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Hello! I’m Michelle.
I’m living such a blessed life.
I’ve had my share of hardships, heartaches, and struggles (like everyone else,) but by the grace of God, these things have clarified my perspective, solidified my identity, and propelled me forward into the quality of life I’ve always wanted.
These days, I’m fortunate to be able to stand here and survey half a century behind me, and look toward what I truly believe will be the happiest, most exciting years of my life. At heart, I’m an optimist and an idealist, but anxiety has stolen much of that outlook throughout my life.
But I’ve reclaimed it. I’ve made it a choice and habit to keep going, keep growing, and never stop pursuing all God has for me. This blog chronicles some of my best and most memorable lessons I’ve learned – and am currently learning – on my journey. I feel so fortunate that you are here, reading this, and pray you’ll find some encouragement and inspiration for your own.
How did I get such an incredible family?
Married to my best friend, Mark – we’ve known each other since we were 15.
Proud mama to my beautiful 5 (+1) children: 2 Koreans, 2 Ugandans, 1 bio, 1 Texan.
Writing has been one of the most unexpected joys in my life. It’s been my outlet, my therapy, my hotline to Jesus. It’s how I make sense of my world and what goes on in my head. The real passion for it grew when I came up with an idea for a book, and started a blog to get myself writing (and being read) regularly. I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now, and released my first book, Grafted In, just about a year ago. Shortly after, I published a companion devotional to go along with it, and while they aren’t exactly best sellers yet, I’m humbled by how many people have read it that don’t even know me personally! I’ve only just begun to get out there and talk about it, and it won’t be long before I start writing a second book. I have written devotionals for Encouragement Café, guest blogged for a few other sites, and am a contributing writer for Noteworthy, The Startup, and Interfaith Now, all through Medium.com. I’m always up for a new experience – if you’re looking for a contributor, a copy/content writer, or pretty much any kind of writer, contact me using the form below. I’m your girl.
Another joy that I never saw coming is my deep connection with Uganda and its wonderful people. I went there on my first mission trip at 38 years old, thinking it would be a one-off deal. But oh no – Uganda wooed me into a lifelong relationship by the end of my 2 week stay! The following year, I launched Communities of Hope, a sponsorship program for the children in Wakiso, under the banner and direction of Kampala Children’s Centre. I ran the program for 5 years, stepping down when we adopted our two children from the community. Then, in 2018, I had the tremendous privilege to come on board with Hope For African Child Foundation, where I now serve as Director of Program Development. I will be able to draw from my experience in education, with orphans and adoption, and cultivating spiritual and emotional health as I lead a team of education experts to develop a custom curriculum for our very unique school.
I’ve been an artist ever since I can remember. I have self portraits at 3 years old, standing at an easel, painting, wearing a berét (I thought all artists needed to look French.) I attended art school for a few years, but got discouraged because I felt I wasn’t creative enough. What I didn’t understand then that I do now, is that my artistic talent is more technical than it is innovative. And as such, I have been drawn to photorealism – particularly in portraiture. While I haven’t honed my artistic skill to the degree I have in writing, I’ve improved greatly over the years, and have a handful of decent portraits in my portfolio. Over the last several years, I have been fascinated by graphic design, typography, and web design, and went all-in last year to learn web development, coding, design, and all that geeky stuff. I love it more than I ever imagined I would! If you’re interested in a new website or a re-design of your current one, contact me below or through Meráki Web Creations (site coming soon!)
Let’s be friends!