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 to encourage living a real and authentic life and being the person God designed each of us to be. Life isn’t always perfect, so when we learn to embrace all that life gives us–the good, the yuck, the challenges, and the joys–we are able to live life as the adventure it is…
- Mornings of blow-ups and mess ups and tears at the breakfast table;
- Feeling you have you 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;
- And those things we don’t talk about–our struggles, our hang-ups, our failures–but in reality, talking about them might just help someone else in theirs.
You’ll find I publish here to encourage three or four days a week.
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I love God and have a vibrant relationship with Jesus. I talk (and write) about my faith often as it’s my lifeline and my source of hope and strength. You’ll find I often 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 26 years. Ours is a redeemed marriage of many ups and downs. But, here we are, still standing for our marriage and loving each other as we journey through life hand-in-hand. You’ll find us often on local (and not-so-local) trails on our tandem bicycle, enjoying adventures together. (If our marriage can survive RAGBRAI five times, it can survive about anything!) Bill and I are “empty-nesters,” and as life is in transition, we look forward to growing old together.
I’m Mom to Alissa (24) and Zach (21), two of the most precious lives around. A new title of Mom-in-law was given to me this year as our bonus son, Morgan, joined our family as he married our daughter! Life with these three has been one fun adventure. I love being a momma of young adults!!
I’ve owned my own business through Mary Kay for 24 years, and yes, I even had one of those pink Cadillacs. 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 the 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 five years ago called me one. I kinda 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’m currently writing a book of compiled real-life stories of my time serving the homeless and hurting through a local mission. I’ll let you once it’s published!
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.
BYOB and B (Bring Your Own Bible and Beverage) is a bimonthly event I began in December 2017. It’s held in the Cedar Rapids area and is designed to encourage women in real life. Come check out the next one.
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!