We all love being a mom, before we talk about mom life, share with us who you are. We want to know your story- what do you love to do? what are you passionate about?
I was born and raised in Iowa, but went to college in Missouri. During my very first week of college, I went to a meeting where I first heard the Gospel. The Gospel means “Good News” and it was literally the best news I had ever heard! In short, what I heard was that God loves each person (including me) and we can each have a relationship with God and know Him through Jesus Christ. Did you know Jesus was more than a historical figure?!? I didn’t! 😀 But I learned He is the Son of God and the reason He died on the cross was to pay a penalty for each and every wrong thing we have done to God, to others, and to ourselves. Or that others have done to us. Such good news. I became a believer/Christian that night!
This changed everything… my perspective of the world, of relationships, of myself, of my future… everything! I had gone to college to be an Elementary and Middle School Education major. I completed my 5-year program and received a Bachelors and Masters. I taught 3rd grade for one year, but after that year, I was led and called to something else. My husband 😉 and serving in college ministry! I have served with my husband for 15 years and am currently at the University of Northern Colorado (GO BEARS!) with Challenge (uncchallenge.com/about-us).
I am a “Boy Mom” to a 10-year-old, 8-year-old, and 3-year-old! They have some similarities, but many more differences. Psalm 139:13-14 says “For you [God] formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” I can only give God the credit for how unique and wonderful they are… one family, but different personalities, talents, and interests. It’s challenging and beautiful!
So what am I passionate about?
First, God: Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit and sharing that Good News I mentioned earlier. I want to grow daily in this relationship with Him, and I am passionate about teaching others about Him. I currently love reading the Bible daily (and I’ll admit, this hasn’t always been the case) and just talking to my husband, boys, students, and friends about what we are learning about God or how we are experiencing faith in the midst of life’s circumstances.
I am also passionate about helping others to learn about themselves (Spiritual gifts and through tools like StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, personality tests, etc.) and help them to see through God’s perspective what their unique call and ways of serving others might be. I hope to regularly encourage and equip the body of Christ (Christians). Again, like my boys, I view it as one family…and we are united by God.
I am also passionate about photography. I love taking pictures of people and places, sometimes posed,but often candid or unexpected. I am usually in awe of God when I am in nature, so I love taking hikes, walks or bike rides (especially with my family). National Parks are my favorite, but I have seen so much beauty here in Greeley too!
Mom is a title we are all proud of, tell us your birth story!
I experienced a miscarriage before I was pregnant with our firstborn. It was unexpected and heartbreaking. I know God used my pregnancy with our oldest to bring healing, but it was still hard. Something I learned through that experience is that I can do my best as I make choices for my life and loving my family, but ultimately my child’s life is not in my control. However, each of our lives are in the hands of a good God. This is where faith, believing and hoping even when you cannot see it, comes into play. We live in a lovely yet very broken world. We are not promised an easy life. My best experiences have been when I have chosen to trust God IN those really hard and heart-breaking circumstances.
I had each of our boys with the care of midwives, but each delivery was at a different hospital. Each delivery was a natural birth, yet again, each delivery was so different! First one started with contractions, but they had to break my water in the hospital. It was a 16 hour labor. Second one started with my water breaking, but contractions didn’t start for another 45 minutes. Total, it all happened in just under 3 hours.
Then after a few years and another miscarriage, I was pregnant with our third boy. The delivery of our third one started with inconsistent contractions, so I wasn’t 100% sure I was in labor and was initially hesitant to leave for the hospital, but I was persuaded by my hubby. Ha! He was born in about 1.5 hours!