Hey Dear Friends!
I’m Gretchen Miles, also known as the “The Crazy Soccer Mom”.
Although I would love to say I’m NOT crazy, I’m afraid I will need to bow the knee to this truth.
I am the wife of a very predictable and hilarious Boeing engineer.
Mother of 6 kiddos. ( 5 of which are playing soccer year round.)
Welcome to my crazy existence!
Truth be told, it wasn’t soccer that prompted me to start a personal blog. Instead, it was a tragedy that happened on November 16, 2012.
Our fifteen year old daughter, Jacoby, was involved in a devastating gymnastics accident.
In the blink of an eye, absolutely everything changed. One bad dismount from the Uneven Bars left her paralyzed from the shoulders down, leaving her a quadriplegic.
“Why Jacoby, instead of me?”
Or perhaps even better, “What good could come from this nightmare?”
With all my heart, I wanted to display the hope I knew I had in the present circumstances. But how?
A new journey was beginning, wanted or not.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
I am absolutely certain, I will not have answers to my ‘whys” until I am looking into the face of my Savior.
However, I have been given ONE answer.
This “accident” brought about an urgency to truly KNOW my God and to KNOW His word.
The more time I spent in His word…the more I wanted to share all the promises and unconditional love that He gives freely.
A passion to write and teach Women’s Bible Studies was etched into the marrow of my soul. A yearning and desire for others to have the same hope and assurance I had became priority.
Trials show their ugly face to each and every one of us. Unfortunately, we can’t control this. But…we do get to decide how we will respond to them. This is the key.
Learning to “Seize the Day” in the midst of real life frustrations, devastating heartache and challenges is what we all desperately want to do.
So, if you need hope, motivation, and encouragement as much as I do, then this blog is for you. Join me on this wild and unpredictable journey called “life”.
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My love for people and theology can be traced back to my college days at Seattle Pacific University. It was in those dorms that I developed a personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ.
This relationship gave me a true love for people. For all people.
Social work became the degree that won my heart. By the time I graduated from college, Jason and I had 3 children. ( I did tell you I was crazy.)
I was given the amazing opportunity to work for a non-profit organization called “Step-by-Step.” This social agency helps many high-risk women/mothers in need.
I cherished these women; I still do. However, I knew I was moving into a new chapter of life at home.
Being the Suffragette I am, I believe women have the right to choose to be a stay-at-home mom as well. Contrary to what many people portray, it is a fulfilling and challenging task to take on the “home frontier”. Trust me, whether you work outside the home or work from it… You have my utmost respect!
I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Jason, for 19 years. We have 6 children and 2 Weimar’s. We live outside of Seattle, Washington.
Like everyone else, I enjoy doing many things, but have a shortage of daylight hours. Here are a few: running, reading, writing, watching my kiddos sports games, watching ANY sports game, spending time with their hilarious father and listening to Beth Moore, Tony Evans and Jenn Hatmaker.
I am a member of Elim Evangelical Free Church in Puyallup, WA where I have lead MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), taught Children’s Sunday School and found my true passion, teaching Women’s Bible Study.
My Contact Information
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