In the fall of 1986, a high school boy slipped me a note as we passed each other in the hallway. Written to me in beautiful handwriting were the lyrics of Pink Floyd's song, "Wish you were here." Obviously with moves that smooth, we got married. 30 years later, we’ve created a whole life, including a bunch of wonderful headstrong kids, a temperamental garden, and a home in Roanoke, VA, where we raise our five children, two dogs and our big boy cat named Trevor.

I love a handful of important things.

I love writing. Words are my first love, because they matter. Words actually change lives, move people, sustain us. They take us to another world when we need to go and bring us home when we need to come back. Whatever you need, words can deliver: laughter, solidarity, encouragement, thrill, courage, silliness, spirit. I have been a reader and writer my entire life, and every single day I marvel that I get to make a living doing what I love with words. I hope to use them for beauty and Jesus and life. I hope to make them count. 
I love people. The messier, the wonkier, the further out from the bullseye...the better. I understand God best through people; their gifts and strengths, their love and compassion, their character and courage. I sincerely believe we were made in God's image, and when I evaluate the goodness of people, I love God more. I crave a world of justice where people are safe, loved, empowered. I plan to use whatever influence I've been given on behalf of edged-out people for all my days. If I loved well, I will consider my entire life a success. 
I love home. I am a homegirl. I love my husband, children, and family, my neighbors and friends. I love good people, good food and having good conversation. A cool vintage print on my wall is like Christmas morning; I want our home to be lovely and comfortable and sacred. I hope folks leave our home more restored than when they walked in the door. May our kids think back on these four walls and remember a childhood in which they were loved and treasured.
I love my clients and our community. I think about you constantly. I see you in my mind with every word I write. I care about you and what you care about. Your success and heart and soul matters to me so much. Protecting our space is vital: you are always safe with me. You can bring every ounce of doubt and hypocrisy and worry and struggle to me, and I will hold it with careful hands. You can love Jesus or not. You can go to church or not. You can believe or not or maybe not or maybe so. You can ask difficult questions, and I promise to as well. We will work hard together to champion grace and goodness, all while producing great things in business.
I love Jesus. I am absolutely that girl. I feel so graced by Him that sometimes I think my heart will explode with joy. Everything about Jesus moves me: the way He loved outcasts and shunned power, the subversive way He challenged religion, His genius teachings that managed to stay perfectly relevant for 2000 years, the cross. Simply everything. I often think that if people don't love Jesus, they just don't know Him. He is the standard to which I hold up everything: theology, behavior, relationships, culture, church, family, work. I love Him and I want to be like Him. I so hope to make Him proud.
Welcome.