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After investing the first 15 years of my older children’s lives as the traditional stay-at-home mom, I ventured out into the world of academia to complete a college degree that I had previously left behind to focus on raising my children. Eventually I earned an undergraduate degree in Ancient Languages and Biblical Studies, and a second undergraduate degree in Classical Studies and Philosophy. I then went on to complete a graduate degree in Medieval Theology and Church History which has been a life-long interest.

I currently work for a Christian university where I write curriculum for our Professional Programs Department, and I also have the privilege of teaching part-time in the area of Biblical studies and writing. I have been the Sr. Editor for our online Christian women’s magazine, Ruby for Women, since 2010 where I have been honored to work with many amazing writers, authors, and artists during the past four years.

My husband and I live in a small farm community in rural northern Indiana with our two youngest daughters, Gracie and Annie, who were both adopted from China. We have eight adult children between us and 26 grandchildren. We look forward to many future opportunities to welcome more grand-babies into our family!

My Etsy shops, along with my art projects and craft tutorials, offer unique designs for the DIY enthusiast or for anyone who likes my style and would like to wear garments that are one-of-a-kind, with a touch of the whimsical and just a little bit different.

Thank you so much for stopping by Vintage Mama’s Cottage. I hope you will find something to spark your interest and your creativity. And be sure to drop me a message, I would love to hear from you!

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A Childs Garden of Verses

Favorite Things Blog Hop: Remembering Childhood

“The world is so full of a number of things, I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings!”   ~ Robert Louis Stevenson When my older children were small, this was one of the books that we read from frequently. The musical, rhythmic cadence of the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson just dances off …

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Almost Ready!

This has been a very busy summer here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage. All the usual family activity seems to have fit quite nicely with room to spare for working on our new business venture. Between learning how to design a business plan and formulate a marketing strategy, we’ve been drawing and drafting pattern templates that …

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Favorite Things: A New Shop!

After 10 years of designing and creating children’s boutique clothing, accessories, shoes, and fun crafty home decor items, and having pretty good success selling online (when I could actually work on building my business!), we will now have the opportunity to offer our designs in a little shop in Our Town! It was quite interesting …

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Beat The Heat Giveaway at Katherine’s Corner

Here’s a great opportunity to join a fun blogging community at Katherine’s Corner and enter to WIN the Summer BEAT the HEAT GIVEAWAY! Its hot outside and Katherine from Katherine’s Corner is having a giveaway to help you beat the heat. She invited me and a few more of her bloggy friends to join in …

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Thursday Favorite Things: Encouraging Creativity in Children

Everyone is creative. We might not all feel like we are creative, but that depends on our definition of “creativity.” We aren’t all artists who paint pictures or design buildings or fashion sculptures. We aren’t all classical pianists or opera singers or violinists. We aren’t all writers or poets or composers. We aren’t all actors …

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Something out of nothing

I remember the story my mama used to tell me about making a little coat for me when I was four or five years old. She was a very resourceful mama, having grown up during the Great Depression, so she had learned over the years how to make something out of nothing. Of course, I …

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