About Me

Many people who stop here already know me, but if you’ve stumbled upon this site from a blog ring or other manner, here’s a little bit about me and what you’ll find here.

I’m a child of God… and a pastor of a small, rural, Presbyterian congregation in North Carolina.  There aren’t many female pastors around here, and definitely none in the “under 30” category, so I’m learning what it is to live in that role. I don’t always get it right, but here I am anyway. Sometimes, I just need to get away…

In between Sundays, I’m a quilter and photographer and writer and daydreamer.  I train for triathlons that I never quite get around to doing. I’ve started more knitting projects than I could finish in a lifetime. I’m a wife to my childhood best friend, who loves me even if I’m not the shining star of domesticity he’d hoped I be.  I’m a ‘mom’ to four “furry” children that make me laugh on a regular basis.

The name of this site comes from a Paul Simon song, “Graceland”.  It’s the name of the album my family would always listen to as we traveled from Tennessee to Florida, from my home to the homes that my parents had known growing up.  It’s also a pretty good summary of my theology, because somewhere I really believe that the Christian journey is all about a wild trip to Grace-land.  As I see it, Grace-land is the place where God is waiting to meet even us–with all the baggage and brokeness that we tote with us.  Grace-land is the place where we will be received with open arms, even though our attempts at “getting it right” have been miserable failures at best.  But, I think, every step we take is a step on the journey to Graceland.

This is my space between Sundays– a place where I can just be me.  I hope to practice wide-eyed wonder even in the midst of bleary eyed days, and I’d guess you’ll see a little bit of both here. Thanks for stopping by!

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