About the blogger….

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

My name is Brooke, and I am a mom on a journey– a journey into the upside down kingdom where compassion motivates, relationships sustain, self dies, and Jesus reigns.

My journey began long ago–as a child, in fact–and has taken me into some surprising places; but perhaps the most surprising part of my journey (thus far) began 5 years ago when God led my family into serving one of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in our community.

At first we were simply participating in a monthly outreach sponsored by our church, but then God set us on a path we would have never found on our own. In July 2013 my family and I joined up with a newly-forming Hispanic church plant inside our adopted neighborhood. I became the children’s ministry leader, and my husband became the pied piper, calling children in from the streets to come learn about God.

This blog is the ongoing tale of how God has set my family inside this beautiful community where we love and are loved in return. It’s a space for me to record, to process and to share. The journey has already been so full of joy and grief, growth and set-backs, beauty and sacrifice, learning and unlearning. . .

. . . and I fully believe that we’ve only just begun.

In case you are curious, here’s my brief bio:

familyI have been married to Cliff for 19 years and am the mother of 3 children ages 14, 12, and 6. I grew up mostly in Mobile, AL, but spent 3 of my formative years living in Tokyo, Japan. I hold a BA from Tulane University and an MA from the University of Cincinnati, both in English Literature.

Currently, I live in the Tampa Bay area and will soon be finishing my third year as a homeschool mom.

I am a big fan of having adventures, going to new places, show tunes, reading (esp. Victorian fiction and Christian non-fiction) and eating ice cream.

To hear why I started blogging, you might want to start at the beginning: Rumblings and Stumbling Blocks.

To learn the surprising story of how I began my journey with El Crucero, check out A Boy, a Block and Some Bibles and I Sure Hope God Sends Someone.

If you are wondering why I homeschool, please read Why This Public-School-Advocating Mom is Homeschooling.

I would love to hear your story! Please leave a comment below….


3 thoughts on “About the blogger….

  1. Hi Brooke, you visited my blog, so I visited yours, and feel very encouraged. It is a great blog – looks excellent and (obviously more importantly) contains great informative heartfelt stories. I look forward to reading more of your adventures.


    1. Thank you, unkleE, for such kind encouragement! I was able to spend some more time on your blog today. Sounds like you are a retired civil engineer? My father, grandfather, and father-in-law were all civil engineers, too (and my husband is a chemical engineer). I appreciate how you tell both your faith journey and your church journey. There is much in both to which I can relate.


  2. Yes, I am a retired Civil Engineer, though I went into water engineering and worked more as an environmental manager than anything else. My three brothers all trained as engineers and my daughter married one – you can’t get away from us!! 🙂

    I’m glad you found my autobiographical pages interesting. There is a lot I can relate to in what you are doing and writing about, and a lot to admire, so I hope we can keep in touch.


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