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Hi, I’m Christine a fellow sojourner in this life. 

My journey, and yours, began before we ever took our first breath, even before the beginning of time. You see, God put plans in place for each of us, even preparing good works for us to do to partner in His wonderful design as we live in personal relationship with Him. I entered into that relationship when I was 36 and it’s been an amazing ride since then.

The LORD called me His beloved and named me “Free.” Life has been wonderful and hard and joyous and pain-full and peaceful and sorrow-full and thrilling. And trusting in the LORD to bring goodness from it all ensures it has all been worth it!

I married my childhood sweetheart, Dave and it has been an amazing roller coaster journey for sure! He is so supportive of the call on my life! I recently jumped in to semi-retirement to focus on my writing so we packed up and moved from the home where we raised our family to be closer to our grandbabies.
Our children truly cause me to rejoice in God’s Word,
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 
Our daughter Sharon is married to our son-in-love, Kenny and have blessed us with two beautiful granddaughters. Our daughter Sarah is married to our son-in-love, Randy and have blessed us with a beautiful granddaughter and sweet grandson. Our Son Matt left a legacy of loving people well, before going home to Heaven (now reunited with his twin) when he was 22. 

Writing is how God has asked me to impact my world. I'm really more of a scribe, simply chronicling the goodness of our God.  I also have the great joy of serving as the Director of Ministry & Events for Catalyst4Christ Ministries.  


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