Meet Michelle

Meet Michelle

Hi! I’m so glad you’re here! Let me introduce myself.

I love a good story, don’t you? Reading allows me to learn the stories of others’ lives through blogs, newspaper and magazine articles, and books. Getting lost in a novel is one of my favorite pastimes. I read multiple genres. Bible stories also show me lessons that I can apply today to make better decisions and to honor God with how I live. Conversations are another great way to learn stories. Through conversations, I get to interact and dig deeper with questions. Stories are everywhere. You have a story. It’s told in who you are and how you live. If we were to meet, I’d ask lots of questions to get to know you.

In addition to being a wife and mother to five, some highlights about me include that I like studying the Bible and learning about history. I think it is great fun to dress up in period dress. (Here I am in my 1920’s fashions for a themed party.) The dresses of southern belles caught my fancy at a young age, so much so that my wedding dress had a bustle (see picture). My bucket list includes getting a picture of me with my family in one of the Old West-type photos. I’m working on building enthusiasm with the rest of my family.

I try to exercise daily by walking or biking with my family and friends so we can visit and laugh along the way. (This is a great way to learn how everyone’s stories are building.)

My roots are rural. I grew up on a 100-acre beef farm and attended a small K-12 public school. My husband and I prefer country living because we find it more peaceful than dealing with city traffic, which we tackle at times.

It will be no surprise to you that writing brings me joy and satisfaction. I earned my B.A. in English with a writing emphasis and print journalism. After I married my college sweetheart, I worked in marketing and public relations before becoming an assistant editor at a weekly newspaper. As our family grew, I became a freelance journalist, writing features and covering news for area weekly and daily newspapers, and creating newsletters for churches, businesses, and organizations. I also wrote a weekly column for several years. My articles and essays were published in Parent Life, Every Day Education, and Home School Enrichment. For 20 years, I spent my days homeschooling my children through eighth grade and my evenings writing.

Because I enjoy writing fiction for tweens and teens, I joined ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers, and an ACFW critique group.

I also belong to Compel Training, a Proverbs 31 writing program, which educates and encourages writers, and am a member of the Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today proofreading team.

So, there you have it, a glimpse into my life. As in my blog, my stories and articles incorporate the lessons I’ve learned. I pray they encourage you to embrace your special self and to live the adventure God has in mind for you. May you find refreshment here and know you are among friends. I hope you’ll share your story with me through comments or an email.

God bless you!

Michelle

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