The Perfectly Imperfect Proverbs 31 Woman

You guys! I am so stinking excited for April 10th! That day marks 90 days since my book launched. It may not be a big deal to many but to me it means the world. It means that I let go of fear and yes to stepping out in faith and sharing my heart and love for Jesus in written form for the whole world to read, should the whole world want to! I am still in such awe that God allowed all of this awesomeness to come together! He is so so good! It took me longer than it should to start using my spiritual gifts. I love sharing my heart for Jesus with other women. I am thankful beyond words that Jesus allows me the opportunity.

Please feel free to share this book with any women who would be blessed by this book.

Thank you for sharing this book along! I appreciate you all!


Trip to Galveston

Last week, we had an amazing getaway with friends to Galveston, Texas. It was ah-mazing! We stopped at the Oklahoma City Bombing Museum and Memorial. If you have not been to this, go! This was such a wonderful tribute to those who lost their lives and those affected by the senseless tragedy.

On to Galveston. My heart needed this vacation more than I can put into words. We went with three other families and had an absolutely wonderful time. We had so many wonderful discussions, played canasta, the kids did some snipe hunting on the beach, checked out all that downtown Galveston had to offer and let me tell you we ate the best food. Oh the food was so good!

I loved sitting on the deck drinking coffee and reading my Bible and devotionals. I also enjoyed sitting on the beach reading, while kids giggled and waves crashed in the background.

This was the view from the front deck.

Let’s talk about those kids. After over two years of stagnation, stress and insanity, those kids got to be carefree and enjoy the beauty that God put in front of them. They got to frolic in the Gulf and chase each other on the beach and their giggles were infectious. They got to ride a ferry to another part of the island and explore old Fort Travis. They got to experience the amazing food. They were making memories and escaping the hectic every day life.

As adults, we too were able to escape the hectic every day pressures and were able to relax and enjoy a wonderful getaway from the everyday. We had great discussions about the Bible and life. We are blessed beyond words with friends that have become family. I just cannot thank God enough for how he has blessed us with friends who push us in our faith walk.

It is so good for the soul to get away and refresh and a walk on the beach and the sound of waves crashing is a good place to be.

Life Update

The boys are close to wrapping up their seventh grade basketball season. They are excited to keep working with Joel to gain more knowledge and improve their skill sets. Did I mention these boys are twins? Hard to tell, huh?

Our Junior in high school is LOVING her first season cheering for basketball rather than playing basketball. She is one of the most joyful cheerleaders!

Keith and I are trying to find balance to be everywhere at once- as parents, we all know this too well.

I am working on Keith to get a she shed. This would be a great place to work on writing, to pray and to just have some space that is my own. I am thinking farmhouse chic.

Other than that, no real updates. Travel softball is gearing up. Boys are debating how they are going to spend their Summer. More to come!

I am working on a new project that I am beyond words excited about! I cannot wait to share more info in the near future.

Keith and I are doing a Bible Study through our church on Revelations. OH. MY. GOODNESS. We have been researching and learning so much! A book in the Bible that used to cause me so much grief is quickly turning in to one of my favorites.

My friend and I started a Women’s Ministry called Chosen Women’s Ministry of KS. We are so excited for what God has in store for the women and high school girls in our community. Here is a link to the Facebook page if you are interested in checking it out.

Jesus, I am praying for more of you and less of me in my every day life.


Brogan is a guy on a mission in this pic. Their school clearly needs to clean and paint the walls. Wowsa!
Brody during warm ups.
Kinsley cheering during a high school game.

She’s Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

This girl is my whole heart. She is literally sunshine. She is one of the most joyful people that I have ever been around. This girl is full of life. She does not fit in with the status quo. She was never made to fit in. Jesus has plans for this girl. I get the honor of being her mama!

She’s got a heart of gold. She loves without ceasing. She makes my heart full and happy.

She is growing into a beautiful young woman- both inside and out. She has some amazing roots and we are now headed into the unchartered waters of allowing her to spread her wings. As a self-professed helicopter mom, I am struggling!

I mean, I basically realized at the beginning of December that we have basically one more and then she is off to college and off to experience life. Brace yourself mamas your heart is about to fall into shambles. I pretty much shut down. Not my best moment. Nothing prepares us for this new stage of life that we are about to embark on.

I am learning how to navigate this new chapter. It is not easy but our relationship is constantly changing and growing into something amazing. I would certainly not turn down any helpful tricks on this issue.

I am praising God for the opportunity to love this girl while she is on loan to me.

Stay tuned on a pretty exciting project we are working on together. Until then, Kinsley- you are my saving grace!

This song hits my heart! Take a listen.


I feel like there are days where I struggle to meet the needs to being a full time working mom, a wife, a cook, the doer of the laundry and a gal who attends her Bible studies. There is a constant pull to be here, to do that and to meet all the needs. I have worked hard to schedule my time more wisely. To find that proverbial work/ life balance. I even hired a life coach to help me with that and let me tell you, she is amazing! I am not the type to ever ask for help. I like to handle everything on my own and if I am asking for help then the walls are about to burn down. As you can see seeking help was a pretty big deal for me. I am so grateful that I did. I feel like I lost 50 pounds off my shoulders and I am taking control of my time and what gets my energy. It’s all about balance. Some days are much better than others but I am seeing progress and that is the goal here.

Get Your Copy

You guys, it happened! I am beyond thrilled to announce my book is out there for purchase! I am blown away by the love and support for this endeavor. I found the process of writing this book really healing. My path to Jesus is anything but a straight line but my detours and backtracking make me who I am.

Below are links to where you can find the book! Please feel free to share with anyone who would find this book a good read.

Here is a brief synopsis of the book.

Do you catch yourself falling victim to the perfection trap? Me too girl, me too! Let’s dive in and see how conforming to the world has distorted our reality. Time to press into God’s truth and see for yourself.

I wrote this book to share my imperfections with other women. To remind them that Pinterest is not reality and that burning breakfast, forgetting practices, and pulling into school on two wheels are examples of everyday, real life. I want to share my reality with other women to give them hope and encouragement that even though we may not have it all together, we have a God that is faithful and so good. He knows of our faults and loves us right where we are. I know for a fact, that I am a mess most days, but every day, I am still the daughter of the one true King. I am simply an imperfect woman who needs less of me and more of Jesus every day. I am also okay with my imperfections because I know that through my God, I am perfectly and wonderfully made.…/the…/1140453567

Book Release Day

Thank you, Jesus! I am so excited to be able to share my heart story with other women. This book is about not being perfect, not being ashamed of your past- but also, no longer living there. This book is about a gal who ran hard and fast from Jesus and at times was so broken that she blamed God. This girl has become a woman who is desperately seeking Jesus in her every day life. I am real, raw and honest. I am beyond words grateful that I am about to share my heart with others.

Join me today in praying that this book will allow at least one woman to grow in her relationship with Christ. That one woman chooses to have a relationship with Jesus. That one woman finds hope that Jesus does not only call these perfectly put together Pinterest-worthy women, He calls you and I in our daily messes- you know, scraping the charred cinnamon rolls with a cheese grater and all.

Please enjoy and share with any mama, daughter, sister, grandma, friend- basically any gal who needs to know Jesus is for her and that she is never too far gone from the love of the Father. Enjoy sweet friends.

Below are some links where you can get more information.…/the…/1140453567


My words for 2022 are surrender and rest. I choose words and verses for the New Year because I have continuously failed at New Year’s resolutions. I want to grow closer to God and in doing so the rest will fall into place. My verse for surrender is John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Simply put, more of Jesus, less of Tara. My other word is rest and the verse I chose is from Matthew 11:28, ” Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I want to do a better job of resting at the feet of Jesus instead of constantly finding something to keep me busy. See, I struggle with finding quite time with Jesus. I allow myself to be distracted by my phone and the notification ding of my watch. In 2022, I am doing a better job of having purposeful time with Jesus and finding rest at His feet. I want to learn to be completely dependent on Jesus. This is hard for this control freak personality, but I want more Jesus and less me.

What are your words/ scripture for 2022? I am ready to press in this year.

I LOVE this song on Surrender.


I used to stupidly think that saying I am sorry was a sign of weakness. I was full of pride. I literally struggled with saying I was sorry. I never wanted to admit that I was wrong and saying I am sorry meant that I was wrong. My poor husband had to deal with me and my immature princess mentality. 

Then God.

Oh, thank heaven that God stepped in and humbled this former princess to her core. I was in serious need of a reality check. I expected others to forgive me but was super slow to extend forgiveness to others.

But then God.

We finally got our act together and started attending church. We found some amazing friends who have become more like family that are life-giving and truth-telling. We have sat around tables and had some really deep and meaningful discussions. These friends have helped me learn a sign of a truly healthy believer is someone who quickly flows forgiveness to others.

For a long time, I spent time in a rut of unforgiveness. I did not think that I was worthy of forgiveness. I spent my time wallowing in a pit of thinking I was undeserving of forgiveness. I wasted time thinking I could not be forgiven for my sins. I had drifted too far for too long to be welcomed back, let alone forgiven. Whether or not I deserved forgiveness was never my choice to make. Forgiveness can never be truly achieved until we first forgive ourselves. God’s love is beyond words. He forgives without batting an eye. As humans, we feel like we need to justify everything. The truth is, we should allow forgiveness to be a constant flow. I am not saying you should be a doormat, not at all. I am simply saying that we need let forgiveness flow so we can reach a new deeper relationship with God. Unresolved unforgiveness is a setback and a heavy burden that we were never meant to bare.

The Bible is clear on forgiveness. We see in Ephesians, Mark, 1 John, Matthew and numerous other books in the Bible where we are told to forgive so your sins may be forgiven. Forgiveness is not easy. It is humbling. But it is commanded throughout scripture.

Psalm 103:10-14 states, “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” God tells us through this passage that His love for us surpasses all understanding. He is compassionate. He has a great love for those who fear Him. You guys, He will meet you when you are the in peaks and He will be present during the valleys. Here’s a thought… God is saying to you about your past, “you no longer live at this address, why are you still receiving mail where you no longer live?”  We all have a past and it is just that a past. But when you use your past and turn it to a testimony, oh man, that is when forgiveness begins to flow. That is when that gal who was barely hanging on came to know Jesus because YOUR story was so similar to hers or had such an impact on her heart. Your past could be the key to changing someone’s future in coming Jesus.

Do we really deserve forgiveness?  Here’s the simple truth, it is not our choice to make as to who is deemed as forgivable. We are trying to step into God’s shoes and pass out who is deserving of forgiveness. He is completely in charge in this area. So, it would be a wise to allow God to handle his affairs without our input.

I constantly found myself struggling to forgive others. Once, I “changed addresses” and forgave myself that is when I was finally able to begin the process of forgiving others. Forgiveness has been a process. It has not always been easy and there are some hurts that are hard to move past. I get it. I have housed some hurts for a long time. I became resentful and angry. This resentfulness and anger always kept me at bay. I could never really find true joy because of harboring anger and resentment. This stole my time and energy. Forgiveness is a decision. We need to decide to let go and move on. The struggles with forgiveness are typically related to someone taking an offense to a certain situation as to what someone said or did. This can wreak havoc if you let the offense settle and take up residency within the walls of your home. We need to change the course and not let an offense be fed and occupy any additional space. This is why forgiveness is so powerful. We need to take a little lesson from our friends Elsa and Anna and we just need to “Let it go.”

Forgiveness is something that I will be focusing on and working on in 2022. I am going to really work hard on letting things go and not allowing a simple offense take up residency in my heart. Let’s focus on healing and forgiving ourselves so we can in turn forgive others and grow in our relationship with Jesus.  We have an amazing opportunity as believers for the promises of a New Year. There is so much freedom in forgiveness. Let’s use 2022 to speak life into ourselves and each other.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song.

Book Release January 10, 2022

Never in a million years did I ever think I would be a Christian author or blogging away about my crazy, messy and beautiful life chasing Jesus. Nope. I probably would have told you that you have got the wrong person. BUT THEN GOD. God wrecked my plans. He used my story for His glory and I could not be more grateful! The count down to releasing my first book (on my nephew, Brad Barrett’s birthday) is just days away! God has placed so many wonderful people in my path. As we wrap up 2021, I am searching for my scripture for 2022 and my word to focus on. I am pressing in this year. I am going deeper. I am going to the encourager. I am going to take the time to see the every day miracles that I have failed to stop and truly see in 2021. My 2022 will be centered and focused around and on My Jesus.