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I’m a writer, a mom, and a huge fan of pit bulls.
I’m a writer because I write books (some for grown ups, some for kids) and articles (mostly for grown ups), but also because writing is the lens through which I see the world. I caught the writing bug from Shel Silverstein when I was 7 years old, and I’ve never looked back.
I’m a mom. I’ve got three funny, creative, smart, curious kids–a son in high school, a daughter in middle school, and another son still in grade school. (That picture’s a little dated.) I love them to pieces.
I’m a pit bull fanatic. I love all dogs, but pit bulls have my heart. Too many people still think they’re dangerous (note: all dogs can be dangerous!) and scary. Because of this, millions (millions!) of them die in shelters every year. I want to make sure everyone knows how wonderful they are.
I’m also a church-staffer. While some people imagine working at a church sounds Very Serious, I can tell you: we laugh a lot. Too much, maybe. Nah.
And I’m also a wife to a pretty great guy. He likes to think different and push back and although he’s a math/finance guy, he’s is a darned good copy editor (if you find errors here, it means he hasn’t read this).
Here’s more about me from my more official bio:
In my wild and wooly and wandering career, I’ve written seven books, including the forthcoming, Grit and Grace: Heroic Women of the Bible (SparkHouse Family), and hundreds of blogs and magazine articles. My work has appeared in Aleteia, Sojourners, Christianity Today, Relevant, FamilyLife,ThinkChristian, and Engineering and Mining Journal (yeah, you read that right). I used to be a magazine (and then blog) editor (I still edit books on the side). I’ve lead workshops and spoken at conferences and church groups across the country. I was also once a producer and co-host on Moody Radio’s Midday Connection with Anita Lustrea and Melinda Schmidt. I still am a worship planner and producer at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. And a long, long ago, I earned a B.A. in English from Calvin College and once attended the University of Chicago’s publishing program. I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my husband, Rafael, our three kids, one rescued pit bull, three rescued guinea pigs, four rescued hamsters, and three rescued geckos.