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My name is Cheryl. Welcome to my living room, of sorts. You are here because you want to know a little bit about me. Let me start by thanking you for taking the time to get to know me. I hope you will stick around, comment, and let me get to know you too. Life without community is lonely. No one has to be alone in this journey of life. That is one of the reasons I write. We, as people, have so much in common. I hope you’re comfortable, and if you were visiting me in real life, I’d offer you a hot cup of tea or coffee. Make yourself at home wherever you are.

My family

I am the mother of four and the wife of one.

My oldest, a boy, was born in 1998. (I can’t believe I have an adult son. Where did the time go?) My youngest, a girl, in 2009. Like a fun pattern, I have a boy, girl, boy, girl. I love them deeply. They have taught me much about myself, life, and about God.

When I write about parenting, I speak from experience–and not all of it is from doing it “right” (whatever that means). I have learned that God loves my kids more than I, so he is giving them what they need when, in my frailty, cannot. Parenting is tough, but I cannot imagine life without them and the lessons each of them have taught me. They are teaching me still.

Read my 5 quick and easy tips on parenting.


I’ve been married since 1996. That guy next to me has had to put up with my craziness. He certainly didn’t know what he was in for when he married me, but he has come to terms with that by now. My marriage is better now after 20 years than I ever imagined it could be when we first got married. We’ve wrestled through our very different personalities and stuck together through faith-testing valleys. Again, my writing on marriage is from the lessons God has taught me through my successes and mistakes–our successes and mistakes.

Want to have a happy marriage? Read this one thought on marriage after 20 years.

My faith

I am a Christian. This means I am coming from a God-is-preeminent perspective. Faith invades every aspect of my life and writing. The power of the Gospel is able to transform our lives–our real lives–and so I write with that always in my view.

We all have much in common regardless of where we land on faith issues–and in those things, we can connect. I hope to communicate a faith that is genuine and real. I don’t have all the answers, but I strive to grow in grace and in knowledge of my faith.

My education and life experiences

I graduated from college with a degree in Bible and Elementary Education. Having studied the Bible as a major, I have a rich foundation in understanding how to dig deep into the Scriptures.

I taught for two years in a formal classroom, but most of my teaching experience is in an informal setting–where I feel most comfortable.

I have homeschooled my children off and on throughout the years. My children (except for my youngest) has been homeschooled as well as gone to public and private school. Regardless of where my children attend school, I see myself (and my husband) as their primary teachers.

I have traveled to many places in the world: Europe, Central Asia, and the South Pacific. I am forever changed because of my travels. I treasure the lessons learned both by my experiences traveling and living abroad–and by the dear friends I have met along the way. My only sadness is in leaving those places behind. I can still taste the fish-n-chips, ош and kaukau.

Real life is my life

My life has been real every day. I have suffered because of my procrastination and time management fails.

I am stubborn, but want to think of it more as tenacious (that’s the positive side of stubborn, right?).

While never diagnosed with ADD, I am easily distracted and find it hard to finish most long books–even though, in theory, I love to read.

On the flip side, I am unrelentingly loyal.

I am creative and inquisitive.

I love music. It’s been part of my life since I was in elementary school. If you’re looking for beginner guitar lessons–and live in the Columbia, SC area, I’d love to help you get started.

I, according to my kids, am one of the best cooks and should open up my own restaurant. Look at some of my recipes.

I am a truth-teller. People closest to me have told me I have mellowed a lot. Not that I don’t tell the truth, but I am better at the how and when. I am learning when to just keep my mouth shut.

I was born in 1972. That means I have a few years under my belt.

Since I am driven to learn and grow as a person, my desire is to use whatever I have learned to benefit those around me.

Thank you for visiting me

If you’ve come my way, I consider it an honor to share my life-in-words with you. May you enjoy journeying with me. If there is any way I can better serve you, please let me know.

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  1. Lynn @ Scrapity Anne

    I love how very open you are. I share some of your experiences, minus the fun parts LOL. I’m 1973, so we’re on par for age level. I think you have a perspective, something to talk about, something to share. I look forward to reading more.


  2. Angela Goldring Dion

    this is great Cheryl Simpson. I'm another mellowed out truth-teller. 1972, I was 8 years old then 🙂

    1. Cheryl

      I hope I get mellower in the right places and less mellow in the right places. Do you remember your big 4-0 birthday? I’ve got that coming up this year.

  3. Amber

    I love your blog! I will be back!

    1. Cheryl

      Thank you. I am so glad you visited. Please let me know when you visit again.

  4. Amy Busch Eicher

    3 cheers for the mellowed truth tellers!

    and you dear friend are one of the BEST truth tellers that I have ever had the pleasure of being friends with! Love you lady and hope God is using your realing – to reach others 😀

    I'm realing on a different topic over at – more on hope when you think you've lost everything – speaking mostly through chronic pain, but chronic physical pain and chronic emotional pain sure have a lot in common ;).

    1. Cheryl

      You make me smile.

      There has to be a way we could meet up some day. Right?

      I do hope more realing will invade our world. I am glad you are writing about your journey. Emotional and physical pain have a way of intertwining. There is as much work on the emotional end as on the physical side when chronic pain is involved. We are all very familiar with our own struggles. It is a gift you provide by walking together with others through your words.

  5. rosa

    hi Ian rosa

    1. Cheryl

      Hello. How are you?

  6. Carol

    Hello Cheryl – I love your About story and the fact that you come from a God-is-preeminent perspective. That’s the principle I choose to live my life upon too. I like how you’ve put it and will be borrowing that phrase! 😃

    1. Cheryl

      God is preeminent, and I have to put that truth before me every day—especially on the days I don’t get the depth of that reality.

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