I grew up in a house full of people; Mom and Dad, four brothers and two sisters, plus an array of aunts uncles and cousins. I’d say we are a typical Italian American family. We did everything together, work, school, chores, church and especially golf; because golf was our family business. Every night we would gather around the dinner table, no excuses.
I met my husband Jeff in my twenties. I told my girlfriends he was the one guy I knew who I could NOT bring home to my parents. At the time, he had long hair and knowing my ultra conservative parents, well, let’s just say I knew they wouldn’t approve. So I married him .
Thirty years later, everyone gets along! LOL Jeff and I have spent a good portion of our married lives in ministry. We’ve worked with everyone from the cradle to the grave. A few years back, we started Refuge Ministries a platform from which we counsel and speak.
I credit my love of writing to my love of reading, and this I learned from my mother. She faithfully read to us kids most every night; not just picture books but big long books, like Pilgrims Progress. I began to read and I read everything I could get my hands on. Wisely, mom steered me towards the classics, especially C.S. Lewis. These classic tales, so strong, so empowering, changed my life. Maybe I could be this creative too. I was so enraptured by the idea of my own world that I began writing at a very early age; but I never took it seriously.
About ten years ago, I noticed that all the kids I knew were obsessed with a particular vampire series. Being a career kid person and an avid reader, I try to at least keep up with what’s going on in order to have intelligent discussions with those around me. So I read this series. I was both drawn in and repulsed at the same time. The hero’s were selfish and shallow and the story, overall, a bloody mess. This, I noticed, was a common theme among popular books. No sense of right and wrong. No firm moral compass to guide them and definitely no God to keep their motives pure. I found nothing in these books worth living up to. I began to pray and I began to write.
I write as a direct answer to the above dilemma. There is a God and He is good. He urges us on to be more than we think we are and to live with reckless abandon for Him. Real adventure begins when you commit your life to Him and follow His lead. Like all the tales of the great authors, the road is rough, it’s long and you could die, but would you rather die in the middle of an adventure or of old age in a rocking chair never having lived at all? It’s my prayer that through the stories I write you will see more clearly; who the author of life is and how we are called to follow.
I’m so glad you’ve come to visit me. Leave a note, I’d be glad to write back.
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