Hey, my name’s Tina.
My husband Andrew and I have been married now for 23 years. We have our health challenges, but we’ve been fortunate to work side by side from home for the last 14 of those years. Up until just recently, we ran a small ceramics business that provided pet urns to a local family business who lovingly handled the remains of those beloved critter family members. I have no idea how many clay jars we made in the time we worked hard to “urn” that living, but I imagine it’s a pretty large sum. (My estimate, based on the average monthly haul, over 14 years, is 12,000+ urns. Talk about urnin’ a living, hey!?)
Early on this year, we were forced to let our business go. Health wise, we were no longer able to keep up with the demand of the work. What exactly this will mean for us, and where God will lead, we’re not too sure, but we both know in our hearts that this too God has covered. After 12,000 plus urns, a change of pace is kind of nice, though I did have quite the time adjusting to it initially. That story can be found Here.
So, it’s out with the old and in with the new, whatever that shall be. Those Adjustments are being made.
Both my husband and myself are living with chronic illnesses; this was the catalyst that created the need to work from home. Andrew has Fibromyalgia, and I have Hashimoto’s Disease.
We have no children of our own, but we do have two beautiful kitties that we think are just the “cat’s pajamas.” (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. There’s more where that came from.) We adopted both of our girls from a local Cat/Kitten rescue after we realized that Andrew was no longer allergic to cats. (Yipee!) This was the “cat-alyst” that lead to this “cat-aclysm.” That, and two strays which is a cat tail—er tale, yet to be posted. However, those two stories are in the works!
Both of these sweeties have such different, and amusing personalities, so there is never a dull moment.
That’s Jessie in the photo above, doing what we call “Super-Cating.” Why she flys upside down, well your guess is as good as any. She’s a little quirky like myself, and noisy (Let me tell ya…) Of course we adore her despite being—on occasion–so noisy. Sheya has her own sweetness too. You can read a little about her here.
As for my writing, I write from a Christian perspective. I write what’s on my heart, which nearly always is the thing that God has been showing me. However, don’t blame Him for my grammatical errors, punctuation, sentence structure, or spelling. I’m working on all of that, while God works on me. My faith is my greatest passion though, so I absolutely love to share it.
What you’ll find on my blog:
- True stories with an encouraging message
- Fun facts
- Some fiction (Not my passion, but I may throw a bit into the mix)
- Anything which speaks volumes of hope and truth.
- And metaphor…lots and lots of metaphor!
I became a Christian while I was dating the wonderful man that God has given me. Having met at the mall, we both like to say: “You can get anything at the mall!” (Hardy har).
However, It’s truly not about us. It’s about the amazing God that we live to serve.
So, that’s who we are.
We’re not who we were. We’re God’s kids.
“God once said, “Let the light shine out of the darkness!” This is the same God who made his light shine in our hearts by letting us know the glory of God that is in the face of Christ. We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-7