Hi there! I’m Carrie. I am a mom, a wife, a pastor, a teacher, a friend, a determined gardener, and a sporadic artist. I love a good adventure. I grew up in Brazil and part of me is surprised that I’m still living stateside. I hope to do more traveling one day, but for now, starting a family and a church and loving a neighborhood is a pretty great adventure!
I’m an introvert at heart. My favorite time of day is early in the morning – before the world is awake. I love to sit with a cup of coffee and my bible and listen to a quiet world and an often quieter God.
I am a nurturer. I want to walk with people through good times and bad – encouraging, celebrating, mourning, and hoping. I love to cook for people and I love to welcome people into our home – although, I may on occasion become frantic in the moments before you arrive…I still love it.
I am a perfectionist, but I am learning to embrace the beauty in messy imperfections and my own frustrating limitations. I am finding peace and joy with a life that doesn’t always meet my crazy expectations. My kids and my church help me with that.
I should mention that my kids make me a better human in lots of ways. Too often, we parents complain about our high-maintenance little dependents, sometimes we try to identify them as the reason our life isn’t all that it could be. There is a part of this that is true. I am not nearly as productive and efficient in almost everything often (but not always) because of my children. But, I am a better human. They teach me to love, holding nothing back. They teach me to be patient and kind when I am tired, overwhelmed or angry. And they teach me to simply love God – to love being loved by God – without looking for results or self-improvement. They are teaching me to love life and live it fully – the way Jesus promised we could.
I hope, above all, that I am a follower of Jesus. That means that I have high ideals. I want to shine love and hope, light and joy into a world that is beautiful, but broken in places. I want to be a part of God’s healing work in the world and sometimes that means recognizing the places where I am broken and being willing to let God shine there.
Well, that’s enough about me. I’d love to get to know you!
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