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First, you have to imagine my accent, thick Alabama and Tennessee sorghum accent peppered with pine. Second, you need to know that under-eye makeup is a glorious gift from the Creator of the universe. Even the bags under the eyes of my heart are fairly dark. I have four sons. This is hilarious to me; and, yes, this means the fire department has been in my yard and a pellet gun did shoot out a stranger’s truck window.

I live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and I am still in love with my guitar-playing husband, Seth Haines, of 15 years years. He is my best friend, the best attorney in Arkansas, and my favorite author (Coming Clean (Oct 2015)). Sometimes he embarrasses the stew out of me, but it’s worth it for how hilarious he is. We write each other Marriage Letters once a month, like staking a claim, and we would love for you to join us in that.

Oddly combined outfits, arranged flowers in mason jars on the counter, and Saturday mornings at the market square where mandolins play keep a spark going inside me. I like being regular and pronounce it “regler.” If I can get to the keyboard quickly enough, I’ll write out of the holy, terrible, and fantastic regular. I love mustard on my sausage biscuits. I like a little house and a big yard. I whirl from child to sink to garden to spill, but I love to steep in different cultures and countries, too. I love to travel.

Most of all, I love to write. I never questioned what I would grow up to be.

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I wrote a whole entire book (a memoir) called Wild in the Hollow so everybody and their Grandmas can read about how messed up I have been. Redemption is a powerful thing for those us who are messed up. It’s all out in the open now, so go on and read it.

Here online, I write about mothering boys and keeping faith from the perspective of a Christian woman who’s had an abortion and an affair. I love to tell a story, to speak and write about the church and the power of weakness and forgiveness

I have this blog, the RunaMuck, because I want to encourage you in your creative endeavor and spiritual giftings, in your pursuit of the Kingdom of God, and in your weakness. If you have a broken heart, I want it to be said of me that I bound you up. I believe the people of Christ’s church are to be agents of healing and reconciliation. It was brokenness that taught me so, and I’m still learning.

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I am still in love with my guitar-playing husband, Seth Haines, of 15 years years. He is my best friend, the best attorney in Arkansas, and my favorite author (Coming Clean (Oct 2015)). Sometimes he embarrasses the stew out of me, but it’s worth it for how hilarious he is. We write each other Marriage Letters once a month, like staking a claim, and we would love for you to join us in that.

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