Hey there, I’m Brenda!
I’m the wife of John, my heart transplant hero, and the mama of two girl miracles, EG and ME. But most importantly, I’m a follower of Jesus who in His mercy and grace patiently loved me into a life of full surrender to Him. Today my greatest passion is using my life story to testify to a true relationship with Jesus.
How It All Began . . .
Like many little girls, I grew up with the dream of getting married and being a mommy one day. However, as I went through my twenties and entered my thirties single, the fear of that not happening consumed me. Even though I was a believing and active Christian, I lived my single years with a lot of fear, resentment, and anger. I made poor choices in the men I dated, and I stayed in dating relationships longer than I should have. Because I was insecure and desperate to get what I wanted, my identity was wrapped up in my dream for myself instead of God’s plans for me.
I got married one month shy of my 31st birthday. I am not the oldest woman ever to marry, but my single years left scars that I still carry today. That is why I refer to myself as a “recovering single.”
I now realize that it didn’t have to be this way.
While I take full responsibility for the decisions I made, I look back over my life as a girl and young woman and see where I would have benefited from mentorship and discipleship from older women in my life.
Now with two little girls, I love to mentor and disciple my girls and other young women to live surrendered to Jesus and with purpose no matter of life’s circumstances.
About My Blog
This blog has been a journey.
I started blogging as a hobby in 2008 right after getting married. Then, in 2010, my husband, John, had a heart transplant. I processed through that season of chronic illness and hospital stays by writing about it on my blog. Blogging also became a way to keep our friends and family up-to-date on John’s health.
It was in John’s hospital room that I discerned God’s call to write with more of an intentional purpose. I remember where I was sitting, the laptop in my lap, when I knew that writing was going to become a permanent part of my life.
From there Triple Braided Life became a blog to minister to single women from my experience as a single woman. Then it grew to an even broader audience. After having my two daughters, I started writing about life raising girls.
What This Blog’s About Now
As my girls have gotten a little older, and after recently moving back to our home state of Georgia, I have not had much time to write. However, I write when I can, and now my topics are much broader. Pretty much I write on any topic that come to my mind or is laid on my heart.
So I’d love for you to stick around to see if anything interests you! I do plan to write about the house we moved into – my husband’s childhood home which is a Victorian built in 1900. It’s a fun story and should be a fun adventure!
Things I Love . . .
Need I say more?
These precious angels take up the majority of my life, and I thank Jesus for them! But when I have some spare moments here are some other things that make life sweet.
Atlanta, where I grew up. And I’m so happy to now be back in Georgia and right up the road!
University of Georgia football, where I went to grad school and where my husband graduated. My fondest memories of our dating days are home football games.
My best friend, who I met in the third grade and who I still talk to almost every day. She’s the sister God blessed me with.
Coffee, yes, I love it.
Talking in coffee shops for hours with friends about real things. I have a serious aversion to small talk.
Books and podcasts. I love to read and listen. It’s a slight obsession.
And I’m a nerd for the Bible and theology. No, that’s not a stock answer to make myself sound good. What’s truthful is I know more than my heart shows.
The beach. I can’t leave out the beach.
You can find me on Facebook where I share my latest blog posts, other articles I find interesting, and encouragement, Instagram where I share a peak into my life, and Pinterest where I pin helpful articles and resources on a variety of subjects.