Hi, y'all. I'm CARLY and I'm SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE.
MY LIFE IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN I THOUGHT IT'D BE.
AND I'M SO GLAD.
I first began writing on a hand-me-down, desktop PC in my bedroom. The internet wasn't a thing...so, I had Mahjong and word processor. I wrote short stories and novels that never made it past chapter five. It was my thing. Today, I write from my MacBook in between cups of coffee, after my kids have gone to bed. And it's still my thing.
When I was eighteen I really met Jesus. I'd known about Him my entire life, but He radically changed me many years later. I'm so thankful that He did. The Jesus I follow is full of reckless love and offensive grace. I hope to become more and more like Him.
I met my husband, Cody, at a high school football game when I was 17 years old. I was in a toxic relationship that my mom was praying would end. Just weeks after meeting Cody, my relationship did end. I was hurt and a little surprised...but my mom wasn't.
Three years later we were married. I was 20, pursuing a degree in education, and Cody was 23, working as a firefighter. I graduated from college and found out a few weeks later that I was pregnant with our first child. Gunner was born in the middle of my first year of teaching, which I finished out and then began staying home with him. When Gunner turned 1 we began pursuing adoption. We finally brought our son, Titus, home when Gunner was 2.5 years old. You can read more about our adoption story here. Oh, and in the mix of all of that waiting, we found I was pregnant with our third child, our daughter, Pacey. Pacey was born just three months and three weeks after Titus.
Gunner is now 4. And Titus and Pacey are both 1.
Cody is now a driver/engineer for that same local fire department.
And I'm here changing diapers, cleaning up messes, and loving the life I never would have predicted.
In 2014, I began managing the social media for an online ministry called Thrive Moms. It's now my complete honor to manage the content for the ministry - from the online blog, the weekly MOMentum Newsletter, to our newest publication, Abundant Magazine.
This past year I joined the She Does Justice team where I help manage the lifestyle brand and shop. SDJ empowers women to make a difference + is an advocate for those who need one. Each month we support five causes near to our hearts - adoption, empowering young women, orphan prevention, anti-sex trafficking, and healthcare in Africa.