You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Me too. It's hard to believe, isn't it? That's how I ended up here kicking all my dirt around. Don't we all need safe space to sift, sort, and hear ourselves out?

So glad you're here! I'm Jo Ann Alo.

Living in the country all my life has blessed me with a love for the outdoors. Bullfrogs on the bank, buckeye butterflies, and honeybees. Sunflowers, spear thistle, and beaver tails slapping the creek. Ducks on the pond and hawks overhead. Burr oaks and mulberry trees turning fingers red.

Married 37 years to my high school sweetheart. We planted between dusty roads and cornfields two mailboxs from where I grew up. Three daughters bring us two Sons, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and dinners back at the table.

At 24 the word of God shot into my veins. I was hooked. Tried quitting Him a few times till I couldn't get through a day without Him.

The God I imagined to be so far away—the Jesus I thought dead and gone—became my living refuge and strength.

Studying scripture can cause a sequoia of questions. I keep pulling verses apart to put God in order. Lo and behold...He's reshaping me. You'll see, I go down roads without knowing where they'll end, empty pockets of the past like it's worth the change, spill my beans like a scared schoolgirl before the unthinkable takes place between the pages of grace.

Make yourself at home. Enjoy the poetry. Comment on blog posts if ya like.

Did I mention I'm glad you're here? Good. Come on in.