About

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I grew up between cornfields near Potomac, Illinois with an ever-changing stack of library books beside my bed. Children, reading, writing, and God have been major parts of life as long as I can remember, so when the idea for my novel, Power Upstruck, it seemed only natural to run with it. I love bringing hope and inspiration to people like you, through my blog.

I graduated from Greenville College (now Greenville University) with a BA in social work, and worked several years in the field of child welfare before becoming a full-time mom. Several years after marrying my husband, Chip Mattis, we moved our family from our hometown in Illinois to northwest Indiana where we spent four busy years helping plant Rolling Hills Vineyard Church (http://rollinghillsvineyard.org ). During this time, I co-created our first kids’ church curriculum and was often found teaching one of the children’s classes.

In 2017 God surprised us by clearly guiding us and laying out a path for our family to move to beautiful Bloomington, Indiana. While we didn’t entirely understand his purposes, we accepted his leading and moved. He continues to surprise and delight us as he daily paves a way ahead of us. Life is quite an exercise in faith and trust! 🙂