About Me

My husband, Geoff, and I (a few years ago). And yes, this is one of those classy in-front-of-the-bathroom-mirror shots. We’re cool like that.


About Me

Well, as someone who is continually striving to place her identify in Christ, let me start there.

I am a believer in God, a follower of Christ and a reader of the Bible. My parents introduced me to Jesus when I was knee-high, and I’ve been building a challenging but incomparably rewarding relationship with Him ever since.

I am a ranch kid who grew up and moved to the city, but my roots are still in the rolling hills of southern Montana. I know what it’s like to milk a cow, chop kindling, and be horseback for eight hours straight. My first driveway was thirty miles long and made of dirt and gravel, so I didn’t get out much. I was a homeschooled tomboy who found adventure at the top of a haystack or with my nose in a book, and when given the chance, I still do.

My Montana days are getting further and further away with every passing year, but each year brings new adventures and new blessings. I have now lived in Texas for overhalf of my life, and while I can’t rate one half as any better or worse than the other, I will say that thanks to my Texas half, I met my better half. (Yeeaaah, I can be cheesy, I know).

Geoff and I met while working at Highland Lakes Camp one summer in college. He was a sophomore at DBU and I was an over-achieving senior at WBU. One thing led to another…and we’ve now been married for eightincredible years and counting. We have two beautiful daughters named Adelade (3) and Eleanor (1). They are both loud, wild, rough-and-tumble beauties with big blue eyes, crinkle-nosed grins, and a vice-like grip on our hearts.

Coming soon a blog post about our family’s latest adventure: moving to the mission field in Honduras!

So, why this blog?

Well, I’ve always loved books. From the days of sitting in my mom’s lap and listening to her read Dr. Seuss, to now, when my own daughters sit on my lap as I read Dr. Seuss. Or when I sneak a few minutes with my Kindle in rare moments of quiet. Or even more rarelycurl up with a book with real pages, finger smudges, and coffee stains.

My love for reading ignited a spark years ago that has since grown into a burning desire to not just read, but also to write.

I now do a lot of writing in my jobin fact I’ve coauthored two books with my boss, Dan Nielsen: Presidential Leadership: Learning from Presidential Libraries & Museums (2013)and Be An Inspirational Leader: Engage, Inspire, Empower (2016).

Proud coauthor - 8 months pregnant
Published the1st book while 8-months pregnant with my 1st child!
Published the2nd book when my 2nd child was 8-months-old!

I love the writing projects I get to do with Dan, but I also desire to write about things near and dear to my heart, like marriage, parenting, missions, and thriving as a Christian in a broken world. So this blog is a place where I hope to get a few thoughts out of my head and into writing, starting a conversation with whoever cares to join. I hope you choose to jump in.

It’s going to be fun.