About Me

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My favorite memory from childhood is of me standing on the front porch swaying in the wind from the storm that was brewing.  Thunder was rolling and lightning was beginning to streak across the sky.  It was a moment of pure exhilarated abandonment. I had no fear.

I think I love that memory because it was during an untarnished time in my life. A time of innocence and pureness. A time before I knew to be afraid. That memory is a safe place for me when the life waters are muddied.  It reminds me that God created me to be free.  In him I can withstand the roar of the storm.   In Him I am free.

 

I am a dreamer, but I’m also a little bit pragmatic, which makes life interesting to say the least. My husband helped orchestrate a list of words to describe me:  Christ-follower, Curious, Creative, Charming, Considerate, Cordial, Candid, Committed, Canny and Chary. (we kept the C theme going – you can look them up if you want) He’s pretty spot on. He loves me. I would add convoluted! I am mess.  It’s like living on two sides of the same coin.  You never know which way it’s going to flip. I’m ok with that.

We have moved a lot. A LOT. We may not be done yet. I’ll keep you updated.  Throughout those moves, I have been a teacher, a nanny of sorts, an office manager, a customer service rep, a homemaker, an interior decorator wannabe, and in recent years I have dared to call myself a writer.  I have always loved words. I always wanted to write, but never really considered that I was a writer. I finally let myself believe in the stroke of the pen. I’m excited to see how the story ends.

I write poetry, devotions, lyrical essays and personal anecdotes with a bit of humor thrown in from time to time. My faith and family are both important to me and you will see threads of both in most of my writing. I love the month of October and sometimes am more inspired to write during that season. I can, upon occasion, be profound.  I find that my writing voice sometimes changes to reflect my current mood.  The stories that reflect my family values, or have tidbits about my family are the ones closest to my heart. (this one too).  They give me my sense of place. Of belonging and connection.

I am married to Rocky, aka Mr. Piano. He is a professional pianist and earned his DMA in May of 2013.  I am proud of him.  He is the best thing that ever happened to me and I can’t imagine my life without him. He centers me.  We find that romance exists in simple everyday moments. We recently moved back home, almost literally for me.  We are next door to the house I lived in as a teenager. You can read about the adventure of our 99 box move. (I didn’t really count all the boxes). We are the only people I know who are living in their second home without owning a first home.

If you read some of my earlier posts you my have noticed that they were signed by Sadie.  Still me, just a pen name I used back when I wanted to be somewhat anonymous.

Please feel free to leave questions in the comments,  or tell me a little about yourself.  I love making new friends.  My hope is that you will feel at home here and become part of the community at StoneLeaf and Co.

Blogging in Grace,

Teresa (aka Sadie Grace)

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13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. “never know which side of the coin you’ll get…” yes! I get that totally. I love that picture…are you the one in the green? love the sibling (?) eyeing that doll!!!

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    1. Yes, I’m the one in the green and that is my younger sister, Beth, eyeing the doll – good catch! I hadn’t really noticed that 🙂 I’ll have to see if she remembers wanting my doll!

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  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind words Teresa! It is so nice to hear from you. Close to 20 moves? And 30 years of marriage? I have a lot to learn from you! We are on 4 moves in 5 years and it is not getting any easier so I need some tips. I love how you write and can’t wait to sit and read more. Haha convoluted! That one can go on my list too. Thanks for sharing your life and journey this way!

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    1. Thank you, Ally for your sweet words. My best tip is that nothing is ever written in stone, so expect change, but don’t live life on hold (I did that too many times). Each move has it’s rewards and you have to embrace it and live it. And one day, if you’re fortunate this side of heaven, you may stop moving. We may have one more move yet as my husband is transitioning from student to being in the workforce again (in our early 50’s). Every move has taught me something and I have lots of memories. I should have invested in a moving company years ago. 🙂 jk. My brother once told me I should write a book about all our moves. The actual moving never gets any easier – it is exhausting work – the good news is we have purged a lot over the years (still too much stuff) and I always love the unpacking and decorating a new space. If you move far it is hard to leave friends and family, but it is great to meet new ones. Every chapter shapes us into who we are supposed to be. I’m thinking I can learn a lot from you too! As I’ve gotten older, I have found that I can learn much from the younger women that God puts in my life and I find that exciting. Ok, probably way more info than you need, but sometimes I talk a lot. 🙂

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  3. Hi Teresa – nice to meet you through the Writer’s Circle. I love the pictures of the barns and I look forward to meeting you “At the Barn.” Love your “about” page – very personable and funny! I’m with you in hoping that our time with fellow writers will help us look at things with new vision.
    Blessings,
    Renee

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  4. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for the sweet comment you left on my blog. It was such a joy to read about the loving relationship you have with your nephew – so very special. Thank you for visiting. It’s so nice to meet you.

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  5. Nice! I am a fan of your blog banner picture (horizontal section of your book cupboard).

    You are beautiful! Remember the black floral skirt/jacket ensemble? That is a stunning photo of you. I will always associate that outfit with our frequent trips to hear a certain southern gospel family group.

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    1. Thanks. That photo was taken on one of those trips and in the original photo you are standing on one side of me and mom on the other. I’ll have to send you a copy of the picture. That was my Easter outfit. One of my favorite – not sure whatever happened to it – may still be in the back of the closet at Mom’s.

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