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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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Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Please follow all of us. Your link will appear on the blogs …

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Crown of Thorns

The Day He Died

Recently I had the privilege of teaching a class on the Life of Christ at the university where I work. It was fascinating to me to discover how many of my students were unfamiliar with the stories about Jesus . . . but they were also quite interested in learning. Their backgrounds were varied, some …

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Thursday Favorite Things: Rest

It has been a long and exhausting week. Seems I can’t stop myself from agreeing to WAY too many activities both for myself and my little family, and now we have all crashed in heaps of weariness. Between Annie’s piano lessons, my piano lessons, teaching a class on Monday nights, Gracie’s track practice and meets, …

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Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop

The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Please follow all of us. Your link will appear on the blogs …

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Thursday Favorite Things

The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop is where you can link your favorite post of the week or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. The hop is hosted and posted on 3 different blogs! Please follow all of us. Your link will appear on the blogs …

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An Open Door

You’ve experienced it, too. A closed door. So, we look around to see if perhaps we tripped on an unnoticed obstacle (probably left laying in the way by one of the kids!) and accidentally slammed the door by mistake. But after a few minutes of staring blankly into outer space, wondering what to do next, …

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