Welcome to my blog!
I am so happy you have popped in to meet me! I write here about topics I would discuss with you if we were hanging out together having coffee, if we were on a walk, or if I invited you over for dinner. I love sharing about everyday things, whether it’s regarding a compelling article, a fantastic book, a tasty recipe, a travel tip, marriage advice, or my faith in Jesus. My purpose is to encourage you using anecdotes about life, faith, food, and friendship. My goal for you is to read a post and leave feeling inspired, educated, or encouraged. This blog is a space of honesty, trust, and love. Please feel comfortable and welcome.
I am married to my handsome college sweetheart, Tony, and we have three amazing kids. The older two, Lauren and Alex, have graduated from college, and our youngest, Emily, is in high school. We have two little dogs, Daisy and Lily, and one gigantic cat named Jasmine. My husband is the Couple’s Ministry Pastor at our church, so together we teach couples studies, offer Biblical counseling, mentor couples, lead Bible studies and workshops, and facilitate seminars.
I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and later went back to earn my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. I was an elementary school teacher (full and part-time) for almost 20 years, and have homeschooled my kids off and on. I currently work as a private educator. I also teach at my church’s Women’s Bible study, mentor women, offer Biblical counseling, and teach at women’s retreats (see more about that here.)
I absolutely love teaching, whether it is in the classroom, in my home, for a women’s events, or in the kitchen. Passing on information is a passion of mine.
I love to cook and bake! I began experimenting in the kitchen when I was in junior high but always loved being in the kitchen when my mom was cooking. I believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. I started planning weekly menus about fifteen years ago, and it was a definite game changer. It makes grocery shopping so much easier, and my family always knows what we are having for dinner. Four years ago, I discovered I could no longer eat gluten. It was devastating at first, but I have since learned how to cook just about anything gluten-free. I am always trying new recipes, and other than some family favorites, we don’t often eat the same thing for months.
I love to feed people (I think that should be the sixth Love Language!), and this quote describes exactly how I feel:
“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.“
Shauna Niequist, Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes.
I would love to hear from you. Send me an email, comment here, find me on Facebook or Instagram. I am here to chat! Let’s be friends 🙂