Meet Leslie

Thank you so much for stopping by! I feel honored that you’re here.  Here are some things you should know about me:

Jesus and Living a Spirit-filled Life is Important to Me
My worldview includes Jesus as the answer for who, what, when, where, why and how.  He’s the reason I live and He infuses all of my life with meaning.  He was and will always be my first love (I tell my husband he’s my number 2!).

I Often Wish I Lived in Another Country
I wanted to serve God overseas since I was 16 and lived in dread that I would have to live in America.

God eventually did lead me to serve Him overseas for five years in a remote city in northwest China, where I taught English in a university for three years and then studied Mandarin full-time for two years after that, thinking I would live there forever. I loved it.

But God had other plans.  Jesus wanted to fulfill the OTHER desire of my heartmarriage to an incredible man and being a mom to two very devious, yet delightful teeny people.  And so far marriage and overseas work have been mutually exclusive.

This blog reflects a lot of my angst over God’s perceived call on my life and His actual call on my life.  Many of my posts wrestle with my re-entry journey back after moving back from China.

I still have a passion for overseas work and other cultures and hope that God leads our family overseas again in the future.    

I Value:
Simplicity, rest, deep conversations, diversity, reflection, nature, coffee, laughter, social justice, adventures, a hopeful and joyful outlook and a broad view of the world, with attention to its amazing detail.  You can read my post, 21 Ways to Live Counter-culturally to find some ways I’m trying to swim against the stream in daily life.

Running is My Therapy
Besides Jesus, my husband and children, the other great love in my life is running.  I’m not a competitive runner and usually don’t even pay attention to  distance or speed, but running clears my head and allows me to commune with God in ways that nothing else does.

The title for this blog comes from how I often feel after going on a run–as if all those thoughts, like raisins, have finally gotten scraped free.  I write most of my posts in my head on runs before they ever reach the computer.

I Love Being Married
You can read our love story here, but here I’ll just say that God brought me more than I deserved and more than I asked for in a man.  I’m married to an audio book narrator/voice actor who is self-employed and records in a studio in our basement (which is a huge challenge when you have two little people who are constantly trying to clatter around above his studio).  He is so selfless, encouraging and affirming and is truly my best friend.  We’re self-proclaimed goof-balls, so our children pretty much have no chance.

Strangers Tell me I Have my Hands Full
I have a two-year-old daughter, four-year-old son and a baby boy.  I’m staying home with them right now, though I was an elementary and middle school teacher in previous years.  Most days I adore being a mom, but there are days when I focus more on what I’m missing than what I’m gaining, so this blog is also a fight to enjoy the gifts Jesus has laid in my hands right now.  And they really are precious little stinkers.

I Write to Think

I believe I am a better wife and mother because I am a writer. Here’s my post on that, called To the Writer Mamas.

I’m so glad you are here.  Welcome to my head and heart, because when I started this blog I decided I’d write honestly and openly about what God is teaching me through the life I’m living.  Right now, that is through being a wife and mom in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, though my fascination for other cultures, desire for justice and quest to fall more deeply in love with Jesus lend color to many of my posts.

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