Hi, I’m Leanne

IMG_9684 Hi, I’m Leanne and I’m pretty giddy that you stopped by just now.  Let me fix you a warm mug of something wonderful while you pull up a chair.

So by now you’ve likely realized that I’m the mother of two small children: a 2 year old son and a 4 year old daughter.  They’re the ones that almost knocked you over at the door, the ones who keep trying to show you your their favorite toys.  They like you, I suspect they have good taste.  

Our family recently moved back home to West Michigan after spending 5 years in a small town called Ada in Oklahoma.  We liked it there, but the Grand Rapids area is home.  We love the lake, berry picking, snow and all the things that make Michigan awesome.

Life is somewhat sunny right now, but the journey to this place of peace wasn’t an easy one.  I come from a family of five and in the past few years my sister was involved in a car-train accident and both my parents passed away.

I do a lot of writing about grief and brokenness, but mostly grace and hope…. always hope.  That’s why there’s a lantern up top, it’s a picture of God’s love in my life.  Not glaring, but softly sustaining and illuminating my shaky heart.

These days I’m using that lantern to light my way back to fully trusting the God who provides the only light I’ve ever found.  I’m learning what it looks like to mean it when you say that “God is good.”

I’m fully alive when I’m creating: In my Kitchen, with yarn, with fabric and with words, mostly with words.  I think that’s my primary calling, to create and weave stories.  

I’m not patient and many days I doubt myself, but oh how God is shaping me through this journey, this family and right here in this little corner of the internet where you and I get to hang out.

I hope you stick around, I want to hear your side of this conversation as we dialogue about life, love, pain, joy and family… and probably coffee, I love coffee.

So welcome and thank you for bringing your light here today.

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  • http://byamandaleigh.com byamandaleigh

    Hey Leanne, I truly love your blog and constantly wait for more. And your Tweets always fill that void :) So I wanted to also tell you that I’ve nominated you for the Readers Appreciation Award!!!


    Spread the Love!!

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Amanda, thank you so much for your beautiful words and for the nomination :)

  • http://none deb koetje

    Leanne,just read your article in the banner and totally agree! Then went to your web! You and I think the same! I know that I will visit your web,alot! I grew up in Hudsonville&and have a daughter whose husband is a pastor.Alot,in common,and at 52 have had my share of pains also,but again like you,CHOOSE joy! Keep the writings coming,you have a gift!

    • http://leannepenny.wordpress.com leannepenny

      Thank you so much for connecting and sharing with me here, nice to meet you and I’m so delighted you’re choosing joy!

  • http://glacierbuttercup.wordpress.com agrajag

    I guess this space is as good as any to introduce myself.

    Hi, I’m Eivind. I’m Norwegian, 37 year old and married to Silvia. We’ve got 3 children, and live in Stavanger on the south-west coast of Norway.

    I’ve seen darkness aplenty in my life, and I wake up every day amazed at the sunshine that surrounds me these days, things are so embarassingly good that I feel uncomfortable even mentioning specifics.

    My world is different from yours, probably very much so. Yet, I’m fond of having friends who are different from myself. I’m a hacker, a socialist and an atheist, yet my closest friends include a muslim from Tunisia, a prostitute from South-Africa and a Iranian ph.d of classical painting.

    I firmly believe that despite all differences, in the end we’re all human, and we can all learn something from eachother. I think you’re AWESOME, and I think you’re BRAVE and admirable, for putting words to emotions that are so often kept bottled up.

    I don’t even know you, on a personal level, yet I’m comfortable calling you a friend. I’ve read a lot of blogs. Yours, is impressive. Thank you !

  • http://rebootingworship.com/ Jamie Kocur

    I liked you before, but knowing you love coffee makes me absolutely adore you.

  • Molly Huggins

    Hey so I just found your blog. Love it. Someone described it as writing about grief, grace, loss, and hope. Which are the EXACT words I use to describe mine. Different kinds of loss, but the same Healer. So-can’t wait to read more. {my story is here, http://www.allthegracebetween.com/our-story/}.

    Mrs. H.

  • Lindsay

    I stumbled upon your blog from a friends post on Facebook. I am 30 with a 3 year old at home. We lost my husband, Tristan’s Daddy, to cancer in Jan. We are forgin our way through the holidays now. It’s been incrediby hard. You’re blog has already helped restore hope and peace. Grateful I am not alone. Grateful for your vulnerability, realness, and writing!

  • Andrea Frazer

    I just wrote you! Check your email!

  • Laura Loewen

    Hey Leanne! Discovered you through She Reads Truth. I’m also a pastors wife in Michigan – Boyne City. :) We have three littles – 1, 3, and 4. God has given you the gift of words, that’s for sure! I love connecting with either like-minded women who love Jesus. I write my thoughts over at http://lifeasaloewen.com. Have a great day, and I hope your pregnancy is one of health and joy.