Born in Warren, Ohio, I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. After graduation, I taught music to children preschool age through college, and especially enjoyed teaching music at an inner city high school. I resigned from teaching school and concentrated on private piano instruction after the birth of my second son.
In 2002 my husband and I traveled to Ukraine and completed our first international adoption, the subject of my first book, “A Dress for Anna”. Several years later, Anna and her brothers where joined by an additional sister from Kazakhstan, and our family was completed (to the best of our knowledge) in 2006 with another Ukrainian daughter. However,
since returning home with our daughter from Kazakhstan, I officially closed my piano studio and focused my attention on both raising my children and, through writing and speaking, advocating for adoption, Christian service to the poor, and a healthy Biblical respect for people with disabilities.
I live just north of Cincinnati with my husband, Rob, five children, and far too many dogs.