About Dana

When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan. For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

I am a wife and mother…but above all else, I am a follower of Christ.  When this blog first started, I was searching desperately for Him and what my calling was.  What was my purpose on this earth?  I dug deeper and deeper into the Bible and made some major changes in my relationship with Christ…mainly, getting off of the spiritual couch and taking an active role in the relationship.  I wanted to hear Him and I wanted to experience Him.  I sit every day and read my Bible and spend time in communication with Him.

And in my desperate search, I found Him.

I realized that He has used me in many different capacities throughout my life.  But, for this season of my life, He has called my husband and I to foster children.  If that leads to adoption, all the better.  But for right now, we are foster parents to 3 young siblings.  Christ told us to go…and we went.  Christ told us to love…so we love.  We are creating warriors.

But, I warn you now, not all blogs are going to make sense.  My mind races a million miles a minute, and yet doesn’t move at all.  So some will just be thoughts on a page to come back to later and evaluate and mull over.   This is the mystery of me.

I am very happily married to my partner-in-crime for 20 years:

Double black belt in 2 different styles of karate (2nd degree in 1), former kickboxer, former boxer, amazing Dad, complete man of God

And together, we created our 3 eggs: Egg #1

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Egg #2

And the Princess Egg, #3


And God blessed us incredibly with our sibling group of 3 through foster care.  We happily adopted all 3 March 1, 2013!

“Lizzie” (she picked her own new name)

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“Batman” (we let him pick his name too…we didn’t use his choice. LOL)

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And the youngest, “Baby Boy”

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The Story of the Foster children:  https://momof3darlings.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/gods-sense-of-humor-2/

The Story of our Calling to foster:  https://momof3darlings.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/ok-heres-the-miracle-post/

And continues here:  https://momof3darlings.wordpress.com/2010/09/29/part-2-of-the-miracle-post/

I am a proud (former) breastfeeder, photographer, Youth Sunday school teacher, pro-life supporter, God-follower, happy church-goer, reality tv junkie, Bible reader, car singer…..

16 thoughts on “About Dana”

  1. Hi Dana!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog…and for commenting 🙂

    Love your site…I envy anyone who is great with a camera….not my forte….BUT I am a ham in front of one! LOL!

    I will drop by again!

  2. You did an awesome job on their pictures!

    I was going to email you but can’t find an email address on here. Email me and I wanted to invite you to something here locally. But, I’m not sure if you work during the day or not?!?

  3. Hey- happened on your site thru the I heart faces site. With the word “grace” in your title, thought maybe you were Christian & checked out your blog. I love photography, but am a single missionary in Ukraine. Not sure where you’re from, but I enjoy reading your blog. Sorry about your friend- but your expression of the senselessness of the loss & encouragement for hope was spot-on. May be back to check your blog. – so many blogs, so little time! 🙂 God bless.

  4. You’re children are gorgeous and you’re obviously talented –pursue that passion for photography!

    Best wishes …

  5. Hi DANA!! Lovely name, I must add..

    Found you from Zach Arias’ page and I loved your comment regarding that video he posted this morning with Derrick! What a treat that was. I just wanted to say and introduce myself a little..

    My name is Dana, too, and I’m (still at 15 months) a proud breastfeeder, photographer, pro-life supporter, God-follower, happy church-goer, and Bible reader as well! Don’t care for reality TV and definitely no songs ever come from this mouth.. hehe But alot of commonality there, I’d say! 🙂

    Look me up on FB if you’re on there. Would love to get to know you better! Dana

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  7. i think you’re better with your camera than you think! Great job!

  8. God has blessed you with an eye for photography. You do such an amazing job using His blessing! 🙂 I love photography, and plan on going to DMACC’s (in IA) Photography Program. Still learning. God bless!

  9. God sure blessed you with a beautiful family…you photos are fantastic. May God continue to bless you and be safe on your trip to Mexico! said a little prayer for you and those with you…have a happy 4th of July!

  10. Hey Dana,

    Just found you today from I HEART FACES. Love your bio and your family is beautiful!

    Loved this statement from above “I’m just a wife and mom trying to “get it” and make sense of everything, trudging through life trying to figure out that higher calling. I believe in Christ Almighty and know He’s the only way for my salvation and I thank Him daily for it. I am trying to do better and BE better, to be closer to what He wants me to be: which is just like Him. I’M TIRED OF MEDIOCRITY” and can totally relate!

    Wishing you the blessings of God and much success on your journey!
    Charisse Rhodes

  11. just found your blog through IHEARTFACES and loved the pictures of Worship. I can completely understand where you are going with taking these shots. And I am a big fan of Black and White. Hope to come back and talk more.
    Have a Blessed Day


  12. Ok so I already commented on your blog about the book 50 Shades of Grey, which is how I found you, but wanted to let you know I hope you don’t mind…I shared a link to that on my Facebook wall. I read your “about dana” page and we have a lot in common as well and I am currently in an area of my walk with God where I am trying to be still and listen to the Lord because sometimes I wonder if I am doing all that I can right now, or if He has more for me. I am only 26 and have 3 kids, been married for almost 9 years to a military man and I love my life. I also am a small business owner of http://www.teerifictots.com and http://www.salutesnsandals.com. Just at the point (agreeing with a lady’s comment above) where I am tired of being satisfied and I am thirsting for a deeper more intimate relationship with the Lord and trying to stay in the Word more. I am on FB if you ever want to add me, would love to read what you have to say! : ) Meghan

  13. Hi Dana

    My name is Jolie from Bristol in England. I’m a mum of two girls aged 3 and 1 and a follower of Jesus. I just searched online today on the subject of Christian view on the 50 shades books and it lead me to your blog. I am completely in agreement with you on this subject. It scares me how many of my friends have read this series and the widespread acceptance of this material in the mainstream. Im so happy that your article mirrors my thoughts and I’m so inspired to be able to share this with my friends. Thank you and may the Lord continue to bless you and your family.


  14. Syd Brewer said:

    Hi Dana,
    My names is Syd Brewer in Tennessee, USA. Like Jolie, I too searched on line the Christian review on 50 Shades of Grey and it lead me to your blog. In fact, it was the first site that came up. I admire you for taking the Bible to defend your reasoning for not reading this book. Your thoughts also mirror mine and I too will be sharing your thoughts with my friends. May our loving and gracious Savior pour out His many blessings on you as you stand for His Holiness. For God be the glory

  15. 3 words: PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!

  16. Hi Dana
    I was nominated today for a “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award?” I was asked to nominate seven bloggers myself, create a post or page, and include a link back to the blog of the person who nominated me. I have done as requested, and I am now nominating you. If you are inclined to take part you can follow this link to the page I created with my responses and all the information you will need. If you don’t want to take part…no worries. God bless. Kim

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