Briefly tell us about your family.

My husband and I have been married 10 wonderful years and have 6 pretty awesome kiddos, 5 boys and 1 girl.  I am a native to Phoenix, and Justin and I moved back here from California in 2005. We love to go camping, hit the sand dunes, play sports and be outside in the sunny sunshine! We see the hand of God on our life in tangible ways as we look back and are confident He is sufficient for all we need in the future.

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What is your biggest pet peeve?

I would say my biggest pet peeve is a mess.  I like things nice and clean and organized.  Although being a mother of 6 kiddos means there is often a mess, I am swift to clean it up and teach my children to do the same.

Do you thrive in the early mornings or late evenings?

Mornings, in my humble opinion, are for sleeping! Being a wife and mom requires me to be up and at ’em in the morning and ready to face the day. But I prefer the evening if I got to choose!

What did you do before joining Surrender Birth?

Before Surrender Birth I was a wife and mom first, a birth doula second, and an on-the-side website designer. Mostly I’ve been making babies, birthing babies, and nursing babies for the past 9 years.

What made you want to join the Surrender Birth team?

I am inspired about the vision of Surrender Birth, and Abby and I came together with a similar vision at a time orchestrated by the Lord alone.  We are confident God is at work with Surrender, and I’m excited to be a part of it.

What can we expect your role to be with Surrender Birth?

At this time, I will be writing blog posts and providing material for the Educate and Encourage portion of Surrender Birth as well as brainstorming and creating new ideas for the Equip portion (Shop). At the same time, we have a special project in the works, and I will be working on that as well.

What strengths will you bring to Surrender Birth?

I believe God has equipped me in a few areas: Writing, Administration, Organization and Vision. I’m hoping it isn’t in my strengths alone (as those are only given by the Lord anyhow) but by His strength that Surrender Birth changes the lives of women, men, and growing families.

What is one lesson God has taught you through birth?

Oh how can I pick just one … all of my births have been a series of lessons concerning the great truths our God bears.  The lesson that stands out the most is how little I truly believe, at times, that God wants to be involved in all the details of my life.  Bearing children is a divine participation with Him in creation, and He cares deeply about it.

How do you think ‘surrendering’ relates to birth?

Surrendering is everything.  Surrendering means we acknowledge God’s great love, grace, and power in our lives and we give the reigns to Him.  In birth, we often find ourselves scraping for some control over a process that is highly uncontrollable.  We unintentionally forget God’s sovereign hands holding us. We forget to breathe and give Him every detail of our lives.  When we surrender in birth, we experience a moment of fellowship with God unlike any other.  He fills all the spaces of hard and scary; He lifts us up with supernatural strength. Surrendering in birth reveals God’s Glory. This is just the beginning of all He has in store for us through birth.

If you had to name one thing you want couples to gain from Surrender Birth, what would it be?

Oh these hard questions of picking one thing … let me try. If I had one thing I would want couples to gain from Surrender Birth, it would be an invigorating relationship with God that radically affects the way they experience birth. How was that?

What stirs your affections for Jesus?

My affections are most stirred by music and inspirational writing.  In the quiet moments when I get to read what God is doing in other people’s lives, my spirit is moved. And through music I quite literally can feel His spirit in the room with me.

What is your favorite passage in Scripture?

I have had the same passage of Scripture on my heart for over 10 years. II Cor 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” Although there are so many passages I love, this verse continues to remind me that I don’t have to be the same as I was before.  So long as I am rooted in Christ, growing in the truth of His word, and covered by His grace, I am a new creation.

If you had to pick an attribute of God that He has been teaching your heart most recently, which would it be?

I am reminded all the time, from those around me or my children or my own heart, that when we live in Christ, with the truth of His word, we cannot have impractical fear. There is no room for it when we are in Christ. I am so thankful He fills the gaps when my heart struggles with fear.

I have also been learning much about living in the Spirit. To see God as alive, living, breathing, and breathing life into us.  That we have access to God, the creator of the Earth, through Christ.  This inspires me daily.

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