A bit about me

Like you, I am ordinary and extraordinary! 
 
I am daughter, mother, sister, colleague, and friend.  
I am also mother of three incredible adult children, survivor of divorce, deaths, and many life changing experiences that have rocked the ground from under me. God is my foundation and you will surely find Him in my writing.
As an adoptive mom of two beautiful, but once very broken little girls lost in our foster care system, I've experienced first-hand the struggle and resilience it takes to love and bring restoration to a shattered spirit, and the courage it takes to be a child who has suffered at the hands of others. This unbelievable journey has taught me the art of unconditional love, imperfection, and grace; which I would love to share with you!

 

My 17-year service in foster care and as a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children has given me the privilege to fight for change in failing laws and overwhelmed systems, and to be the voice for innocent children who go unheard. To be God's hands and feet serving the vulnerable is one of my greatest privileges, and my soul is nourished in the planting and sprouting of hope seeds.

 

My dream now, in the autumn of life, is to share my learnings through vignettes of my memories, lessons learned, and research I have done. My desire is that you are inspired to hope, encouraged that you are doing amazing and vital work, and empowered to love your children and yourself in a way that breathes newness and peace into your life. 

My family

My "incredible" adult children mentioned above now span three U.S. time zones and have lives of their
own. They have become my biggest fans, and my
much needed tech team!
 
In my heart, they will always be my kiddos cuddled at
my feet as seen in the photo. But today, my pleasure
is the rare occasion they are all gathered in
my kitchen sipping a good cup of coffee and trumping each others childhood stories.
 
Ah, the aroma of their warm laughter filling the room. 
When I'm not writing, I enjoy painting and the art of Kintsugi, which lends to my philosophy on brokenness. At some point I will share more about its depth and beauty on my blog.
 
I am also wonderfully blessed by my husband of two years. Yep, we're newlyweds!
                                                     
I didn't see it coming, but God did. 
We live on a small island a short ferry ride from Seattle and we savor the quiet of lapping waves along our shore. Tad is in the construction industry, but as a former pastor he is a builder of many things.  Together we enjoy sailing and traveling.  
 

My Manifesto

I, and anyone who contributes to this site will be rooted in these beliefs. 
Cultivate Hope ~ 
          Our deepest desire is to inspire and encourage women in their journey by sharing affirmations, 
          story, resources, and hard truths with soft hearts. 
Gracefully Broken  ~
          We share our own scars and our words come from a place of understanding. To come alongside                  someone who is hurting or caring for the hurting is an honor and a privilege.  We commit to being
          real, vulnerable, honest, and humble. Our words are shared from a place of grace, respect, 
          kindness and a desire to seed the world with the same.          
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