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Hello. I’m Janine.

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I love words. But trying to find just the right ones to describe myself is hard. I want them to be honest words.

Human. I’m all about embracing life’s lessons. That said, I’m also slow to learn and I will change, but you’ll have to drag me there kicking and screaming.

Flawed. I’m as broken as they come. I have way more questions than answers. But after a life’s worth of hard lessons, I think the trick is to just keep your feet moving.

Mother. I’ve given up a lot of things for my children—willingly—but not always aware of what it cost me until after the fact. My heartfelt prayer for my four daughters is that someday they can reflect on their childhoods and know that they were loved. No matter how many mistakes I made along the way.

Wife. I have an incredible husband. It took me two tries to find him but I’m so glad I did. I plan to keep him as long as possible.

Storyteller. For years, I have quietly nurtured a desire to tell stories. Does that make me a writer? That’s my dream. Unfortunately, turning that dream into a reality remains elusive because I’ve also quietly nurtured a tremendous fear of vulnerability.

Dreamer. God wired me with an eye for beauty. Nature, art, photography, design, and words—these things whisper refreshment into my soul.

Divorced. Life’s lessons learned the hard way.

Cancer. God lessons in progress.

Optimist. Whether it’s sparkling water, white wine or coffee, my glass is always half full.

Hopeful. Romans 5:2-5 – “Through faith in Jesus we have received God’s grace. In that grace we stand. We are full of joy because we expect to share in God’s glory. And that’s not all. We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.” (NLT)

Redeemed.