Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Inspiration Wednesday: Meet Alexsis Ramirez!

It's inspiration Wednesday. Our inspirational guest today is quite an accomplished young lady, and does a lot to help our church thrive. Alexsis, tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you live.

I was born and raised in Fort Stockton Texas. Lived in Waco for 6 years attending college then stayed to work as a speech therapist. Married my husband 1.5 years ago and became official step mom to his 2 twin daughters. Just had a baby girl, she is 5 months old.

And Aura is the sweetest little thing! Her bright eyes and sweet spirit make us all feel inspired. Love those twins of yours as well. Can't forget Robert, he's awesome. What are your passions, hobbies, or businesses?

After gaining weight in college and taking years to work it off, it lead to me becoming a fitness instructor. I’ve learned that to become strong and healthy it takes more than just exercise! But also healthy eating and practices for a sound mind like prayer/meditation and sleep. I’ve been a fitness instructor since 2009, I love getting to be a part of someone’s journey to becoming their healthiest most FiT selves. My husband and I own a business, Faith Inspired Fitness, where I lead FiTcamp sessions for both men and women. In the summer we host FiTkids and we teach children about the Word is God while exercising and learning about nutrition. If we aren’t exercising, we as a family are singing, painting, we love board games, watching Marvel movies or serving at church together.

Your business is making an impact on our community. It's a joy to watch your entire family serve at church. I didn't know you guys liked board games! We'll have to get together, but I warn you that Randy is quite competitive. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Spending more of my day ministering to people about the love of God and the truths in His Word.

A worthy goal. What are you reading these days?

I have a few books I want to pick up to finish but haven’t in a few weeks. Currently reading through the chronological Bible, for years I didn’t know the books were not in chronological order.

I'm reading the Chronological Bible as well. Lends a whole different perspective. Alexsis, if you could have the world stage for five minutes, what would be your message to the world?

Jesus loves you, and I would want to empower women to consider home birth. After delivering my daughter at home and having the most amazing experience and recovery-I want every woman to experience it. We have been taught so wrong by society about birth and what should/shouldn’t happen to our bodies. God designed us to perfectly deliver babies without interventions. Too many times intervention causes issues that lead to more intervention. There are some cases were interventions have helped to keep momma and baby alive, so I’m not talking about those instances. I just hope to inform women so they can trust in their own bodies ability to birth a child they have carried for 9 months.

I totally agree. I pray, along with you that women will consider more natural birth methods. I'm one that has had six "interventions" that were necessary, so I'm also glad that is available for complications. THANK YOU so much for sharing your life with us!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Book Talk: Meet Jodie Wolfe

1.       Welcome Jodie Wolfe today. I haven't had the pleasure of meeting her personally yet, but she is a fellow author with our beloved publishing company, Pelican Book Group. Jodie, I like that name:( Tell us a little about yourself: you, your family, and where you live.
Hello, I'm Jodie Wolfe and I live in south-central PA. We live in the valley, between two mountain ranges. Most of my life, I've lived in PA. My husband and I have been married for thirty-two years. We have two grown sons that are married, and we have six grandchildren.

      Nothing like those grandchildren! Living between two mountain ranges sounds so romantic. What is your passion, business,  or hobbies?

My passions are writing, knitting, and spending time with my husband.My newest book that released is Taming Julia. Here's a little bit about it.
In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery's sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation's ultimatum that he marry or leave, forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy.

Jules Walker strides into Drew's life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle--more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she's not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is.
Purchase Links for Taming Julia:

                         Taming Julia sounds amazing! The cover is wonderful.   Where  do you see yourself  in  five years? I would love to have another five books published five years from now.

What are you currently reading?

 I'm currently reading The Major's Daughter by Regina Jennings.

          If you could have the world stage for five minutes, what would be your message to the world?
That true hope and peace can only be found in Jesus Christ.         
 Thank you so much for having me here today! I'm blessed!

I'm so excited about your book release. Congratulations! Everyone please check out Jodie's website and put Taming Julia on your TO READ list. Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Inspiration Wednesday: Meet Jennifer Fountain!

Jenn with her Father and Grandfather

It's inspiration Wednesday. I'm excited to introduce my good friend Jennifer Fountain. Jenn, tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you live.

I was born in California and "grew-up" in a really small town (20 houses). Across the creek from us was La Paz, the Farm Workers Union with Caesar Chavez (his family and mine were really good friends). Both of my parents were Avant Guard play-writes with productions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and NYC. My dad was also a College Professor and a Reference Librarian for 33 years. We traveled all over and lived in many states and a few countries. I have done a lot of different things in my life with my favorite is being a stay-at-home mom to my three children.

I didn't know your parents were play-writes. Seems like such a romantic growing up. What are your passions, hobbies, or businesses?

I really enjoy genealogy. I can spend hours and hours digging online or in the bowels of a dusty library in a small town lost in the woods and not get tired of the stories I find. I am a remote employee for AMSkier Insurance Agency (small in size but not in stature). We are the largest insurer of Children's Camps in the United States. We are a family owned third generation with the reputation of being able to do the impossible. Take a moment and watch our story

Interesting work! Looks like a great camp. Where do you see yourself in five years?

In 5 years I may be an empty nester and it is really terrifying to me. Not because I am worried about my kids (I know they will be amazing!) but because I know how much I will miss them.

I totally get that. FYI: they often come back. What are you reading these days?

I am currently reading three books (yeah I know) The World in a Grain by Vince Beiser, Book 13 The Poison Jungle by Tui T, Sutherland, and Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffery (this is a re-read so it does not really count).

Looks like my reading list just go longer. If you had the world stage for five minutes, what would your message to the world be?

Being able to listen to opposing views can only strengthen our understanding and emphasizing the importance of sticks and stones may break your bones but words can only hurt you if you let them. Be stronger than you are for real and not pretended protection.

Such a good word. Anything else?

The answer to Hate Speech is Free Speech. The answer to confusion is allowing Jesus into your life.