Welcome, friend!

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

I’m Joy — 20 years old, #4 out of 10 kids, avid bookworm, super thrift store shopper, college student, kinda-sorta photographer, and a small town Midwestern girl who never, ever tires of the sight of cornfields.

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’m starting this blog as a way to document a new journey the Lord is taking me on. This July, I will be leaving my home state of Illinois and moving to Jinja, Uganda to become Amani Baby Cottage’s Project Coordinator for one year. I’d love for you to join me on this journey! It’s my desire that my words and this blog would be an encouragement to you.

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. Many blessings to you as you keep pressing into Jesus. May He be glorified in each of our lives!


“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