About me

One Sunday evening, a very long time ago, I sat in a little white New England church and listened to my friends tell stories about how God had led them in life.  The evening was called an "Ebenezer Night," referring to 1 Samuel 7:12:
"Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us."
I have never forgotten that evening.  This space, ebenezer stories, is my storytelling evening in the old white church. In mostly mundane and occasionally momentous ways, God has continued to lead and help.  Hitherto ... to this very place and time.

These words guide my writing and speaking:
"Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person."  Colossians 4:6
I hope that you find the words here gracious, seasoned with the salt of Christ.

What else...

I have been married to Coty for 35 years.  I am mother to a daughter and five sons.  My daughter and three of my sons are married.  I am Gramma to one granddaughter and two grandsons. Our youngest went to college in the fall of 2013.  I'm still getting used to that empty nest.  Some days I love it. Some days, it's way too quiet.

The journey of homeschooling six children spanned 27 years.  It was a privilege. I've written a few things about it here.

I love many things: sewing, gardening, quilting, knitting, cooking, reading, cycling, swimming, birds.

In September of 2012, I competed in my first triathlon.  Training stretched me far past what I thought I could ever do.  You can read all the triathlon posts here.  I'm looking forward to my second triathlon in the spring of 2015.

In the summer of 2013, I joined with some very talented, Christ-centered women to start Make Welcome, an art collective for refugee women.  I teach sewing skills.  You can read more about it here.

I enjoy having a house full of people who feel at home and don't mind emptying the dishwasher.  If that full house includes all of my far-flung children and grandchildren ... even better.

I am also very happy sitting alone on my screen porch at night with a candle, listening to the cicadas and the barred owls.

I live in the South.  I used to live in New England.  Before that, I lived in Africa - three different times and two different countries, Kenya and Cameroon.  I've traveled to China, India, and Bolivia in recent years.  I'm thankful for those opportunities to travel abroad, but also quite content now to be the home port for family and friends from around the country and the world.

Thanks for reading,

beth p.