Hi! I’m Briana.
I blog because I like to write, reflect, and think. I blog like an open journal, mostly for myself, but I think it’s pretty cool when others follow along and connect. I blogged for over ten years at Shine From the Inside. I shared recipes and home updates and used my limited html knowledge (thanks, Myspace) to make it pretty – – – I generally ran a lifestyle blog before that was cool. But honestly, for me, it’s never been about clicks and comments… Blogging helps me chronicle God’s hand in my life, and I think it’s important to share those realizations with others.
First, I’m a wife.
I’ve been married for over a decade to my handsome husband Jake, and we’ve been together for 15 years. We met at church as teenagers and have been head-over-heels ever since. He is quite literally perfect and spoils me and treats me like a queen. He’s more than I deserve. Our marriage is the greatest gift next to salvation itself.
Secondly, I am a mom.
I have a big-hearted, goofball daughter, Makinzy, who is a now a *~teenager~* and keeps me laughing until my belly hurts… and sometimes she makes me pull my hair out. We adopted her at age seven, and what a crazy-amazing blessing it was. That story is long and complicated, but God’s fingerprints are all over it.
I come highly experienced in grief.
I experienced six miscarriages (one prior to Mak’s adoption, five after) and lost my beautiful daughter Mira (who we adopted at birth) at five months old to a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Her life changed mine. I write a lot about the intersections of motherhood, faith, and loss.
We have adopted for the third time – our perfect little boy, Finley. He is a gift. He is what you might call a “rainbow baby” – a child born after a loss. His story is beautiful and full of love. Because of him, I can write on parenting after loss and the beauty of open adoption. He’s such a stinker, and we are so in love with him.
I’m a mother because of adoption. And I’m a Christian, so I’m adopted, too – as a daughter of the King. I’m flawed and imperfect, but highly favored by the Most High King.
I’ve been a middle school English teacher for the ten-ish years, so I spend my days reading with angsty young people, trying to help them see who they are and who they can become.
I’m a bit of a DIYer, a southern “Granny-style-meets-Whole30” kind of foodie, and I love advocating for adoption. I have an off-again, on-again relationship with running/working out. I love my plants, my dog, my cat, and my sassy chickens. I love painting, reading, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and bargain shopping. I’m a type A list maker. I’m an introverted extrovert – I’m just as content in a crowd as I am alone on the porch with a cup of coffee, which by the way, I drink obsessively. I get through my daily struggles with a cup in my hand (seriously, can you really call yourself a coffee drinker if you just drink cream? Pu-lease…), a little bit of sarcasm, and a whole lot of grace.
I won’t lie and tell you life is perfect and always pretty – but even in the storm, God is still good, and His love is overwhelming. He has been so very, very good to me. I’m glad you’re here and appreciate you reading about my life. I hope you are touched, inspired, motivated, and drawn closer to the One who made you.