My Story

These posts are manly about my life story and testimony.

If you take a look at the women around you, whether you know them or they are strangers, you will see an expansive variety of different types of women. Each one decorated in appearance by wardrobe, facial expressions, hairstyle and body language all of which is motivated by their heart, mind and personality. We all have our own way of sharing who we are with the world. Many of us, however, hide even more what one cannot see physically, or at least we try. We clutch onto a security blanket or veil that keeps the stuff we don’t want seen, […]

For the first few years of marriage, I never considered that my husband had become an idol in my life. I didn’t recognize just how much I was relying on him to fulfill my needs. Instead of going to God through prayer and trusting in Him to guide me through life, I placed more responsibility on my husband to play the role of God in my life. I would seek my husband for wisdom, encouragement, love, comfort, entertainment, and even prayer. I don’t believe it is a bad thing to seek to gain those things from my husband as long […]

I was recently encouraged by my friend Angie from Redeeming Childbirth to make a worship playlist to play during labor and delivery. Her passion is to inspire pregnant women to invite God into the process of bringing a baby into the world, especially since He is the one who knit that baby together! Psalm 139:13-17 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you     when I was made in […]

I had been at the doctor’s office for over an hour. Sitting across from me my doctor explained to me the diagnosis and where to go from there. All I can remember is a gut-punch feeling that I would never be normal again. Stuck on autopilot as emotions ran wild in my heart, I made it home safely. My husband was sitting at the kitchen table when I walked in. I can recall the moment as if it happened in slow motion. Still seated in his chair he pushed it out from the table and made eye contact with me […]

I really love being pregnant! I am almost full term with my second baby and the joy in my heart is bursting at the seams. Sure being pregnant can be challenging. There are things that are a potential risk that should be avoided for the health of the baby, simple things become uncomfortable like sitting and laying down, and then there is the anxiety of not knowing if baby is perfect. In fact, just last week during a routine appointment we heard an irregular heartbeat. We were shocked and scared for what it meant, but thankfully the doctors were able […]

The Unveiled Wife book is based on a true story…my story…and everything I detail within the pages of that book all happened just like I recorded them. I wanted to share with those of you who now are familiar with my story, a treasure that many have commented about saying that it melted their heart. I explain in Chapter 3 of The Unveiled Wife that my friend at the time, Aaron, handed me the most thoughtful birthday present. My response to his gift was this: There are certain moments that you cherish forever, ones that strike you to the core of […]

Delight Your Marriage reached out to me about coming on their podcast to share about my marriage and what I experienced that led me write The Unveiled Wife. You can learn a ton about me and my story through my writing on this blog or in my book, but you can hear my heart through listening when I share about shows I have been on. I pray and hope this podcast that was recorded blesses you! {Listen to DYM Episode 6: Heartache Transformed Through Uncomfortable Honesty with Jen Smith} In Part 2 I share about how there is no such […]

I had the privilege of meeting Amanda and Ann-Renee at SheSpeaks last summer. They are two women so full of joy who desire to serve God and love others with passion. They have a blog/podcast called The Masterpiece Mom and they had me on as their very first guest recently. I wanted to share with you the link to the podcast so you could tune into the conversation! We talked about motherhood, how my son is my gift from God, expecting my second child, about my roles as a mom and a wife, and about my new book The Unveiled […]

This article is based on just one topic of many mentioned in my book The Unveiled Wife. I wanted to share about this topic more in-depth on my blog to give you all the more insight into one of the things I was dealing with as a young bride. Three years into my marriage, I was burdened beneath the weight of a secret that was tormenting me. I was convinced that I made a mistake getting married, not because I chose to marry my best friend, but rather because I was wrestling with the thought of being gay. I had never struggled […]

With the excitement growing around my new book The Unveiled Wife, due to release March 2015, I could not wait to dive into the production of the book trailer. I viewed the book trailer as an opportunity to share with the world the message of the book in a very creative way that would deeply touch people’s hearts. I spent hours contemplating, dreaming, and praying how God wanted this project to come together. My hope is that it is captivating, relatable, and encourages wives in a beautiful way…all while building the excitement for the release of the book! Being a part […]

My husband and I have traveled through 2014 at lightning speed from the momentum of the last few years thrusting us forward. We had hopes and dreams that we talked about for awhile that became a reality this last year and we could not be more grateful. In January I put together a little conference in Southern California called SHINE and it was an unbelievable experience! Almost 500 women came from all over to gather together. What a way to start out the new year! Take a moment to check out a special collection of letters written just for you […]

My dad was sitting on the couch holding my book. He had only been visiting for two days and was already halfway through it. I was only planning to break his attention long enough to say goodnight, but I could tell as he looked up at me that it would be worth it to take a seat next to him on the couch. I didn’t know what I would say; a typical response when we visited together, but I always wanted more, so I put forth the effort. I wish I had recorded our conversation. I wish I could go […]

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