About Me

 About Me & This Blog

Hi!  Welcome to Life in the Valley.  I’m Heather and this is where I write to encourage those who, like me, follow Christ in the “now but not yet.”  We live in the valley and look up to our God, think Psalm 121.  We know we are not stuck here, because God finishes what He starts in us AND there is a greater time to come; we can press on with great hope!  And so I write, to remind myself … and you … that we can live with great hope, even as we walk through the valley of life this side of heaven.
Life for me consists of marriage, motherhood, family, friends, neighbors, church, teaching, reading, and writing, intermingled with laundry, cleaning, shopping, and cooking, too often sprinkled with laziness, irritability, harsh tones, and complaining, but also done frequently with thanksgiving and joy.  Yup, it is a life lived whole-heartedly in the “now but not yet!”

Can you relate?
If so, stick around.  The main purpose of this blog is to encourage you to consider how the truth of gospel interacts with real life.  How do we apply the truth of freedom in Christ and life by the Spirit as children of the Father to the day-to-day business of living in our homes, working our jobs, moving about in our communities, and belonging to our churches?  What does the Bible have to say about these things?
There you have it: Life in the Valley.  Will you join me in thinking about these things?  Consider subscribing, sign up to get email when there’s a new post,  like my Facebook page, or follow along on Twitter, and let’s do this together!

About My People and Places

The husband and I have been married since August 2002.  I think he's swell.  He never runs out of cool ideas or creative solutions to any problem I throw at him.  He is a thinker; I need a thinker in my life to keep me grounded.  He's tender-hearted; I need a man who forgives quickly and loves me well.  I'm thankful God put Him in my life and keeps him there.  Did I mention his patience?







The children



These kids keep me on my toes with their antics and questions, but I love them more than I ever imagined I could love anything … and lose my patience with them more quickly than any others in my life! 




My cities are Pittsburgh, PA and Boston, MA.  I grew up and went to college in Pittsburgh and our family moved back there in 2010; all I can say is “I love Pittsburgh!” Graduate school for the aforementioned husband took us to Boston for several years after we married – so many precious people, places, and memories there!



In August 2013, we moved to a much smaller town that we hope to call home for many, many years: Indiana, PA.  The short story is that God brought us here on purpose, and we are thrilled to be along for the ride.

I also spent two years of my life abroad, adding to my list of beloved places.  When I was 12, I lived with my family in Dortmund, Germany.  Between high school and college, I spent a year as an exchange student in Oriente, Argentina, preparing me to pursue a degree in Spanish.

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