Wife, scholar, maker, daughter, friend…each name has its time and season. Within and beyond all these titles, I’m striving to be a servant to Lady Wisdom, who calls the simple to her table, and teaches them to fear the Lord and delight in his love (Proverbs 9). I might even make bold to call myself on of her apprentices, fumbling often, but trying to work with willing hands.
For most of my twenties, I lived a full-time academic life, most recently as a literature and writing professor at a Christian college on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. I loved living there, where the winters were warm and “safe harbor” was more than a metaphor.
In June of 2015, I married a man who has a gift for cultivating good soil, whether that means the literal dirt of a permaculture farm, or spiritual soil in the hearts of those who would serve the poor. Marriage has brought me back to Texas, and we are setting up our household in a master-planned community for the chronically homeless, the Community First! Village in Austin, Texas. Here we will be neighbors not only to men and women coming up off the streets, but to others who feel called by God to live missionally among the poor, as well as the thousands of volunteers who are helping to make this place a home for the forgotten.
Much of what I post on this site will be based on these personal experiences and interests, but I mean to create far more than exercises in self-reflection. I hope that by reflecting on my stories and hear yours, we will dream together about new ways to live: not simply adjusting our version of the status quo, but seeking a radical reclamation of what it means to live as a Christian and to be a “homemaker.” As my title suggests, I’ve created this site not as a gallery of perfect works, but as a workshop: a space for creating, testing, refining, and learning. As you explore, you may find yourself stumbling over knitting needles or books on social justice. You may hear Christmas music coming from one corner and see dirt from the garden tracked in over the floor. Be patient, lend a hand, and perhaps we can gather this blessed mess into something durable and beautiful: a vision of life that teaches us to love God and one another better.