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Hi, I’m Erin. One time, a lunch lady called me “more of a vanilla person.” I love stripes, documentaries, spoken word poetry,  not-too-hoppy craft beer, fine point pens, my local library, and almost all vegetables. I laugh too loud at dad jokes and have always been the mom of my friend group. This is where I come to write about tending the orchard and living the truest thing. Like most worthwhile things, it’s a work in progress.

I’ve been writing on the world wide web for something like twelve years now, so yeah, you could say that I grew up around these parts. I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than stories, so I’ll try to share those before I share my opinions. If you and I were sitting across a table from each other, steaming mugs or wine glasses in hand, I’d want to hear your story. I’m allergic to small talk, so I’d ask about the things you’re struggling with and the things that make you come alive, because I think the world needs a whole lot more of that. And there’d be a whole lot of room for grace, because I find myself needing more of it every day.

Most of what I write in this space is about my faith — it’s the fixed point that everything else in my life orbits. I was raised in a small, conservative, Bible belt church. My family was usually the first one there and the last one to leave, and while I’m overwhelmingly grateful to have had the upbringing that I did, today I find myself more than a little bit embarrassed and unimpressed by the frills and pretense of most of what I see in American Christianity. So no, you won’t find any of that stuff here. I try to just stick to the basics: acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly. I’m messily working out what it means to take up my cross and follow the Jesus who stole my heart, and that’s the only way that seems to fit.

The best thing I’ve done with my life is being this man’s wife. Craig is the yin to my yang in every way. He will try to tell you that he’s not cooler than me, but don’t be fooled by this. I definitely got the better end of this whole marriage deal. We’re currently making our home in South Carolina, where he works in production and technology and I am a full-time nanny.

If you’re curious about this sort of thing, I graduated from Bible college with a degree in counseling and psychology and a minor in biblical and theological studies.

It’s nice to meet you here, friend.

 

 


 

 

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