The “Official” Bio

 Michelle wants to help you connect the dots between faith, creativity, and everyday life and discover the joy of finding God in the most unexpected places. Years ago, she left her career as a registered nurse to raise her family, and along the way, she discovered her true passion for writing, speaking, and singing. 

Along that path of discovery, she tried many side ventures, including: a wedding coordinator, rubber stamp demonstrator, custom painter and decorator, craft instructor, craft seller, and web designer. Pile on her hobbies as a quilter, scrapbooker, and avid reader, and that’s a lot of dots to connect! For the sake of sanity, she has exchanged most of those roles for the thrill of putting words on paper.

She enjoys repurposing thrift sale finds into fun decorations for her home and garden, mostly because the before and after reminds her of how life goes sometimes. It’s in the beauty of restoration and renewal in the midst of disappointing circumstances that she’s discovered the most joy in her own life.

Michelle has written many articles for publication, and The Repurposed and Upcycled Life is her first book. Her writing has appeared in the Christian CommunicatorFocus on the Family, Chicken Soup for the Soul, VistaQueen of the Castle Magazine, and more. She has also written several Bible studies for ChristianBibleStudies.com.

Michelle has been married to her high school sweetheart, Phil, for 28 years and they have two grown sons. 

The Rest of the Story

 Michelle lives in an unusual home that was formerly a little country church with a parsonage attached. The church half of it is a hundred years old, and the rest is gradually coming out of the dreadful 50s and 70s decor with ongoing updates and renovation. She loves trash-to-treasure decorating and has filled her home with creative makeovers of “junk.”

 As a mom of two boys, Michelle’s hidden motive as a speaker for women’s events is the welcome escape from the testosterone zone to get a good dose of estrogen and female companionship.

Random Facts: 

  • Michelle once contributed to the family food supply by shooting a 6-point buck during rifle season.
  • As an avid reader, it isn’t unusual for her to read two books a week, mostly read by flashlight in bed during the wee hours of the morning.
  • She gave birth to her two sons on the same day within eleven minutes of the same time of day, but they aren’t twins. How? They were born two years apart.
  • When her boys were small, Michelle spent some evenings in her woodworking shop in the basement while her husband watched the boys. The “solitude” of the router, table saw, and hammer were a welcome break after a long day with youngsters.
  • Michelle enjoys watching the Packers on Sunday afternoons. In fact, she’s  more likely to be found cheering at the TV screen than her guys are.
  • Despite how much she may sound like a tomboy, she’s really quite girly. Hates bugs, avoids the outdoors, and can’t remember how to change a tire.