Meet Ingrid

I grew up in a little stone house at the edge of a small Midwestern town. Years before we moved there, a previous owner had covered his simple wood frame house with big rocks of all shapes and sizes. Set together with mortar, like bricks, the stones transformed a plain square structure into a unique, fanciful cottage with curved archways and an attached grape arbor. Growing up in that stone house fueled my childhood daydreams and offered the perfect setting for a little girl’s vivid imagination.

I wrote stories and plays, dreaming I would one day write books like the ones that captivated me. What I grew up to write was “the news”. I took a job as a reporter at our local newspaper the summer after my freshman year at college. I loved the atmosphere of the newsroom and the people I worked alongside. Instead of going back to college, I stayed in the newsroom and got the best hands-on education possible, and before long, I was not just a typist. I was a reporter. My favorite assignments involved interviewing and writing about interesting individuals in our community. I was telling stories!

I “retired” to home school our children and most of my creative energies went toward teaching my own children to write. Now that our four sons are young adults (and one is a writer), I’m returning to my childhood passion — writing.

That’s my writing cabin in the photo below. I’ve named it Selah, a biblical term which means “to pause and reflect”. My husband had it built from logs we’d been storing in our barns. It’s a small space with no running water or electricity, but it sits at the edge of a pond within a short walk of our house. On a warm day, that front porch is my favorite place to write.

We’ll be sharing a few stories here — mine and yours — because sharing them is a sacred act. Our stories are our legacy.

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18 Comments

  1. Good morning Ingrid! Thanks for contacting me through the Ruby for Women blog. I would love to include you on the Ruby Blogger Team ;o) I’m scheduling all of the October posts today so please let me know if you have a particular post you would like me to include. I’ll add you to the Ruby Blogger mailing list so you will get the schedule as soon as it’s ready.

    By the way . . . . we live in NE Indiana, too, north of Columbia City. Where are you? Perhaps we are almost neighbors! I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you soon, Nina @ Ruby for Women

    • How exciting to learn you are also a Hoosier! We’re east of LaGrange about 10 miles. I used to live north of Columbia City, in Merriam. The most recent posts I’d like you to consider are either “What Declaration Do You Make with Your Life?” or “What Stinks in Your Back Yard?” Thank you for welcoming me to your web site!

      • Hello, Ingrid! I am excited to introduce myself to you. My name is Karen and I will be assisting the Ruby for Women staff in the day to day activities that help us reach more and more Christian women. I will be adding you to our Ruby Blogger Team today and I’ll make sure you are on the November blogger schedule, which will be sent through email next week. If you have any questions or need anything during our journey together, you can reach me through email: karen@rubyforwomen.com.
        Thanks so much for your interest and Welcome to our team!

  2. Good morning Ingrid! Thanks for contacting me through the Ruby for Women blog. I would love to include you on the Ruby Blogger Team ;o) I’m scheduling all of the October posts today so please let me know if you have a particular post you would like me to include. I’ll add you to the Ruby Blogger mailing list so you will get the schedule as soon as it’s ready.

    By the way . . . . we live in NE Indiana, too, north of Columbia City. Where are you? Perhaps we are almost neighbors! I’ll be looking forward to hearing from you soon, Nina @ Ruby for Women

    • How exciting to learn you are also a Hoosier! We’re east of LaGrange about 10 miles. I used to live north of Columbia City, in Merriam. The most recent posts I’d like you to consider are either “What Declaration Do You Make with Your Life?” or “What Stinks in Your Back Yard?” Thank you for welcoming me to your web site!

      • Hello, Ingrid! I am excited to introduce myself to you. My name is Karen and I will be assisting the Ruby for Women staff in the day to day activities that help us reach more and more Christian women. I will be adding you to our Ruby Blogger Team today and I’ll make sure you are on the November blogger schedule, which will be sent through email next week. If you have any questions or need anything during our journey together, you can reach me through email: karen@rubyforwomen.com.
        Thanks so much for your interest and Welcome to our team!

  3. Hi Ingrid, just a couple more questions…
    Would you be interested in being featured in our online magazine? Our holiday edition is in the works and we would love to include you.
    Also, could you please provide us with your email address so we can send the monthly blogger team schedule to you?
    Thanks!

  4. Hi Ingrid, just a couple more questions…
    Would you be interested in being featured in our online magazine? Our holiday edition is in the works and we would love to include you.
    Also, could you please provide us with your email address so we can send the monthly blogger team schedule to you?
    Thanks!

  5. Hi Ingrid. Came across your site through Intentional Blogging. I can relate to much of what you are sharing about the journey. Sounds like you are contemplative – me too. Will continue to watch for your posts through IB.

  6. Bill Gisel

    Love your writing, but of course I always have! I don’t know if I have seen you since your wedding? If I have, I was probably drunk and wouldn’t remember. March 22 marks 21 years of continuous sobriety. I have survived prostate cancer and was forced into retirement when I could no longer fulfill my duties as a confinement officer at the DeKalb County Jail. I miss being able to talk with the men and women incarcerated due to their drug and alcohol addictions. God’s Blessings to you and your family!

    • inkspots53@hotmail.com

      Bill, it is so good to hear from you! I have wonderful memories of working alongside all the great News-Sun staff. LaGrange County is looking for individuals willing to go into the local jail and share Christ. Interested? Blessings to you as well!

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