Encouragement for the Everyday Life
Why Raindrops and Honey? I am so glad you asked! My desire for this blog is to encourage you to see Jesus in the everyday life. In the mountains of laundry, stacks of dirty dishes, the big project at work, van as you run errands, etc.
Raindrops comes from Deuteronomy 32:2, which reads “Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” My desire is for God to use my words to refresh you. One of my favorite places to go to be refreshed is anywhere by the water. So, I wanted to include it somehow in my blog name.
Honey comes from Proverbs 16:24, which reads “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” My prayer is that my words will be gracious and uplifting for you.
I love to encourage women in their walks with Jesus. I feel passionate about sharing God’s word.In fact, I would love to send you the 10 Go to Scripture Verses for when you feel like you’re not good enough.
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I am originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I am third in line of eight children: three boys and five girls. As you can imagine there was never a dull moment. My growing up years were filled with adventures of all sorts, moving several times, and Cleveland Indians games. Go Tribe! In second grade, my teacher greatly impacted me. I decided that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up.
I graduated from Bluffton College in 2000 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Youth Ministry. My husband Jonathan and I were married soon after graduation and moved to Indiana a week later. It was a lot of life changes at once but also a time to depend on Jesus in a new way. Jonathan and I still go on weekly dates after 17 years. We love this weekly time to connect and go deeper in our marriage.
In the fall of 2000, I began teaching 6th-grade reading full time at the Middle School. I taught there for 3 years and then moved over to an Elementary School and taught 2nd grade for 3 years. I learned so much in those years of teaching and do miss it some.
The greatest job I have ever had though is being a Mom. In my last year of teaching, I was pregnant with our oldest daughter. I have been home ever since. Now, we have four kids, ages 11, 9, 6, and 4.
Chocolate is great but I’ll take a good burger over that any day. My favorite colors are purple and teal. My favorite activities include singing on Worship Team, meaningful conversations with my best friends, running and reading. I’m afraid of the dark, heights and not being accepted. My biggest pet peeve is when things are put on the kitchen island after I just cleaned it.
In May of 2016, my first book was published. My friend Natalie and I co-authored a devotional called When the Bases are Loaded. In our devotional, we encourage Moms to pause and dig into God’s word each day for strength and encouragement.
You can find the book on the Store page or on Amazon.