I was born, August 10, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At the age of six-months I was adopted by a couple living in Windsor, Ontario. When I was 45, I met my birth mother and a year later, met my three incredible brothers and three beautiful sisters.
In 2002, I married my patient and long-suffering husband, Phil Hempel, and moved to Buchanan, MI, where we live with our two dogs; a 10-year-old rescue, Bailey, and a year-old terror, Mr. Muggles.
After a catastrophic car accident in 2010, beekeeper Phil, spent several years recovering from a shattered leg, among other injuries. Eventually, we closed the family business, Blossomland Supply, which Phil had operated since 1989, and in 2016 , at 68 Phil decided to return to work driving patients to medical appointments.
I am the mother of three grown sons who live in Ontario, Canada. As a speaker, I took the story of my first-born’s struggle with addiction to schools in hopes of deterring other children from poor life choices and to church congregations as a tale of how faith can keep you strong even when what you thought would kill you didn’t. The Story of Bernie is still very close to my heart.
As a freelance writer, I designed and wrote brochures and pamphlets for non-profits and wrote advertising copy and copy for other people’s websites. As a journalist, I wrote for local newspapers and wrote a couple of columns. Following Phil’s near tragic accident and his return to work outside of the home, I decided it was finally time to share some personal writing. This site and my blog While Life Goes On are the results of that decision.
A member of Lamb’s Chapel in Laporte, IN, I am forever grateful to fellow writer and my pastor Jay Loucks for his encouragement and the space at Lamb’s where I now write two to three days a week.
What has been an incredibly, blessed journey continues.