Favorite verse:
Romans 8:38-39

Favorite Books:
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The Sacred Romance, by Brent Curtis and John Eldredge
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

Favorite TV Shows:
Parenthood
Mad Men
Downton Abbey
The Middle

Hobbies:
Read, read, read.  There aren’t enough years in my life to read everything I want to read. I’m a sports fanatic – football and basketball are my favorites. UNC is my team. I’m a news junkie. And then there’s the gym…it’s a love / hate kind of thing.

Bio:

I grew up in the beautiful mountains of quirky Asheville, NC.  I spent most of my time outdoors, playing in the woods around our house and with our various pets and farm animals.  I really don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t aware of God.  I was raised in a very conservative Baptist church (my grandfather was a minister, too), but somewhere along the line, I misunderstood God as a divine taskmaster who was just waiting to punish me when I screwed up.  I tried really, really hard to make sure I was good enough for God to love. 

After a childhood of trying to be “good enough,” I became frustrated and disillusioned with that idea, and just walked away from any kind of religious faith. In college, I decided I would find purpose for my life on my own. I hadn’t felt any joy in my faith and knew I could never live up to the perfection God required.  So I stopped trying.  But occasionally, Bible verses that I had memorized as a child would pop into my mind at the strangest times, and they were always ones that referred to God’s love and pursuit of His children (especially James 4:8).  They were never condemning, or the “hellfire” messages that had driven me away. Gradually, I began to wonder if I had misunderstood who God really is.  I started to read the Bible again, and I began attending a nearby church with a new friend, who eventually became my husband.  Over time, and with lots of reading, thinking and praying, I came to know God as a loving father who has pursued me throughout my whole life, who is all good, and desires good for me.  This was a new faith for me, and through His grace, I embraced it. 

My fiancé and I moved to Richmond (his hometown) in ‘94, got married and began our life together.  I worked in brand management at Capital One until we had our first child in 2000.  Our daughter was born a couple of years later.  I have worked part-time in marketing, public relations and freelance writing off and on for the past decade, and spent a lot of time in PTA board meetings.  I am thrilled and humbled to be part of the Hope staff and love the relationships within our church family. I get excited when talking about how God uses community to make us more like Christ. 

When I’m not driving the family taxi to soccer practice or gymnastics, I like to cuddle with my unschooled children, a fat bichon named Frasier and an orange tabby named Calvin Johnson Meow Fleming. I also really, really love the occasional mid-day nap.