Hi! I'm Lesley...and this is my family. 

We live in Santa Barbara, California, a little coastal town just north of Los Angeles. Should you think we always look so put together, let me assure you, the above photo took a lot of bribing. Normally you'll find me in shorts and Rainbow sandals, with spit-up on my sleeve. 

While I spend a lot of time chasing and cleaning up after three little ones, a few days a week I'm chasing some of my other passions--namely--encouraging women through writing, speaking, and good ol' fashioned playdate conversations. I'm a regular writer for Coffee + Crumbs, and producer and podcast host.  I’m also a member of the Redbud Writer's Guild and have been published at Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog, (In)Courage.com, Hello Dearest, and various other places around the web. During nap times and evenings I’m trying to write my first book, a memoir about Jonathan’s cancer journey. (He’s now in remission!) Once upon a time, I signed with a literary agent and then we never found a publisher so I’m back to figuring out when and how I should publish.

My blog is where I share musings about motherhood, marriage, faith, friendship, and whatever else suits my fancy. I started blogging in 2006 while we were living in Sacramento. Picture me: 24 years old, newly married, freshly back from a three month missions trip to China, and 100% confused about what I should do for a career. So I took a community college writing course and rediscovered my childhood love for the written word, which eventually led to this blog and the beginning of my writing career. (You can read about all the ups and downs of our last 8 years in the Barefooton45th.com archives, including our dating storyAnna’s birthmy career ups and downsour kitchen remodelJonathan’s cancer diagnosisOwen’s birthour travelsour big move, and my thoughts on motherhood, amongst other things. Luke's birth story is here.)

When I’m not writing, you can find me at the beach, spending time with my family, hanging out with girlfriends, running, cooking, or reading.

For those of you visiting my blog for the first time, thank you! I’m really happy you’re here, and I hope you stick around awhile. It is my deepest hope that you’ll always feel like I give you a full picture of my life—the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly. I am an imperfect person who relies on Jesus Christ to get me through each day with the grace I desperately need.

Thank you for being my audience, and for allowing me a place to be me. Please feel free to e-mail me via the contact page. 

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Places I've been published

Contributor / available on Amazon.com 

Contributor / available on Amazon.com 

3 Tips for Making Friendship Work, Mops blog, 2015

3 Tips for Making Friendship Work, Mops blog, 2015

Interviewed on Episode 14 in 2016

Interviewed on Episode 14 in 2016

The Eternal Summer of a Stay-at-Home Mom, for The Redbud Post

The Eternal Summer of a Stay-at-Home Mom, for The Redbud Post

  8 Baby Sleep Tips for Desperate Parents, 2015

 

8 Baby Sleep Tips for Desperate Parents, 2015

The Last Day I Walked Away, carameredith.com, 2014. Picked as one of Rachel Held Evans' Sunday Superlatives 

The Last Day I Walked Away, carameredith.com, 2014. Picked as one of Rachel Held Evans' Sunday Superlatives 

Interviewed in 2015

Interviewed in 2015

Ilovedevotionals.com

Ilovedevotionals.com

Regular monthly contributor + Podcast host, 2014-Present

Regular monthly contributor + Podcast host, 2014-Present

I'm a contributor to this beautiful book, released by Zondervan in 2017. Click to order! 

I'm a contributor to this beautiful book, released by Zondervan in 2017. Click to order! 

Guest writer, 2012-2013

Guest writer, 2012-2013

Moving and the Lonely Mama: How I Survived in a New City, 2016

Moving and the Lonely Mama: How I Survived in a New City, 2016

Feature story, 2007

Feature story, 2007

  Member 2012-Present

 

Member 2012-Present

Why I Feel Guilty After My Husband Survived Cancer. (Over 5K likes on Facebook!)

Why I Feel Guilty After My Husband Survived Cancer. (Over 5K likes on Facebook!)

MOPS blog, 2015

MOPS blog, 2015

Editor of Kidaround Magazine, 2014-2015

Editor of Kidaround Magazine, 2014-2015

Love & Respect NOW, 2013

Love & Respect NOW, 2013

Tim's Blog, 2012

Tim's Blog, 2012