Bio

It’s been a pretty good life so far. Lots of ups. Some downs.

Along the coast of southern California I grew up in the care of outstanding parents. They gave me life–and then they changed it, by introducing me to Jesus Christ.

He is why a simple life like mine matters.

Karen Ingle Downtown

I’ve been widowed once, married twice, and blessed with great kids in three different ways. (If you keep reading this blog you’ll eventually figure out all of that.)

My journey has led through teaching high school science in New Cuyama, CA; selling financial planning software in Davis, CA;  and raising and homeschooling 5 children in Minnesota towns with exotic names like Hutchinson . . . Dassel . . . Cokato . . . Bird Island. (Can’t you just hear the squawking of brilliantly-plumed peacocks and toucans? Okay, maybe not.)

It makes me chuckle that this southern California girl has learned to pickle and can garden produce, as well as raise and butcher chickens. The curious science teacher in me gets into all that. The timid traveler in me has visited Mexico, Canada, Russia, France and Belgium. All for what you might call pleasurable business.

My family is settled–for the time being–in the beautiful farmland outside Redwood Falls, MN. Only our youngest child still lives at home year-round. That means I can now write to my heart’s content. I have a book pursuing publication, some plays to share, and a blog I write for a terrific pregnancy help center in Redwood Falls. (You can find that blog at choicespregnancycenter.com.) Yes, I love to write.

I count it a privilege to be a storyteller. Stories have educated, encouraged, and challenged me all my life. I hope these stories will do the same for you.

O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
So even to old age and gray hairs, O God,
do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.

-Psalm 71:17-18  ESV

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