When I was in 5th grade my teacher assigned the class to write a story and illustrate the pages to create a book.  I spent hours on that project because…well, I loved doing it.  Writing the story and creating pictures to go along with it made me happy.  I got two A+ on it.

Looking back now, I see that’s where my love for writing and art began. Through the years, my hands have helped create books from stories…for others. Not much for myself though.  After college I worked with those who have white hair and beautiful lines on their faces and hands who told their stories to me.  For some of them, I made a book filled with their stories and photos of way back when, their joys and legacies they hope to leave.  I still enjoy doing that today.

It wasn’t until 2012 when I started writing my personal stories and wandering thoughts…and allowing others to read them. As I said, I’ve always enjoyed writing and I have been ever since I was a child, but I’ve only shared them if it was a class assignment or just for me to read.  In reality, if you asked me a question face to face what’s going on in my little mind, I’d probably give as short an answer as possible.  Give me a piece of paper and a pen or a keyboard to type on, and it becomes a different story.

In the fall of 2011, I read the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and started following her blog. I honestly didn’t know what a blog was until I saw hers at the end of her book.  On one of her posts at the end of December, she gave a Joy Dare.  To count 1000 gifts in 2012. So, I took the challenge.  I got a fresh, new journal book and by day 5 I had written down 15 things I was thankful for.

After my husband’s suggestion and encouragement, 6 days later I had a blog.  Beth’s Joy Dare.  That was so not me.  All I was going to do was keep the list on there and that was it. Just a list and for no one else to see.  But what started out as a place to simply log my joys, it became a blog where I unexpectedly wrote my personal life and faith lessons that stemmed from the joys I was finding.  It evolved to be a place to remind myself of God’s goodness and grace because they’re so easy to forget in a busy world.  I discovered writing is an outlet, my refuge and a place to be me.

It took about 5 months for me to “publish” my scattered thoughts about a backyard experience where I took a leap of faith, flapped my wings and launched my writing journey. Once I reached my goal of finding 1000 gifts, I had also written more and decided to change my blog a little bit. It became Simply Remind Me  with the purpose to share simple reminders of God’s goodness and grace that renews the heart. That was my space for almost a couple of years and here I go again changing things up.  This time I’m planning to stay put here.

I also co-manage and write for another blog SMC Women, from the church I’ve been part of for over 15 years.

My husband is my best friend, the love of my life.  I feel blessed to stay at home with our 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter and love every minute of it.

????????I plan to write once a week with some add-ins of Joys and For Todays.

I hope the stories I share reach you right where you are, as you are.  I hope my words will bring thought, give meaning, share hope and encourage joy in your life.  

Here’s some random things about me.

  1. I love to take pictures…of my family, God’s creations and  joys.  Each photo tells me a story.
  2. I take our dog for a walk almost every morning while my mind wanders in all sorts of directions.
  3. I drink Coca-Cola not coffee.
  4. Our bright sunroom makes my soul happy.
  5. For several years, I’ve captured stories from people over the age of 70 and created his/her life and faith book.
  6. I love to watch ACC college basketball!
  7. I listen…and try to encourage…but mostly listen with all my heart.
  8. I need to spend time with dear friends because I need to laugh hard, a friend who will listen and do life together.
  9. I had brain surgery in 1993…and if it didn’t happen I might not have been rescued.  I’m glad God used that situation to get through my thick skull how much he loves me.
  10. My life verses:  Joshua 1:9 and Romans 15:13

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back again…

4 Responses to about

  1. Teresa says:

    I found you on the Writers Circle FB page – loved reading about your story. I’m looking forward to meeting you at the barn in September! Your new blog design looks great.

  2. Wendy says:

    Just a delightful story of who you are and the journey that brought you here.

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