets, bloggers, trains, farms, cities, colors, history, home, churches and prayer. I really like to take pictures.
I live in a prairie bungalow in Oklahoma City’s oldest neighborhood. Here is where my cup runneth over; where all my dreams of having my own family come true — one day at a time.
I’m very blessed.
The rural and urban landscapes that surround me form the backdrop of my life. I photograph and write about my journey, literal and spiritual, from the perspective of Gen-Xer in the 21st Century.
This is my life unfolding here on the Southern Great Plains. And, if you were here with me right now, we could take a walk together underneath the century-old trees that form canopies over the streets I call home. I would make a you a hot cup of coffee or maybe some tea. We’d talk about our kids and dreams. Hopes and fears. All the places we’ve been and the places we hope we’re going. And, I’d pray for you. We’d pray for each other.
Faith and Politics
I believe every word stated in the Apostle’s Creed. I believe God wants our mercy more than our sacrifice. I believe Love is the most important thing. I grew up in the Church of the Nazarene. It is in my heart forever. My father was a minister and I was raised in parsonages. My husband is Catholic and I attend Mass with him and my children every week. We also attend a Nazarene church where I am able to fully worship and receive the Holy Sacraments.
Spiritual books that have influenced me include:
- The Bible (I love The Message Ministry Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language version, which Chloe gave me for birthday)
- The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
- Mere Morality: What God Expects from Ordinary People by Lewis Smedes
- One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp
Be sure to check out other favorite books in the sidebar.
As far as politics, I am a registered Independent.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Growing Up Generation X
I was born in East Los Angeles in the late 1960s. This makes me a first-wave member of Generation X. (The years are 1961 to 1981.) I am the youngest of four kids. Like most Gen-Xers, I was a latchkey kid throughout most of my childhood and youth. I grew up wearing hand-me-downs, watching lots of TV and worrying about going to war with Russia. I ate a lot of cold cereal, which I loved! Cap’n Crunch and Frankenberry were the perfect companions to my Scooby Doo, Isis and Brady Bunch. As I grew older, I watched different shows and worried about different things, but I still ate the same cereal.
Growing Up With Terrorism
In my twenties, I worried about whether or not I’d be able to find a job with my expensive college degree. Reality Bites was an authentic narrative for many Gen-Xers. Well before terrorists blew up that plane over Lockerbie in 1988 (it killed 35 Gen X college students from Syracuse), I worried a lot about terrorism. Then, in 1995, it happened where I live in Oklahoma City. I lost a college classmate in that bombing. I have worried about terrorism my entire life. Things have only gotten worse.
My Years in Rural America
In 1974, my parents left Los Angeles and began a journey eastward. I ended up growing up in parsonages in rural towns across the Plains. I had a lot of fun in those small towns. I went to a lot of carnivals and county fairs and spent time on the farms of friends. But, I’ve never forgotten Huntington Beach and Pudding Stone; the orange groves, Kiddie Land, Bixby Elementary and so many other things about my early childhood in Southern California.
High School, College, Gen-Xers
I graduated from high school in 1985. There were 51 Gen-Xers in my graduating class. I went on to attend Southern Nazarene University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in speech communication and political science. College was a wonderful time in my life. I treasure those years and all my memories and friends. After college, I went to work in public affairs at a large military base in Oklahoma City. It was great preparation for my career in public relations. Along the way, I did a lot of graduate work in history, geography, English and communications.
Marriage and Family
In 1991, I married my college boyfriend. In the fall of 1997, I gave birth to my first child, a daughter. I named her Juliette. That was the happiest day of my life. Despite all my dreams, in January 1999 we divorced. That was a really tough time in my life.
Divorce is an experience that never leaves you and it changed me. I hope someday I can write about those events.
Even though my years as a single mom were difficult, I have a lot of great memories of that time. It was just Juliette and me for four years. We went a lot of places and did a lot of fun things. In 2002, I met Robert at an art opening at the Oklahoma State Capitol. We were married exactly one year later in the Blue Room outside the Governor’s Office. Juliette was my flower girl. She was five. In 2005, my son Sullivan was born, and less than two years after that, Bridgette came along to complete our family. I am very blessed! Motherhood is the greatest adventure of my life.
For more than 20 years, I’ve made my career in public relations serving as the public information officer and spokesperson for several local and state government agencies. In 2007, I earned my accreditation in PR.
I was an early adopter of blogging, having started my first blog in 1999. This blog has been featured in a bunch of great publications including The Washington Post! Click here to see a list.
In 2015, I was invited to blog for Patheos, but inability to control truly awful click-bait ads set by the company caused me to abandon the opportunity.
In 2008, I bought a Nikon D60 and started taking pictures. It’s probably my favorite thing to do. My photography has been featured in Oklahoma Today, CNN, Velocity, Department of Veterans Affairs and many other publications and sites.
Today, I shoot with a Nikon D600. I love street photography and capturing every day life as it unfolds. I love to find magic in the ordinary and irony when nobody is looking.