Meet Hayley

Two people call me daughter, four women call me sister, a few others call me “sister-friend”, and God calls me Beloved.

I call myself writer, wonderer, and worshipper.

I have been blogging sporadically since 2007, when my family moved cross-country and started a private website to update our loved ones. Since then, I have deleted several personal blogs and been a writer for a Christian ministry. This website is my attempt at literary commitment.

Books have been my gateway to the world, ever since my parents had to hide the newspaper from my ravenous pre-K voracity for information. But my bookshelf is merely the beginning of my curiosity. I love to explore new places, whether hiking alone in the woods or wandering through cities with a friend. I find joy in wondering over the glimpses of God’s glory found in new foods, thoughtful music, and deep conversations.

I am a single woman born and raised in Michigan, but sojourning in Missouri with my crazy, wonderful family: Mom, Dad, three younger sisters, three cats, and three dogs (plus two of the neighbors’ that think they live here). I am a homeschool alumnus, and I graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance. I have been a “chicken-flipper”, library worker, tutor, retail worker, teacher, curriculum writer, and collaborative pianist. On Sundays and everyday, I am a covenant member at a small family-integrated, reformed Baptist church surrounded by cow-fields.

Although many adjectives could be used to describe me, my primary identity is a follower of Jesus Christ. I grew up in a Christian home with an awareness of (but not a relationship with) God. For several years, I ran from grace, but I was captured by the Holy Spirit and converted by the truth of the gospel in 2013. That moment beautifully wrecked my life. Since then, I have leaped from working full-time as a musician to raising support to work full-time in women’s ministry. My life’s mission is to make Jesus known by loving Him and loving people. I write as an outflow of that goal.

A Note on Comments

     To combat a tendency to find my worth in feedback, I have turned off comments on this site. If you would like to comment or ask questions on anything you read here, feel free to drop me a line below. I look forward to hearing from you!