I am coming to you from a place of love, support, and encouragement. I am a child of the 60’s and a daughter of the South. God placed me on a firm foundation when he birthed me into a large family in Greenville, South Carolina.
It wasn’t just my older sisters and my younger sister to come, but it was also an extended family of aunts and uncles and cousins that lived all around us on the remnants of my momma’s father’s dairy farm. And then every Sunday after church we spent the afternoon with my daddy’s side of the family.
Are you starting to see the picture here? Family is way important to me. And my momma seemed to act like everyone around us was family, so the circle continued to grow wider.
I grew up loving pretty. My older sisters were fascinating to me with their fashion magazines and eyeliner. My mother could sew anything I dreamed up and we spent hours in fabric stores poring over pattern books. I loved clothes. Still do. Pretty much a girly-girl, I still have my Barbie dolls, and the clothes my momma made for them.
In elementary school I became friends with two girls whose families would change my life forever. Hara’s family was sophisticated and cultured. Think Frank Lloyd Wright inspired architecture and black and white photography. Pam’s family was outrageously flamboyant and exciting. Think white convertibles, poodles, and slalom water skiing off the dock of the lake house.
I was ruined. I would no longer be content to live a normal life. I wanted something more. Not sure what it was – but I wanted it!
High school and college was mainly a time to explore my fascination with boys. A problem, I think, from growing up in a house full of females. God showed great kindness in connecting me with my husband, Jeff, in my 20’s. And that has worked out well for me. Left to my own devices, who knows where I would have ended up?
We have two incredible children who are busy living out life as adults. We still live in our ‘first house’ that we have remade into an explosion of color and interesting things… but I have gotten ahead of myself. Unfortunately, I have always defined myself by what I do. So, let’s go back to that ‘fill in the blank space’ of career.
What in the world was I going to do for a living after college? I loved reading and writing sappy poetry, but I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher, so what would I possibly do with a degree in English? I loved art – but I wasn’t very good at it. Fashion was out; I had no great skill in designing or sewing, as well as no desire to work in retail. I know! I’ll dress mannequins. That’s it! Okay, I am serious here. I went from dressing mannequins to dressing models and actors, to buying props to designing simple sets. Remember, I like pretty.
I became the right hand of an incredibly talented director who worked continuously on big-budget television commercials. His executive producer called me into her office one day, and suggested that I consider directing. She insisted that I would be a great director. And I was a woman – pretty unique in that male world of film. It took me a year to figure out she was right. Thank you, Vivian.
About the same time, God insisted that I had been wandering around too deeply in the ways of the world, and it was time for me to come back to Him. Again, it took me about a year to figure out that He was right. Thank you, Father.
Over the years, God ended up weaving together all the great talents he had been developing in me. My love for family; whether they are blood relatives or spiritual relatives. My love for beautiful things; nature, art, photography, film, design, fashion and home furnishings. My love of writing and my love of story.
And I have discovered that the best story is not my own – but God’s. God is Awesome (truly!) and amazing. He has been growing a deep, deep love in my heart for His words and His story. My joy each day is reading His stories… and seeing how they always connect with mine.
I am in the process of publishing a book, Genesis: Small Stories of a Big God. In the meantime, I can’t stop writing, so I decided to share what God whispers in my ear as I wander through my days. Each week I will post thoughts and stories inspired by wherever God leads me in His word. I will often write from Genesis, since that is where I have been camped out for the last two years while writing my book.
I hope you will join me in getting to know God better. He is so much more than we can imagine. He is bigger than we are. And so He tells us small stories. Our bible has lots and lots of them, so I think this will be a long journey!