Hi, I’m Jody, a California transplant in love with Seattle–rain & sunshine both–even after 25 years. Coffee makes me happy, walking makes me happier, and writing makes me happiest. Back in the day (read–in print), my essays were published in our city’s newspaper. More recently my words have been on the web at (in)courage, Makes You Mom, The High Calling, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Grace Table, Barren Magazine and Altarwork.
My training and background is in education, but the words have always been there as I pour them out in verses for my King. Psalm 45 verse 1 is engraved pretty much on my heart.
A few more details, written in third person, clearly the most awkward way to write:
Jody has known Jesus since she was 19 and got dragged to Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California, back in the 70’s during the Jesus Movement. She wrote a poem about it here.
She and her husband have been married over 40 years and currently live near Seattle, their home for 25 years. (They miss California only a little; they miss Yosemite a LOT.) Jody and her husband worship at this Foursquare Church, where she serves on the Worship Team and in Children’s Ministry. In addition to vocals, she’s recently learned how to play the Peruvian cajon–a ‘beat box’ kind of drum–the most.fun.ever.
After 25 years in Elementary Education, Jody is officially retired (at least from teaching). As often as possible, she hops on the freeway to visit her two married children and 5 grandkids, who thankfully all live no more than 3 hours away. When she’s not at her desk reading and writing, you’ll find her out in the garden, weeding and worshiping in her other happy place.