Hi! I’m Julie, and I love a good cup of coffee.
Thanks for stopping by today. I’m glad you’re here.
I’m a pretty simple gal, who finds joy in unrushed mornings, dining on colorful Fiesta dinnerware, and beholding breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. I can’t seem to resist a fresh, gooey chocolate chip cookie to save my life, so I’m often found walking outdoors to offset the calories.
I live where some would call “in the middle of nowhere,” on a farm in Iowa, even though you won’t likely find me or my husband behind the wheel of a tractor. We love it out here in “God’s country.”
We’re in this life together.
It’s a joy to “do life” with others.
I write about living a real and authentic life, without hiding behind masks and falseness. I enjoy encouraging others to do the same. To embrace the good, the yuck, the challenges, and the joys life is filled with, because we all have them.
- Mornings of blow-ups and mess ups, and tears at the breakfast table.
- Feeling you have your life together, until you look in the mirror at work and realize you’re wearing two different earrings.
- Living for the weekend, but realizing there’s five days in the week you’re missing out on.
- The things we don’t talk about–our struggles, our hang-ups, our failures–but talking about them might just help someone else.
You’ll find I publish here to encourage three or four days a week.
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I love God and have a beautiful relationship with Jesus. I talk (and write) about my faith often, as it’s my lifeline and my source of hope and strength, and I share much of what God is teaching me. But, you won’t be made to feel guilty here. There’s enough stuff in the world that does that.
I’m Bill’s wife of 25 years. I moved out and was ready to call it quits in year seven of our marriage, and never thought we’d see year eight. But here we are, still standing for our marriage and loving each other through life’s ups and downs. You’ll find us often on local (and not-so-local) trails on our tandem bicycle, enjoying life together. (If our marriage can survive RAGBRAI four times, it can survive about anything!)
I’m also Mom to Alissa (23) and Zach (20), two of the most precious lives around. Life with them has been one fun adventure. I love being a momma of young adults!!
Bill and I are “empty-nesters.” Life is in transition, but it’s good and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I’ve owned my own business through Mary Kay for 23 years, and yes, I even earned the prestigious pink Cadillac. I’ve worked in radio, was a certified fitness instructor, served the homeless and those in need, was employed in banking, and now I write full-time, work part-time in program management, and am also Director of Communication for a local church. (Goodness, God has taught me much through each leg of this journey!)
I had never considered myself a writer until someone three years ago called me one. I liked it.
I’ve been blogging since November 2007, simply to share my life in writing for my children. Still grieving the death of my best friend and mother, I would have given about anything to have the details of her beautiful life documented. I desired that for my children, and for future grandchildren.
I now have two blogs, with two different perspectives.
Loving God…Loving Others emerged from a sermon given by Pastor Mel Ramos on Matthew 22:36-40. The two most important things we can do while on this earth… love God and love others. It changed my life.
Live Laugh Linger is my newest blog where shorter snippets of encouragement can be found to live fully, laugh often and linger longer in your days. (This one has been idle for awhile.)
I write, but I also speak.
I also find great joy and honor in sharing my life experiences behind a microphone, with all kinds of different audiences.
I’d love to encourage your group or church! Contact me if you or someone you know would be blessed by encouraging, life-filled words.
Thank you again for stopping by. I look forward to “doing life” with you!
May God bless you, especially today.