The Truth About the Writers
Anna Brink, Blog Team Writer
The truth about me is that I love to learn. And I love to talk with people about…well, life. Heart issues. Parenting issues. Relationship issues. I just like to skip small talk and go to the deep stuff. 😉 I love to hear about what other people are learning. Exposing life’s biggest challenges is what I thrive on. The first thing I do when I am faced with a new personal challenge is to pray, and then grab a book about it (or a blog). This is why there are stacks upon stacks of books by my bed. (Well, truth be told, sometimes I STRESS over it, I probably cry, and THEN I pray and grab a book! But I am working on that.) I am an introvert to the core, but for some reason, gravitate toward extroverted passions, like theatre and MOPS. These things thrill me and exhaust me at the same time. I am hard-working and a people-pleaser, which are good things, but they can also have their downsides. I have to force myself to have healthy habits of rest and remind myself that the ONLY one I have to please is God. When I keep my focus on Him, I am able to find balance and peace in my heart, even when I don’t have it all figured out.
Laura Freytag, Blog Team Writer
Confession: I am a people person. It is a great gift, but it has its consequences. I will put aside any task if it means spending time with someone. If a neighbor is outside, dinner will be delayed. If a friend texts me, or goodness, calls me, she will get a reply. If hubby needs my help, the dishes in the sink will get smellier. If my oldest son wants to throw the football in the backyard, the laundry will wrinkle in the drier. If my twin sons want to play with playdough, the vacuum will stay in the closet, again. If my youngest boy needs attention, he will get it. I guess it is a good thing God designed me this way because I am rarely alone in my house full of boys. (Ok, one of the two cats is a girl, but even the box turtle is male! C’mon!) I hope the attention I pay the ones He’s given me does not go unnoticed to them, but most importantly, to Him. I know He understands me because He is people-oriented Himself, I mean, He’s always there when I need Him, and I need Him a lot.
Desi Kippes, Co-Founder, Blog Team Writer
The truth about me is that I am an introverted extrovert. I don’t even know if that’s a real thing, but it sounds fun. ? What I mean is that my heart is for people–learning, growing, and being with them brings me great joy and inspiration. But the older I get, the more I also need and crave alone time to journal, pray, read, and regain some sanity. Of course, I am talking about the ideal world where I am balancing everything perfectly. Oh wait! That almost never happens! ? I have a busy husband, two small kiddos, a farm, a part-time job, and volunteer positions to keep me hopping. I am so thankful for a God of grace and mercy that has given me all of this to continue teaching me about trusting Him and reminding me that He is God and I am not.
Lisa Langenhop, Graphic Designer
I am a walking contradiction between efficiency and creativity: my two defining personality traits! Balancing both in my chosen occupation of graphic design has been a beautiful challenge, and the ante has been upped in my marriage and motherhood. My thoughtful, consistent husband and overtly expressive toddler daughter live with both detailed plans riddled with hundreds of lists and a house full of inspiring but unfinished projects. I love to gather people and cook them food, read science fiction, and adventure outdoors. With a baby boy due later this year, my life is about to transform once again, so I’ll be leaning on the Lord and his help via friends, mentors, and excellent blog posts.
Ashley Salerno, Blog Team Writer
Since I was little I have always been a talker. It was problematic in high school as my teachers could never find a desk in the classroom where I didn’t find some way to strike up conversation with whoever was around me, but aside from some shaky parent-teacher conferences, my ability to chat it up with people has served me well. I genuinely LOVE getting to know new people, and my husband probably couldn’t count how many times I’ve said, I wonder what their story is and then left a flight or a restaurant knowing IT ALL. At the end of the day, understanding where people come from is what helps us relate to people and that is a passion of mine. One of the things I love so much about being a mom is that once we have children, we enter into this sisterhood of mothers where we automatically can relate and find common ground with each other no matter how different we may be.
Jessica Sorosiak, Blog Team Writer
The truth about me is that I love encouraging people. Helping people discover things about themselves or achieve a goal they have set for themselves gets me super energized. I wish God had blessed me with good speaking skills because I’d love to be a motivational speaker or a coach of some sort, but God gave me strong written communication skills instead. I’m learning how to use those skills and embrace them in order to help people and bring them closer to God. I’m a wife as well as a mother – to two human children and two dog children. The dogs can sometimes be more of a handful than the children! In my previous, pre-kid season of life I was a School Psychologist, which was a very challenging and rewarding job. I am currently a stay-at-home mom, which is equally as challenging and rewarding, for similar and different reasons. I’m not sure what the future holds for me in the work realm, but I believe God has a plan for me and I plan to follow it. I have been working hard at listening to what God has to tell me and following him where he guides me and the payoff for that obedience has been amazing.
Michelle Warner, Co-Founder, Blog Team Writer & Editor
The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!
*You may notice if you know us in real life that the names of our children are changed. We decided as a team to protect our families’ identities. After all, we’re not positive our kids would want the whole world knowing about their potty accidents and such. 😉