About Me

My name is Michelle and I am in my mid 30’s. We live in a house that is out in the boonies, nestled among the beautiful hills of the Finger Lakes region of NY. 
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My husband Jay is an amazing carpenter. He is currently self employed and he builds beautiful things. He has a passion for old barns and loves to fix them up or take them down and repurpose the wood.

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I have two beautiful daughters by birth (Kaya is 10, Luna is 6) and one lovely step-daughter, Nico who is 14. At the moment, we do not have contact with Nico, but she is sorely missed and loved so much.

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In my former life I was a “recovering Catholic” and then a Pagan. For a while, I even considered myself as a Wiccan. I was a Dead-head, a hippie who lived in a van down by the river.

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I was a drinker, a smoker and a midnight toker. I am proof that God will reach out *anyone* and the best label I could give myself now is Daughter of the King.

We are “baby Christians” and are just a few years into our walk with Christ.  My husband was saved about a year before I was. I was a bit more stubborn, maybe it is the red hair? I came to know and love the Lord and was baptized during the summer of 2009. It has been, in a word, amazing. We go to a great, small church and have a fantastic church family, for which I am constantly grateful. You can read my testimony here.


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I am a “stay-at-home” Mom, who rarely stays home for more than one day at a time. I homeschool my girls and feel blessed to be able to do so. Some days are great, some days are a struggle, but I wouldn’t consider sending them to school at this point. I love having them home!

In June 2009, we sponsored Precious in Ghana, our first child from Compassion International, something that has changed our lives in SO many ways. As a penny-pincher, I did a LOT of research about the organization before I even brought it up with my husband. After weeks of searching and reading, I didn’t find anything about Compassion that sent up any red flags, in fact I was more inspired to take this step the more I learned. 

Thankfully, Jay agreed and the rest is history. I love Compassion and what it does. I love how it has changed how I see things and how I think. I love how my children see their blessings for what they are and have giving hearts thanks to knowing these children. In December 2009, I felt God tug at my heart to become an Advocate for Compassion. The training was incredible and I have falling in love with the organization more, as I learn more about it.

I started this blog in 2008 as a way to document our lives and share with family. Through the years, this blog has gown and become a labor of love.  I have a passion for helping sponsors understand the importance of their letters to their sponsored children.  I'm happy to share tips and ideas that might inspire others in the letter writing ministry. I have been truly blessed by the amazing community that I have come to know through Blogging from the Boonies. 

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