1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a firstborn who married a first born. My God’s grace it’s working out well (and thankfully my hubby is laid back and not bossy like me). Musicals give me life (I’m still not tired of the Hamilton soundtrack). Also to-do lists are my jam. I’m made like Martha and proud of it. 😉 We have five loud and wonderful children (ages 2-14) and we make our home in the middle of Michigan.
2. Coffee or Tea?
Tea all the way! Hot or iced. Rooibos is my favorite kind of tea, yum!
3. Exercise or nap?
Ooo, I like both. 20 minute power naps are my super power but I feel good when I am running (err jogging) regularly.
4. Cake or pie?
How about cookies instead? Not a cake girl, but French silk or peanut butter pie are delicious.
5. High heels or sneakers?
How about somewhere in between? I live in my black Croc wedges as soon as the weather gets warm. I like to have comfy yet somewhat stylish shoes.
6. Vacation or staycation?
Vacation! Our family has adopted Franklin, TN, as our sister city, because it’s so charming. Excited to be headed down that way for the She Found Joy tour (we’re coming for you Nashville, on Monday, November 5th)!
7. Early rise or sleep in?
I don’t often get up early but when I do, I love it. The house is quiet and my soul can breathe deeply.
8. Read the book or watch the movie?
I always want to read the book first, but it doesn’t often happen. We’re still reading through Wonder as a family before we watch the movie.
9. Dogs of cats?
I’m not a pet person. Does that mean there is something wrong with my soul?
10. Introvert or extrovert?
An outgoing introvert. 😉
11. Country living or city girl?
Country living for sure (we’re surrounded by cornfields and fireflies, but I like to visit the city. Savannah and Chicago are a few of our favorites.
12. Do you have any hobbies?
Besides writing and speaking, I also enjoy singing/songwriting, running (err jogging), and listening to podcasts.
13. What are you listening to, reading, or watching that you are loving right now?
I enjoy listening to The Next Right Thing Podcast by Emily P. Freeman. The Sleeping at Last podcasts about their Enneagram songs are so good too! I’m just started reading Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth and I’m already underlining. Really enjoyed watching The Crown on Netflix (minus the scandalous episode).
14. What are you passionate about?
Advocating for babies and adults with Down Syndrome (my brother Brian is amazing, you can read more about him here) and helping others take the next steps toward their God-given dreams.
15. What/where are you writing?
My first book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done releases on July 10, 2018! It includes a bonus 5-week bible study for individuals and/or groups.
16. Are there any other projects or ministries that you are working on?
The book has been my main focus this past year. I also offer consultation services for creatives under the name, Inspiration Doula. It is a joy to help others give birth to their dreams. And my hubby and I host a weekly (quirky) Facebook live show called, “Stop! Hammock Time,” where we encourage couples to get closer and grow deeper.
17. How can we connect with you?
Events: If you’re in the Grand Rapids, MI area, we’d love to see you at the Made Like Martha book launch party, at Baker Book House, on Thursday, July 19th from 7-9pm!
Also would love to see you in Elkhart, IN, on Friday, Nov. 2nd or Nashville, TN, on Monday, Nov. 5th for the She Found Joy Tour. More info here: http://shefoundjoy.com/tour/
18. What is an area that I’d like to grow in?
Talking more kindly. I can get frazzled easily and my words can sting those I love most. Thankful for God’s forgiveness, patience, and ability to help me with this.
19. How can we build you up?
Buying a copy of Made Like Martha would be such a gift to me (and hopefully to you too)! If you order before July 10th you can access five exclusive pre-order gifts (one being a song that my friend and I wrote for the book). Head over to madelikemartha.com for the details.
20. Is there a parting thought you’d like to share?
Yes! Jesus loves you—whether or not you have a quiet time, even when you are short-fused, even in the midst of tackling your to-do list.