I believe that following Jesus is the most incredible way to live a life of adventure, beauty, and purpose. And I’m pretty sure we’ve got to shed the weight of expectations and step out of the boxes others (or maybe even we) have built around us, in order to start this journey.

If you’re ready to lighten your load and lean into the unique gifts God gave you and the calling God has for you, then this is the place for you. There’s a load of encouragement, challenge, and support here.

If you aren’t sure what the adventure of following Jesus might look like, but you’re thinking this might be the time to give it a try, welcome!

And honestly, if all you’re hoping for is a funny kid story from time-to-time, a bit of parenting advice, or a link to a favorite new recipe, stick around ‘cuz you never know where this adventure might take us!


Gemmer Family 2015

My name is Deanna and it is so nice to meet you.


After getting a college degree in Public Administration, working several years as a Children’s Pastor (technically my title was “Children’s Ministry Director” but that’s another story for another day), and even more as a full-time mama to adorable and exhausting kiddos, I’ve now become a writer, leader, speaker and seminary student.


I am passionate about challenging others to take big bold leaps of faith, do hard things, and believe that God is here in the thick of the everyday joys and challenges. I am passionate about helping YOU live this way, because this has been THE ONLY way for me, and it has led to some incredible wonder-filled, faith-growing, heart-opening adventures along the way. And I know in my heart-of-hearts that when a woman is unleashed with her unique, God-given gifts and passions, the world changes for the better and God’s kingdom is made manifest in the here and now.


I met my husband Darin at camp where we both served as counselors, and we have been serving God and God’s kingdom through camping ministry most of our lives together. We have two inquisitive and insightful daughters: Daisy and Dani. (Yes, in case you haven’t caught on, we ARE that family with all “D” names.) When our youngest was two we pursued God’s call into foster care and for four years experienced the heartbreak and joy that comes when you love someone else’s child temporarily.


In addition to writing, speaking, schooling, and mom-ing, I serve as the coordinator for a ministry to teen moms called Teen MOPS. I lead an incredible team of women committed to loving, encouraging, and seeing these beautiful and hard-working young mothers. Did you know that when you really look you can almost see the face of Jesus in someone else? Turns out I just can’t get enough of his face.


A few more things I believe:

  • that Jesus is just the best
  • that God’s mercy sustains our world
  • that we should always chose faith over fear
  • that erring on the side of love is always the way
  • that a good story is worth its weight in gold (or Starbucks gold cards)
  • that the best kinds of friends are the ones you can be authentic with
  • that God loves me, and God loves you too
  • the the Lord requires this: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God


Welcome to my little corner of the internet, I hope you find encouragement here.