Hi, my name is Michelle. I often refer to myself as Herself. It was the only name my Mother ever heard her Grandfather Tansey call her grandmother. There are many tales of this “Herself” who was both beautiful and eccentric. My favorite story is that she carried all her jewels in a salt bag tied around her waist until the day she died. My mother said that when Mary Tansey went to church in the summer it smelled so badly, “every fly in Gesu Church would find that salt bag and sit there during the entire Mass.” She died before I was born, but she lives in my heart.
I, too, have hidden my jewels in a bag tied around my waist, not willing to share my treasures for different reasons. In this blog, I want to take them out of the bag and let them shine in the Light, because they are all God’s gifts to me.
I am a Celtic Christian, by that I mean I experience God in words, and in story and in His creatures. I live a very ordinary life, but I believe that even in a very ordinary life God shows up all the time. Without fail, God shows up. I just need to be quiet enough to hear THE VOICE and still enough to see the miracles all around me. It continues to take practice everyday to wait and watch.
I am a hot mess and glorious, too. I think everyone is. I guess you could say that is my theology. When people ask what my spiritual gift is, I say, “desperation.” I need God. Daily. Just so you know, I am also a Jesus freak and Jesus often finds me in the small resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan where I live. I think He finds all of us wherever we live.
I call our town the “Mayberry of the Midwest.” Things move slowly here off season and then it gets wildly chaotic in the summer! My house is part of that chaos. I married my junior high sweet heart and we have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. I am crazy for them and never feel like I have enough time with any of them. This blog is dedicated to my grandchildren, Henry, Frank, Jacob, Samuel, Betty and Owen. I am writing it as a love letter to each one of you, so that when I am gone, this Herself can live in your hearts, too.