To be completely honest, being a stay at home mom and wife is not the way I envisioned my life would unfold. As a teenager I dreamed of living abroad and sending pictures home of me and all the poor, hopeless people the Lord had used me to save. The egotism still makes me cringe. But, thankfully, God saved me from my own dreams, and steered me down a vastly different path, that has stretched me as a person far more than I could have imagined.
Before I was confirmed in the Catholic Church in 2015, I was instructed to pick a confirmation saint. As I searched for my saint, I discovered St. Thérèse of Lisieux. As a former Methobapticostal, I had never heard of this great, but small, saint. After reading her autobiography, I knew her “Little Way” was the way in which God was calling me to live out my life. So now with St. Thérèse reminding me how to make every day life holy, I embrace my smallness, my family, my home, and my role in the helping the Kingdom come on Earth.
Fast forward a few years and I don’t live in a third world country. I live in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virgina, where I grew up. I have a supportive husband, sweet son, and a regular craving for good, crusty cornbread and conversation. I read books about theology and history, indulge in the occasional romance novel, and inwardly rage about politics and social justice issues. I enjoy travelling, writing, and cocktails on the porch with my mom, and life, though unavoidedly difficult at times, is better than I could have planned on my own
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