i’m a blogger
A Big Leap
It was just before Christmas in 2008 when I handed my boss a resignation letter and explained that I was leaving the 9-5 to pursue my passion for writing, speaking and crafting. Needless to say, taking the BIG LEAP to work from home was exhilarating. And terrifying. But I was compelled by my faith, a strong sense of purpose, and an arsenal of tools (like a new laptop and a little place called “Blogger”).
I think I officially launched about a half dozen blogs over the course of my first nine months of blogging before I settled into Deviantly Domesticated, which served as my online home for over 3 years. Somewhere along those years I managed to write an astonishing 781 posts, mainly on the topics of nurturing home, creating and femininity. And in the process I’ve learned so much about expressing myself online.
i’m a christian
Which brings us to the present. Though Deviantly Domesticated has been a wonderfully fulfilling virtual space, I knew that there was one crucial piece missing: a mindful and intentional outlet for my faith. And by this I mean that I want to connect the deeper spiritual purposes of my life to things like refashioning, thrifting, social media, and yes…blogging. Of course, in order to do that I have to get seriously creative….
Why Make Home Make Sense?
In other words, I’m seeking to make Home make a little more sense in the grand scheme of things. And, in partnership with that, to make Home make cents for us as well. To do this I’ll be writing posts, extended downloadable articles, ebooks, and (my favorite) Bible studies, recording podcasts, and creating challenges for all of us to dive deeper into Home and faith.
i’m a crafter
And what I mean by getting seriously creative is that I LOVE crafting, beauty, and thrift, and I intend to tell the deeper stories of spiritual meaning via the same projects, photos and ventures that I’ve been bringing to Deviantly Domesticated for over 3 years. (ahem…frankly I wouldn’t dream of giving them up…) My firm conviction is that we CAN incorporate our faith into the things we love most, including cupcakes, fashion, photography and the like in a way that Makes Sense.
i’m a wife
Finally, the blogging, crafting, cupcake-eating Stephanie is only one half of a whole. The other half, Mr. Hillberry (aka Craig), casually asked me out for a beer (a “just-a-beer, not-a-date” date) about a month after I turned 21. We were married two years later and just celebrated our 8 year anniversary this past January (2011).
Partners in Work & Life
Craig and I are partners in work as well as being partners in life. Though you’ll only hear from him on this space occasionally (I have been known to persuade him to contribute posts from time to time), he’s always working behind the scenes as we both continue to learn the in’s and out’s of online business, and he is as invested in this site as I am. I’m so thankful to have him (bossiness aside), and trust his instincts completely.
An Infertility Observed
In winter of 2009 we found out that we would probably never be able to have children–a devastating diagnosis for both of us. This led to two things. First, I started a blog on infertility that eventually became my first book; An Infertility Observed is my story of faith and infertility, and it is by far the best writing I have ever done. Second, we started believing in miracles.
And we still do.
Thanks for learning more about me–