Raised in a small farming community in Minnesota, little did I know the journey God had in store for me!
Inheriting a nomadic spirit from my Grandpa Joe, who hopped a train out west as a young man, I could not wait to get away from the corn fields I grew up around. During my first job behind the fuel desk in a truck stop, a timeworn lady advised me, “get out and see the world while you’re young, ’cause when you’re old, you won’t have the energy.” Meeting people there with foreign accents, tales from big cities, and stories of far away places added to the escapist dreams I had developed while reading adventure books as a child. I wanted – no, I needed – to see and experience everything!
Doing things “on my own” (without God) for a few years after high school, I wandered in and out of jobs, roommates, and colleges, sometimes getting into sticky and dangerous situations. I grew exhausted, broke, and overwhelmed. The day my car broke down, I decided to move home. I hadn’t invited God into my plans and I needed to regroup.
I realized I needed to get right with God, so I did. I went back to school and became a travel agent – a career journey that brought me to my husband, a man with that same nomadic spirit as my grandpa. His job has brought us to more places, with more changes and challenges than anything I’d ever imagined, but I have kept God at the heart of it all.
Through several moves, raising a child, and managing a home, I’ve earned degrees and diplomas in Humanities, English Literature, Business Management, Travel, and Children’s Literature. I’ve seen the “Mona Lisa” at the Louvre, Michelangelo’s “David” in Florence, the Tower of Pisa (when it was still leaning), have stood over the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, and have been to the top of the Zugspitz (highest point of the Alps in Germany). I’ve been to the Musee D’Orsay, the Van Gogh (sounds like Goff) museum, the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Georgia O’Keefe’s museum in Santa Fe as well as countless other exhibits and museums – too many to name. Words and Art are my passions.
You’ll find tidbits about people, books, vivid colors, and God here on my website because those are things I love. Some have said that I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I think it’s rather with a luminescent glow.
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