Shelley’s Story

Landscape Journeys My parents traveled overseas after my dad's Army career with me in tow - I suppose visions of the lands of Asia Minor & Macedonia are lodged in my brain somewhere!

Landscape Journeys
My parents traveled overseas after my dad’s Army career with me in tow – I suppose visions of the lands of Asia Minor & Macedonia are lodged in my brain somewhere!

 

Gardening Influence Every visit to my Great-Grammy Neel's home in Fresno, CA began with a tour of her garden, greeted by her big smile, heaps of love and a fresh flower tucked in her

Gardening Influence
Every visit to my Great-Grammy Neel’s home in Fresno, CA began with a tour of her garden, greeted by her big smile, heaps of love and a fresh flower tucked in her hair.

Cooking Influence My mom loves to cook and garden-fresh ingredients magnify her joy! I remember once she came home from the Berkeley Bowl with a big bunch of basil and thrust it to my nose—her sheer excitement over the scent and its possibilities for our dinner’s delight has infused me for life. I am always happy to add herbs to everything. Every recipe for our website passes on her joy.

Cooking Influence
My mom loves to cook and garden-fresh ingredients magnify her joy! I remember once she came home from the Berkeley Bowl with a big bunch of basil and thrust it to my nose—her sheer excitement over the scent and its possibilities for our dinner’s delight has infused me for life. I am always happy to add herbs to everything. Every recipe for our website passes on her joy.

Our family settled in Northern California, a Mediterranean-type climate….

Our family settled in Northern California, a Mediterranean-type climate….

 

….with occasional adventures to the wilderness of Nevada.

….with occasional adventures to the wilderness of Nevada.

 

A day playing in the dirt with my brother Rex. Some moments seem to imprint us forever - the free abandon my parents gave us to play and have fun molding the soil has forever removed my fears of mud…

A day playing in the dirt with my brother Rex. Some moments seem to imprint us forever – the free abandon my parents gave us to play and have fun molding the soil has forever removed my fears of mud…

 

….which was a good thing since I would someday have an increase of boys!

….which was a good thing since I would someday have an increase of boys!

 

My first job, J.Miller Flowers in Oakland, CA

My first job
J.Miller Flowers in Oakland, CA

I loved working with the flowers and had no idea I would someday write about them!

 

 

Married to Topher July 6, 1991

Married to Topher July 6, 1991…

& Moved to Texas He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. 2 Samuel 22:20 NIV

… and Moved to Texas!

He brought me out into a spacious place;

he rescued me because he delighted in me.

2 Samuel 22:20 NIV

 

Our Family Grows

Our Family Grew…

 

Our Garden Grows

…Our Garden Grew…

 

Zondervan Offices, Grand Rapids, MI All Leading to a Book Contract. Who Knew??

Zondervan Offices, Grand Rapids, MI
…All Leading to a Book Contract. Who Knew??

With God All Things Are Possible

Matthew 19:26 NIV

 

footbal mom and girls

And this is not the end of this is not the end of the journey, but only the beginning!

 

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