I am Dawn, married to Mike in September of 1996, and added 2 sons in 1999 & 2000.
The first 37 years of my life, I thought I was a Christian. But really, I was a counterfeit one. I knew how to be religious and “look good,” but my heart was far from the Lord. I had lived a very rebellious life full of lies and promiscuity before I was married, and much darkness continued for the first 13 years of our marriage. I thought I could just hide all that by pretending holiness in the right circles, and doing a bunch of good deeds. Thankfully, through the power of His Word, the Lord removed the veil from my eyes in the fall of 2009. Now I could actually see my need for a Savior. WOW – what a season of repentance I experienced! It was both devastating and amazing at the same time. I am still humbled by His grace and mercy.✝️❤️
That fall of 2009 was the same season we began homeschooling our boys and homechurching with several other families as we had separated ourselves from the church we had been married in. I was so hungry for the Word, and the curriculum we were using for homeschool was soooo rich in Truth… The Lord knew we needed this time to grow in our knowledge of Him, and much was learned in this season of our lives. All the seeds that had been planted over the first 37 years of my life seemed to explode at warp speed now that the soil of my heart was primed and ready. After a couple years, our homechurching era came to a close, and we began to feel drawn toward worshiping with a larger body of Believers. In God’s providence, He knew that I would need 3-1/2 years of growth as a new Believer before He would allow me to see that Jesus had not only died for my sins, but ALSO my shame. What an emotional Truth this was to accept! And it humbled me to my core.✝️
Over the years we’ve been a part of several Bible-believing churches. We are drawn toward expository preaching.
Mike & I experienced our Believer baptisms in August of 2014. It was a delight to experience it and have our family around us.
Right now, the Lord has led us to a lovely group of Believers in Beloit, Ohio – Community Bible Church. We are often overwhelmed at how the Lord continues to grow us amidst this world’s chaos.
I will always be in awe of the Lord’s patience with me. He has completely overtaken my life in a way that has radically transformed me. I feel His blessings everywhere, and He’s continually showing me more of Himself.
We are full-time caretakers of Mike’s parents’ farm. They allow us to practice chemical-free, grass farming where we rotationally graze beef and dairy cows. Right now we milk for just our family. We milk once-a-day, and we milk seasonally. During the coldest part of the year, our girls get a vacation from milking as they grow their calves for birthing in late April, and we get a break from milking – a time to catch up on things we can’t get to in the warmer months, and a time for recharging. On the side, I also work part-time, mostly virtually, doing marketing for an IT company out of Alliance. The Lord continues to provide for us each day. We still deal with the consequences from our dark days, but progress is being made, & we give all the glory TO HIM.
Our prayer is that through this blog, you will see a snapshot of our life, and that it reflects His Light in our walk.
Just some details about me? I love writing, smiley faces🙂, sharing quotes & ah-ha moments, writing rhyming poems, taking pictures of our life, walking alongside my
boys young adult sons, memorizing hymns, surrounding myself with Scripture (visually & audibly), preparing nourishing food for my family, and creating crafty items from crazy tidbits I keep around. Oh, and it doesn’t take much to make me cry – “happy cries,” we say around here!😂
Heavenly Father, I pray this blog will be an avenue to share whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, …excellent, or praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) Thank You for incorporating my mistakes into Your plan. Help me to share where Your Hand is in the refining processes of my life. May I always be rebukable & moldable… Stomp out my pride, Lord, and continue to fill me with the knowledge of Your Will until I’m promoted to Heaven. Thank You for rescuing me from the dominion of darkness, and bringing me into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14)
April 2021 pic:
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Christmas 2014 pics:
(I couldn’t resist keeping these old pics in here…)
3-1-2012 Here’s a pic of our boys at Mike’s brother’s wedding in September 2011. Paul’s on the left (11.5) & Michael’s on the right (13). 🙂