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I’m so glad you’re here. And by “here,” I mean two things.

First, I’m glad you’re here – in my little corner of the interwebs. I have a pot of coffee, a kettle of hot water on the stove for tea or my mother’s legendary hot cocoa mix, and a beautiful set of teacups from my niece. Please make yourself at home. This site exists, not simply because I want you to read my words (though I do), but because I want you to have a safe place to belong, to find hope, to be inspired, to dream bigger dreams than you did yesterday, and because I want you to help me create that same atmosphere for others who stumble onto this page. When you read my words, I want you to feel as though you are right here beside me in my kitchen, drinking the warm beverage of your choice from a hand-painted, fragile teacup, with a long-lost friend. When you read my words, I want you to feel free to respond, to comment, to question, to offer suggestions. This site is here for you. I am here for you.

Second, and far more important, I’m so glad you’re here – in this world, living your life, facing your challenges, dreaming your dreams. It may sound a bit cliché (except that it’s truth), but you are the only you – not only in your city or nation or even living today, but you are the only you in the entire course of mankind, the only you that has ever been and the only you that ever will be. That should speak wonder and humility to your soul. You are absolutely irreplaceable. You are absolutely unique. You are absolutely here, in your body, in your life, in this world, during this time for a reason. What will you do with that knowledge?

And that’s really what my writing is about. I don’t put words together just to entertain an audience or make a pretty rhyme (I’m really not even that good at rhyming, to be honest). I put words together as a challenge, both to myself and anyone who reads them, to become who we are meant to be, to become the best we can be, to find those things that are worth living for and to chase after them with all of our hearts, to find our identity in the love of a Savior who knows us so intimately and so truly that He already sees the men and women we are becoming and He rejoices in each step we take in that process.

If you don’t know this Savior, please contact me via email – you can reach me at barefootedsemmie[at]gmail[dot]com – or using the form on the contact page. I would love nothing more than to tell you of His love for you.

In the meantime, poke around. Read some things. Leave some comments. Share the site with your friends. Let me know you are here.

From the shores of Wicket Lake,