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— passion & purpose —


I am a woman of faith - it's deep in my core. My faith in Jesus Christ affects everything I think, say, and do. The joy and peace I find in Him—the powerful and loving Designer and Creator of the universe—is reflected in my everyday creative endeavors.  



In 1972 I married my husband Bob, who I met on a blind date as a junior in high school! We settled in Wisconsin Rapids to raise our family and open his dental practice. Our children—Rob, Kate, Jeff and Tim—have all married wonderful life partners and pursued their passions— since 2001 our family has definitely multiplied, and added thirteen amazing grands—with another due in January 2021!


A designer at heart, I absolutely love creating warm, inviting environments where people feel a sense of peace. Throughout the years, I've pursued a variety of creative projects that brought joy and peace to my soul. In this chapter of life I've returned to my artistic roots and I'm loving it!  My passion is design - I love working with all kinds of media. Currently I've been working in acrylics with both brush and palette knife. I love color and texture! I create fabulous layered painted papers with Golden Fluid Acrylics on my gel plate. I have bins filled with my painted papers — and sometimes they become my palette and "brush strokes". Once I have an idea for a design and do a loose painting, I often add bits of paper—tearing, arranging, and applying them with gel medium. 

I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and taught art in kindergarten, grade school, high school, and at the University level. After becoming passionate about how God designed people and teams to work together, I earned my Master's degree in Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary and pursued multiple certifications in coaching. I developed Leader to Leader™, my framework, philosophy, and strategy for leadership development. It's been my pleasure to train trainers who now pass it on, investing in leaders and teams.

My passion for design still shines through as I coach leaders visually—using my whiteboard. I love to facilitate creative thinking, brainstorming, planning, developing or organizing helping leaders achieve excellence, unity and focus.  Learn more about Leader to Leader™


Currently I'm investing considerable time and energy into Love in the Name of Christ of South Wood County, and Citizens Engaged of South Wood County.

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the purpose of my site is
to be an "umbrella", of sorts....
one place to encompass
ideas i believe lessons....pursuits i enjoy.
my hope is to pass them on to my kids, my grands,
and others who are interested.
i pray that all who visit are encouraged and inspired.

— family —


Rob & Amie                                                Jeff & Carey                                          Tara & Tim                               Kate & Jon

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Upper left:

Rob, Kaleigh, Amie & Riley                                            

Upper right:

Madison, Charlie, Jeff, Carey, Campbell, Colin, Max                                            

Lower left:

Tim, Rowan & Tara

Lower right:

Haven, Jon, Remy, Kate

Creed, Judah, Shepherd                                         


Bob & Diane

And all of this started on a high school blind date in 1967!

~ sharing thoughts & life lessons ~