Hi, friend. I'm Erin -- it's nice to meet you. Suppose there are a few things you should know upfront. Once, when I was a child, I cried about litter, and once, as an adult, someone told me I "looked like more of a vanilla person." I'm a bit of a cynical idealist. I believe in storytelling infused with generous helpings of grace and compassion and fueled by iced coffee and hope. I believe in acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly in the freedom and abundance that I've been given, and calling out the belovedness of others. I believe that gratitude makes us brave. I believe in offering honest answers when people ask how we're doing -- please, no more elevator pitches about how we're busy or just fine, thank you very much. I believe in wearing stripes and in almost every single vegetable I've ever tasted. I have a messy house and an even messier heart, but that's okay, because love can see all of it. 

You are so welcome here. 

I've been sharing my journal with the world wide web for something like twelve years now, so yeah, you could say that I grew up around these parts. What started as a space to share angsty teenage poetry that never should have seen the light of day has grown up to be a safe haven for me to write about evolving faith and living into tense, gray spaces. I try to stick to the basics, so you won't find any frills or pretense here. I'm clumsily learning what it means to take up my cross and follow the Jesus who keeps showing up to heal my heart and make me new over and over again. I wouldn't have it any other way. 

I married my best friend Craig in a June wedding almost five years ago. He is the yin to my yang in all the best ways. He'll try to tell you that he's not cooler than me, but you're smart, so I know you won't be fooled by this. We laugh a lot, say we're sorry a lot, and there's nothing better than getting to grow beside him every day. We're currently putting down roots in South Carolina, where he works in production and technology and I work as a full time nanny to two brilliant and rambunctious girls. 

In case you're curious about these sorts of things, I have a degree in counseling and psychology, a minor in biblical and theological studies, and an almost minor in literature. I'm an INFJ and a 2 on the Enneagram. 

I'd love nothing more than to get to know you here. Won't you let me know you stopped by?