The “about me” page has got to be the hardest part of blogging. I feel like I’m standing in front of a waiting audience clearing my throat as I look out into the sea of faces obscured by the stage lights. I’m clearing my throat, tapping the mic, and dryly joking, “Is this thing on?”

I am a Texas girl, born and raised. In 2013, I met my Mississippi husband at a conference in Orlando. I had just graduated from Thomas Edison State University (online) and was there with my parents. I was still living at home with my eight younger siblings and loving every moment of the time I got to spend with them. Phillip and I got married in October of 2014, and, after a loss later that year, we welcomed our son Walter Wynn in 2016.

I’m a pastor’s kid. In the parable of the prodigal son, I’m definitely the do-good “older brother” who used to think she had everything under control. Throughout my twenty-year walk with the Lord, I’ve been reminded time and again of my need for Christ — through miscarriage, through post-partum depression, through two cross-country moves in two years.

I’m a teacher. As soon as I graduated, I started teaching sixth-grade humanities and Latin. I’ve taught every grade from Pre-K to 12th, and there are things that I love about each and every stage. I can’t wait to homeschool my children someday!

I’m a writer. My first book was published when I was twenty; it’s out of print, now, but I still blush a little whenever anyone brings it up. Reading a book you wrote when you were nineteen is a little like hearing yourself on a recording for the first time: “Is that really my voice?” But I have fond memories, both of writing the book and of the season of my life when it was written. Since then, I’ve blogged on The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and RAANetwork. I’ve also continued to dream the original writer dream I had as a kid: to be a novelist. I hope to share some of that with you here.

I hope to share a lot with you guys — from reflections on media to makeup reviews, from my favorite classics to snippets of my own fiction, from motherhood triumphs and struggles to favorite movie quotes. This blog is my attempt to create a little corner of the internet to reach out and encourage women in all stages of life. You can learn more about my blog here.