Welcome, friend!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you’re here.

I’m Joy — an old-fashioned 23 year old, barista, avid bookworm, super thrift store shopper, college student, kinda-sorta photographer, enneagram 2w1, and a small town Midwestern girl who never, ever tires of the sight of cornfields. I love country music and deep conversations, and I’m a strange combination of sarcasm & wearing my heart on my sleeve. I’ll probably roast you and then feel bad and apologize later.

But most importantly, I’m a Christian, saved by grace through faith. My life is not my own, I’ve been bought with a price. Though far from perfect, I’m now living life for Jesus and His glory, and learning to love Him more day by day.

I started this blog in 2018 as a way to document my year living in Jinja, Uganda working as a Project Coordinator at a children’s home. Though it was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, I loved every second of it. I’m so thankful for all of the experiences and growth that came out of that season.

My life looks a lot different now. But my hope is that this little blog can still be a place of encouragement. Writing has always helped me process what I am learning and going through.

Though as believers we unite on the same road and have the same destination, our journeys are one-of-a-kind, scripted specifically for us by the loving Author. I pray that you would choose to find the joy in the unique journey He has for you.


“It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the end of our journey, He is also at every stopping place. “
Elisabeth Elliot