Hi! I’m so glad you’ve found your way to Open Hands, Open Home. My name is Erin, and I am a follower of Jesus, wife to Sam, and mom to Henry and Harrison. (To learn more about my little family and our story, go here.)
I grew up in a city just south of Birmingham, Alabama, left to attend college in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, moved to Atlanta, Georgia after college, but have made my way back home to Sweet Home Alabama! I have awesome parents, who are now awesome grandparents, and one younger brother who made growing up a lot of fun.
I am an ESTP that was disguised as an ESTJ for awhile, and I love talking Myers-Briggs. I attended the University of Alabama, so my “Roll tide!” is authentic.
I studied elementary and special education after dabbling in public relations for a little while. I am passionate about people and living life in community. I met my best friend, Maci, in kindergarten, and we have been friends ever since.
I like the idea of being organized, but it does not come naturally to me. I have a corgi named Lucy and an old man cat named Charlie, who do not get along.
I also enjoy photography, reading, and drinking coffee. My love languages are quality time and physical touch. I’m seeking to live an intentional life where I spend my time well.
What does Open Hands, Open Home mean?
The name Open Hands, Open Home came from two of the things that my husband and I are very passionate about.
The first is something that we really focused on during our engagement season, and that is living life in a posture of having open hands to our Heavenly Father. Open hands allows you to do two things, offer up the things that you think you control or possess to Him who is able to do so much more with what we have than we ever thought possible. It is living life in a posture of surrender to Him because we believe that He only takes things away when He wants to replace them with something exponentially better. The other thing about having open hands is that they are ready to receive whatever it is that He has for you in the season you may be in. We believe that the Father withholds no good thing from His children.
The second part of the name of this blog is open home, and that comes from the idea that life is best lived in community. That is how we were created. We were never meant to live in isolation. Open home means that our home, physically and metaphorically, is open. We want it to be a place where we can invite people in, welcome them when they come, and help them feel comfortable while they are present.
My hope for this blog is that you would feel that invitation and warmth to stick around awhile. This is a place of vulnerability, encouragement, and real life. You know, the kind where we don’t feel the need to have a spotless house or perfectly baked apple pie waiting, but the kind where there may be loads of laundry strewn about and Chick-fil-a on the counter.
What’s on Open Hands, Open Home?
This blog will contain posts about real life, like I said. That may look like a lot of different things. For example, there may be posts about things like routines, parenthood, Jesus, and everything in between. My hope and prayer is that you leave here encouraged, refreshed, and/or with something to think about.
Please, please, please let me know what you would like to see on here, what encourages you, and what is weighing you down. The reality of community is that we are there to laugh with those laughing, cry with those crying, and praying to and praising the Lord who orchestrates it all.