Meet Elizabeth Anne

I’m Elizabeth Anne. {And, I’ll let you in on a secret — I’m pretty fond of that extra “e,” just like my childhood heroine, Anne of Green Gables.} My family calls me Beth and you can too, if you’d like. In fact, I answer to Elizabeth, Beth, even the occasional Liz.

I grew up on a small farm and still pride myself on skills like toad-handling and wildflower identification. They come in handy now that I’m married with three kids, living in a wooded suburb complete with a creek, where we spend lots of time chasing minnows and crawdads.

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creek

{Here’s a picture of my parents’ big red barn on the farm where I grew up, and the creek in our Pennsylvania backyard.}

I’m convinced all desserts should involve chocolate, and love to tell my dinner guests their food’s pedigree. I’m passionate about buying local and supporting small farms. In fact, I’m a host site for a local foods delivery service – each Wednesday you can find boxes of fresh fruit and produce and coolers of local milk, eggs, cheese, and meat on my front porch.

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{My parents own a small berry farm in Ohio, and this is our family’s sweet English Springer Spaniel, a puppy mill rescue.}

I have to admit, I’m a tomboy at heart; I typically can’t be bothered with hair products or much makeup, though I firmly believe a girl can never have too much jewelry. When I’m not writing, kid wrangling, or doing dishes, you might find me curled up on the couch, or sitting on my deck — depending on the season — with a strong cup of coffee and a good book.

A recovering perfectionist, I’ve sought God as long as I can remember, but didn’t let Him truly work in my life until I learned how to transfer my faith from my head to my heart

I wish we could have this conversation out on my deck with a cool drink {because, as I write this, it’s June … but I’d happily share a coffee with you come fall}. I imagine we’d eventually end up in the back yard, walking and talking. I’d show you my husband’s tidy vegetable gardens and a few of my flowers. We’d lean over the chain link fence and consider the way the sunlight dapples the creek below. We might talk kids or crafts or cooking.

And, we might share our challenges — the ways we seek to live God-worthy lives, how we’re embracing the present, focusing on blessings –making the choice to be fully present in our lives and with our families.

But, since we can’t do that, I’ll invite you here. Here, I’ll share my heart and write somewhat randomly on food or flowers or running or rheumatologists —  whatever moves me most in the season I’m in.

I love to hear where your struggles and joys lie, and, simply, what’s new with you. Each and every comment lifts my heart {even though I can’t always respond to them all}, and I love to get your notes {which I always respond to}. 

Curious to know more? You can check out my list of  25 random things about me or my professional bio.