Allow me to introduce myself. I am a stay at home mom with a loving husband named Ken. We have been together for over 20 years and married for 18. We have two beautiful daughters, a 14 year old named Morgan Rose and a 9 year named Abigal Grace. We have a 110 pound German Shepherd named Loki. I am a huge fan of all kinds of music (especially Cristian/Worship) and have spent my life as a female vocalist. I currently participate with my churches worship band. I am also a storyteller and character host for my churches kids programs and teach a 7th grade girls small group. My husband and I share an Alma Mater: Syracuse University! Go Cuse!!! We love our Football and Basketball teams to the core and follow them always. At Syracuse University I was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and made lifelong friendships that I still share today. Some other hobbies include decorating, exercise and the true joy of time with family and friends. I am a nutty social media hound and my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram news feeds are shamelessly apart of my daily lurking habits.
We ventured down south about a year ago to reclaim our lives and it has been a beautiful journey to North Carolina. We hail from Central New York and it will always be our home but the Lord brought us here for a reason and more and more we are seeing why. Life is good. Life is hard. Life is real. Life is challenging. Life is about love. I am a work in progress. I love the work that the lord has done in me so far. I cant wait to see what he has in store next! He introduced us to an amazing church called Crosspointe and gave us a church family and with that, the transition has been smooth and generous.
I consider myself a recovering catholic. Having been born Italian-American, Roman Catholic, I was raised with family all around and church was a regular place in my life. I did all the things expected of me and that particular religion. I had my communion, confirmation, got married in the catholic church and my children were baptized before the age of one and gave their first Communions in 2nd grade. Even though I lived with guilt, I went to confession, I said my Hail Mary’s and had nothing but respect for Catholicism and its umbrella of priest, nuns, traditions and doctrine. I learned about God and Jesus from my mother and always considered myself a spiritual person. I even remember living in NYC in my early 20s and all that had to offer and turning to god through some old books Mom had gifted from a poet name Helen Steiner Rice. Her words and scripture references also brought hope to difficult situations. But I never had a real relationship with Jesus. I was unable to obtain that from Catholicism. It wasn’t until my late 30s when the reality between life and death, purpose and uncertainty and my world views took over. I discovered I needed some serious explanations. God was ready to explain it all. But in his own beautiful way of course.
Within the last few years, I came upon a beautiful discovery. It’s an obvious one, but its the best kept secret. I mean if ALL people truly new its life altering possibilities, they would ALL be on board right? Not the case. But I do? I know of someone who can teach us about this “thing” called life is his gift and how we use it matters. Who shows us unconditional love even when we don’t love back. Gives us strength in the storms. A deep-rooted Joy that is only felt when loving his son. Forgiveness of each and everything we do or don’t do with minimal expectations. Precise directions on our every day and even gives us a manual to follow. A guarantee that as we have set a home in this world, it doesn’t end at death. In the face of any adversities he gives us humility. In the face of any tragedy he gives us peace. In the face of any discernment, he gives us wisdom. In the face of any doubt, he gives us truth! In a hopeless world he gives us Hope. But at the end of the day, he gives us Peace.
Indeed I have discovered this amazing Divine presence. His name is God! His son is Jesus. His heart is the holy spirit. They are the Holy Trinity. And they are amazing!
Stay tuned as I indulge you in my journey of faith and the restoration of my life. So like I said, I am always a work in progress and just a girl who loves Jesus! No predisposition, no alterior motive, just a calling to influence any who will listen (or read) about Jesus & his miraculous presence in my life.
You see, I am breathing a new air that is ultimately keeping me alive and thriving, so if you are gasping for air in your daily chaotic life not knowing your purpose, I hope you come along with me so we can discover that together. Hey you never know, you may learn something.
“Ignorance is bliss, but Jesus is truth”. ~JH
I am one of those that had an A-HA moment when I actually felt the holy spirit jump right into my heart and the rest…..???, you’ll see! Those stories you will read here as I journal my life of faith for you as my loyal follower.
Grace and Love,