My dearest friend,
Let me tell you something. Jesus is my rock. He is holding me with strong, mighty hand through this wild ride we call life. I’ve had my fair share of smooth sailing and ferocious storms, but the one thing I’m certain will never change is that I am His and He is mine.
I married the love of my life on July 5th 2008. BEST. DECISION. EVA.
Kevin Patrick Ryan is my main squeeze, better half, and the guy I still get giddy about when I get a whiff of that cologne (YUM). Someone told me once never to trust a man with three first names, but I couldn’t help it. He’s amazing and well, he’s sorta stuck with me forever (insert Elphaba laugh!)
Once upon a time, God healed me from an eating disorder. Another time, he healed my body from unexplained recurrent miscarriages. He is the reason I hope, love, dream and dance. He’s my beginning and my end.
After traveling a long hard fertility journey together, God gifted us with three BEAUTIFUL little ones to raise here on Earth. Despite that difficulty in becoming parents, it hasn’t made being parents easier. This is hard, sanctifying work.
First, our sweet son Coleton Samuel came to us through the miracle of adoption. Thirteen months later, our spirited girlie girl came along biologically. She is the seventh of our biological children, and the first one who was able to take her first breath on this earth. Annabelle Hope is her name. The sweet little man on campus, Calvin Micah, was born just over two years later.
****Jesus, send us strength!***
Let me be honest with you, I thought becoming a mommy would make all of my dreams come true.
Turns out, babies aren’t the truest form of satisfaction.
Jesus Christ is. I have devoted my life to bringing Him glory. That means I’m opening up to share my story (well really, stories) with the hope that they will help point others to the one who carried me through them.
The first book God called me to write was called Bearing Hope and it’s an inspirational companion for women navigating the desert of infertility or loss. You can find it here or get a free chapter here!
You’ll find more stories on the blog, mostly about faith, food, fitness, family, and any kind of fresh inspiration and hope I think the world needs bombed with.
Traveling is my favorite expensive hobby. Writing is my favorite free one. Yoga, running, handstands, and trampoline jumping with my cuties are my favorite ways to burn off sugar. My sweet tooth is slightly out of control. (Which is why we do a 30 day cleanse every 6 months or so! Cravings get murdered and I feel better about life and death and everything in between.)
Singing, speaking, and musical theater feed my creative soul!
My favorite indulgences are “Pedi’s” (Check out Angela Johnson-Comedian), holy yoga (yes, Christians do yoga), reading fiction books cover to cover, getting my blonde on, macaroons in Paris, Pinterest, CHICAGO ANYTHING!!, Bubble Tea, coffee, writing afternoons, naps every. single. day. (not even joking), heartfelt worship music, homemade protein bars, and pizza in Florence.
Did I mention I love naps?
I am committed to living my life ALL OUT and I hope that I can inspire you to do the same. You were put on this broken & beautiful planet for a purpose, and I know there’s a reason you’re here too.
Enjoy hanging out in (my virtual) living room and drop me a line so I can hear about YOU too, lovely friend!
Grace, peace, and dry shampoo,
PS. Have you taken your deep breaths today? Your goal should be roughly 100. Or 10. Or somewhere in between. It’s SHOCKING how wonderful they feel on a stressful day.