The Official Version.
I am an author, writer and speaker who serves as the women's director at Christ Church of Oak Brook. Previously, I was the development & communications director for Caris, a nonprofit counseling organization that supports women and children, an assistant editor and publicist at InterVarsity Press and the blog manager for FullFill, a nonprofit focused on mobilizing women to invest their influence in the world for God's purposes. I am also a founding member of the Redbud Writers Guild.
I frequently teach to communities of all ages at my church, preach an occasional sermon and speak at a variety of other women's events. I have written for Strangely Dim, Her.meneutics, Englewood Review of Books, Kyria, MomSense, Gifted for Leadership, FullFill and was a contributor to the Every Day Matters Bible and the MOPS devotional Always There. I also worked behind the scenes to provide editorial feedback for Lisa Chan’s video Be Still, produced by Flannel (and my friend Steve Carr). The Sound of a Million Dreams is my first book.
Now, I'm mostly just tired.
In my “free time” I love to add to the stack of books on my nightstand (read), dream up new ways to make my body hurt (exercise) and hang out with two really amazing teenagers (parent). I've been married to Eric, a pastor, for 19 years. Before moving to the Chicago suburbs, we were on staff with Athletes in Action (Cru) where I worked for the marketing department, wrote for the ministry’s magazine and spent summers traveling abroad with Eric and 25 handsome (but smelly) college baseball players. I have a Journalism degree from Ohio University where I was a proud member of the Bobcat Track Team.
There are three things I never tire of talking about: writing, exercise and my kids. Besides that, I'm obsessed with Jesus and the way his grace has transformed the world, my husband's cooking and developing meaningful relationships. Nothing soothes my soul like Norah Jones, a sophisticated glass of red wine and a piece of dark chocolate (or a bowl popcorn, take your pick). It's been more than a year since I finished reading All the Light We Cannot See, and I'm still marveling over the beauty of its prose, at the same time I'm unashamedly mourning the loss of Parenthood, Downton Abbey and Friday Night Lights (thank you Netflix) all in the same month.
My Lovelies ; )