HELLO!

Welcome to my cozy nook in cyberspace world. Grab a cup of coffee. (I take mine very dark, with cream and stevia.) Pull up a chair and let’s get to know each other. Introductions are typically followed with a quick list. Here is mine:

  • headshot5wife and mother
  • author of “The Unseen Companion- God with the Single Mother”
  • writer of children’s picture books and Christian non-fiction
  • playwright
  • speaker
  • storyteller
  • elementary teacher (16 years)
  • Founder and Coordinator of SEEN Ministry for Single Moms
  • Founder and Lead Writing Coach for KIDS ARE WRITERS
  • BA, Elementary Eduction
  • M.Ed., Integrated Teaching Through the Arts
  • And on the very rare occasion when all nerves are subdued, actor and singer

And THIS is where our friendship begins. Deep within the bullet point lists are the stories of our lives. Stories, that if well-told, produce laughter and tears and require many cups of coffee. For me, there is the story of the single mother who built a new life with her daughters. There was the pursuit of education, despite the scarcity of time, money, and energy. There is the story of a children’s writer, whose characters dance and play and sing inside her mind.

But, there is an even greater story.
A story of a lost soul, pulled from the depths.
A story of grace and redemption and the rebuilding of home.
Of this story, I am most passionate.

I’m warning you. It might get sappy.
This is a love story.

“You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.”
Psalm 30:11,12

Thank you for visiting my website. Here you will find my thoughts on writing, life, family, and faith. You will also find information about my speaking events and my work with single moms and young writers. Yes. My life is very busy, but fulfilling. I wouldn’t change a thing. Not one.
Ok… there was this bad sushi I ate once. I would change that. The rest of it can stay. The good. The bad. The ugly and victorious. You will learn I am passionate about story and every good story (every good life) must have both storms and sun. And on a very rare occasion, bad sushi.

Now it is your turn. I want to know my readers. Tell me a bit of your story.

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20 thoughts on “HELLO!

  1. God Bless you big sister on your journey. Thank you for sharing your love of God with the world and bringing all of us who listen closer to the Lord! I love you! Love Nic

  2. Michelle, you’ve not only become a brilliant Christian writer, you’ve also become an artist. Your words are inspirational, moving, and filled with unique vivid analogy that paints a compelling picture for the reader. There’s much to learn from your wisdom and faith. I’m a fan. Keep writing!!!
    Love Pauly the philosopher 🙂

  3. Michelle,
    I love your writings and enjoy you sharing your “real life experiences”, faith, love, and dependence on Christ–“our Rock”. Write-On girlfriend!
    Lanee’

  4. Michelle,
    The faith, care and love expressed within these pages is identical to what you express in our home. “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight oh Lord. my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
    I love you,
    Jeff

  5. I subscribed several minutes ago.
    I am a 71 year old woman, who is married, for a third time. God placed me in my current husband’s life 20 years ago this fall.
    I had a BA in elementary education. Because of my substitute teaching, I was working for a temporary placement agency, where my husband Jay was working permanently.
    Almost a year before I met Jay, I had left my alcoholic/emotionally abusive husband Richard, after 10 years of marriage.
    That union brought into the world twin daughters, Karlene and Darlene. I was 41, when I had my daughters, which was a second family, for me.
    My first marriage was to Tim, who was from my hometown. We had three children. I had a AS, after studying at CO Women’s College, my first 2 years, after graduating. I decided to go across WY and get my BA. My first endorsement was in Elementary Education.
    Meanwhile my current husband Tim was having illicit affairs in Riverton, WY. When I got home from 8 weeks of summer school, he asked me for a desk, while he sat behind his game warden’s desk.
    My parents Clifford and Marjorie came to WY and helped me move to my placement for student teaching, in Laramie, WY. I finished that, but always needed someone to take care of me. Got an annulment from a second marriage.
    Once again, my parents stepped in and rescued me. I moved to Omaha, where they gave me a place to live, a duplex they owned. I failed that also.
    Once again, a man distracted me from my goal as a teacher and I made another move to another town, for a man. That did not work, because he had to have surgery, for testicular cancer. Actually, I saved his life. He would never have made it, because I found the cancer. God always works in mysterious ways!
    I met Richard and we were married one and a half years later. He would not listen to me, when I begged him to go in for help, for his alcoholism. He told me I was the one who needed help.
    Jay swept me off my feet. He had been married for 15 years and had a wife, who left him, for his best friend. Their union brought them three children. He was emotionally scarred, as well.
    In August, we will celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary. God has redeemed my life. God was always there, no matter how many irrational decisions I made!
    We have currently been taking care of our 12 year old granddaughter Klarice the past three years. Her mother will be done with her contract for rehab, the first of May.
    We belong to a praying congregationI am convinced my daughter would not be where she is, if we had not had those prayers.
    My husband Jay and I are worship leaders, we lead the congregation in singing; we are hoping to do an outreach, for the elderly within our community. I have a heart for them, because I did home health, until I was 65.
    I teach the 5-9 year olds and love it. Our new Pastor Scott and his family moved here the week-end of Halloween. He has helped us immensely, with our marriage and raising our granddaughter.
    Klarice will return to her mother’s care, within the next year. Jay and I want to make sure my daughter is ready. Her mother Karlene is applying for housing, where we live!
    God has truly redeemed our marriage. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
    Pray Calvary Church will grow. There are so many lost souls, within our midst. I will pray for your single’s ministry.

  6. Thank you Michelle for the beautiful book, the Unseen Companion. It has reached deep areas of grief in my heart as a single mother, and equally brought great joy! I’ve been a single mother for the past 6 years after a second very difficult 2 yr marriage, after being a single mother for four years, after having been married 23 years and having five children to take care of by myself. Through it all, God has shown me His immense love and tender care, but there are still many times that I cry out to him for his help and support. Your honesty and vulnerability are beautiful and have helped me realize that I’m not alone in this journey, and there’s great purpose in the intimacy that I’ve found in Him. My five children all love him dearly, and He’s supplied wonderful mentors and provision for each one of them. Thank you again!

  7. Thanks Michelle for the wonderful book – I just wrote you a long post but somehow it erased and it’s getting very late – but I appreciate you so much!

  8. Hi I am a Mom of 5 parenting 4, 1 was placed in adoption 24 years ago. Since my adoption experience, which is was what God used to get ahold of my life and save me, I have had a heart for women. I now am employed by a nonprofit organization for single moms called MOMS Canada. I am always looking for resources for the moms we support and for better ways to support single moms. Currently we are located in Alberta Canada taking phone calls and emails from all over Canada.

  9. Hi, I haven’t yet read your book but I too am a single mom chasing after Gods heart. I desire so badly to be married to the right man that God has for me. It feels so far away. I just want to know what you did to keep yourself turning back to sin.

  10. Hello, my story is still painful to me. As I reflect on my past I have come to realize that my marriage was slowly changing over time. At first I blamed depression and was hopeful that he would see the damage and seek help. He had lost a second sibling due to drugs and alcohol. He lost his job and really began to withdraw and self medicate. About 6 years we lived this way. Encourage him to find his passion and to seek Gods wisdom. I told him his addiction was like him cheating on me because he continued to lie and use our funds to purchase it. We struggled financially but everytime he needed funds he went to his parents. I decided enough was enough. One of my failures was not seeking God’s wisdom first. I put my foot down and requested he quit. That began a roller coaster I never expected in the summer of 2016. His moods, his anger and his words were so hurtful. He appeared to not care if our three young daughters heard or saw. To make matters worse he discovered he had another daughter. As he waited to take the paternity test, his emotions were all over the place. I again encourage him to be a true partner and start a career or find his passion in life. We were struggling financially and another child, older was going to be costly. His answer was to sell our boat then I did not have to pay that out so we had extra funds. Things got worse, he then started to accuse me of adultery and it progressed to not just the current time period but our whole 17 year relationship and marriage. He words were even worse, his anger progressed. I sought out help as the Bible says but his anger progressed. He became physical and in front of our oldest. I asked him to leave so we could work on things. I discovered his dad is bipolar and so is his daughter whom he decided and forced custody of by December that year. When he brought her home, it was not to our house but to his new girlfriend and her two daughters. The drama continues as he has threatened my life, lost visitation with all of our girls and refuses to seek help. The courts have started reconciliation with the two younger girls in which he has already involved his new family with them. The oldest is still afraid and refuses. Their environment and lifestyle scares me as he continues to self medicate and refuses to officially get tested for bipolar and seek help. I need all the prayers I can. I continue to ask God for guidance on how much fighting I should do for the girls. For myself I don’t understand why he left me. What or if I could of done anything different. I know God loves me and is with me but I wake alone and go to be alone (well actually all three of my girls sleep with me). He has this new life like he has not skipped a beat. Replaced me with no emotions and in involving our girls in an unGodly relationship. My heart hurts.

  11. Seriously, the 7th day was so on time for me on your devotional for single moms. God is always on time & it touched my heart so deeply. Thank you for following the calling God has given you. Blessings.

  12. Hello! My name is Destinee. I really loved your bible plan, Woman of promise: letters to the single mother. It spoke to me and encouraged me as I walk this journey of being a single mom. I loved how God spoke to you in that season and in return you gave us those letters

  13. I was blessed tremendously by your writings. I was a single mother and I often saw myself in these letters. Thank you for sharing and continue to let God use you.

  14. Your messages has touched my heart and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God continue to bless you as you keep touching lives.

    Stay blessed.

    Mary

  15. Hi
    My name is Charlece I’m a single mom of three. My son who is 5 1/2 and twin girls who will be four on the 26th. My life is super busy. Along with being a mom I work full time. My back story I have my B.S. in Pre Law a month before I started my masters I found out I was pregnant with my son. When my son turned one a few months later I found out I was 12 weeks along with the twins. 6 months after I had my twins I graduated with my Mastersin Criminal Justice.