You know, life is crazy sometimes, isn’t it? People often ask me why I’m so full of joy. My answer … Jesus! They say, “Why do you seem so together?” I always say, “I’m not! Jesus just makes it look that way!” I’ve heard, “In the midst of the storms of life, why do you seem so at peace?” My response … “I’m learning to Dance in the Rain!” And so can you!
I hope you’ll join me for blog posts, devotionals, my Daily Delight, Women’s Ministry tips and even an online Bible study now and then. We can get to know each other here and hopefully learn to find joy in the messy mud puddles of life together!
More about me
Let me tell you a little more about me. You may be wondering who I am …
Good question! I am a … wife, mom, daughter, friend, women’s ministry leader, writer, speaker, lover of all kinds of food and mmmm … dark chocolate! Piano player, singer (well, sort of), lover of God and His Word, an only child (not spoiled, just loved a lot!), homework helper, cook, baker, sewer (okay, once I sewed something), letter writer, shopper, chauffeur, horseback rider (yes, I really can!), coffee drinker, lover of the ocean, Dancer in the Rain … you get the picture!
Above all I am grateful – grateful that God loves me and allows me to serve Him, grateful that He has given me a platform to declare who He is, grateful to you for visiting my website and pursuing God and purpose with me, grateful to my husband for always supporting me, grateful to my parents for loving me and helping me become who I am today, grateful for my friends who share life with me, grateful for my many partners in ministry (you know who you are!). I am full of gratitude that God would choose to use me to bring Him glory.
That’s what I hope this website does. Yes, I’m the one blogging, speaking, encouraging, and equipping, but I’m not doing that because there is anything in me (apart from God) that is all that great! My sole purpose here is to point you to God and His Son, Jesus. Yes, I want you to get to know me, but mostly, I want you to know why I am who I am – it’s all because of Jesus!
We’re just your typical family. We laugh a lot, hug a a lot, say ‘I love you’ a lot, fight a lot, and get on each others nerves too. But, somehow in all the chaos of life we cut up and have fun together. Since I was an only child, experiencing how siblings seem to have this love/hate relationship initially drove me crazy and kept me up at night wondering, “Do these people even like each other? What have I done?” But now I see that all of the hoop-la is just a part of a bunch of sinners trying to learn how to live with each other. Yes, we argue – who doesn’t? Yes we slam doors on occasion and pout. But we always forgive, we never give up, and we always support one another, cause that what families do!
Now let me introduce them to you one-by one. These are awesome people God has blessed me with. Can’t wait for you to get to know them!
My husband, Alex, is the sweetest, most patient man I know. He would have to be to live with me! He’s never said that out loud (he’s too nice). We’ve been married for 20 years, and I can honestly say I love him more today than I did the day we married. He is a public school P.E. teacher and golf coach (a.k.a. Coach Heider) AND he’s an awesome cook! We love to travel, watch movies (he even endures chick-flicks with me sometimes), cook together (it’s taken a while, but we’ve learned to share the kitchen), and we still hold hands. He calls me beautiful and makes me feel like I’m the most important person in the world!
My oldest is Austen. He is much like his mother. He’s driven, type-A (bless his heart), and strong-willed. He loves to sing and play the guitar, fish, and golf. He especially loves playing and singing worship music. He’s good at most things, and I’ve never really found anything he can’t do … well, except mind his parents all the time (he is a teenager though so there’s hope, I think!). As far as the bear in the picture, I’ll just let you wonder!
JD is the sweetheart of the family. He’s easy-going, compliant, and a true joy! He loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian someday. He enjoys horseback riding, hanging out with friends, and eating his favorite food in the world–chicken nuggets! He loves to sing and helps lead worship with the Kids @ Warren. He has a compassionate heart and loves to serve others. His real name is James Donald (JD). And he exemplifies what James 1:1 says, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord, Jesus Christ.”
My youngest, Leanna, is the only girl! She is a delightful, beautiful handful! And, much like her mother, high-maintenance! She has her daddy wrapped very tightly around her finger too! We ride horses together and she (like her mother) loves to watch movies. Her favorites are either about princesses, horses, dolphins, or cats! She also loves shopping and eating pasta. (mmm … I have no idea where she gets that from.) She is a caring and loving little girl and displays great concern for others. Though she has much to overcome in life, she has great spirit about her, is courageous, joyful, and passionate. God will use her for His glory, and I can hardly wait to see it!
And … last, but not least, our Christmas kitty, Mr. Jingles!