My name is Renata. I was born in Russia, and have lived in America for over fifteen years. I am the middle of five children, all of whom are adopted as well. I live each day with the disability Cerebral Palsy. Though it causes me pain, it does not define me. I am a young woman after God’s heart. In my current season of life, I am a newlywed, college student, and work full-time.  I attend a local university, majoring in communications. The grammar nerd in me loves reading, writing, and ambiguity. It is my dream to mesh the two degrees by traveling and sharing my testimony. One of my life goals includes writing an autobiography. Hopefully, this blog will only be the beginning.

No matter what season of life I am in, there are three facts about me that remain true: First, God is my savior and Lord. Nothing and no one comes before Him. I am His beloved, and He is my rock. Second, I am one of the most honest people you will ever meet. There is something amazing about being real with people, and letting them know they are not alone, that God does have a greater plan and purpose in mind, though we may not understand it at the time. As a writer, I will never hesitate to express my hurts, pains, joys, and questions. In those moments, we can learn the most about each other. Third, though I seem extroverted, I am an introvert at heart. A fun evening for me is one filled with reading, writing, or spending time with a few close friends.

Ever since I was a junior in high school, I wanted to create a blog. Life got ahead of me, and I did not get to it until now. Though it is much later than I originally anticipated, my reasons for creating it have not changed: Creating a blog is not just about writing to me, but it is about sharing my story with the world. Typically, posts will consists of my life experiences, past and present, along with a touch of future ambitions. There is nothing more beautiful to me than sharing stories, especially about how God has and continues to transform my life. I love hearing other people’s testimonies because that is the one story no one can tell you is wrong. No one can take away your life story. My life story is not the prettiest, but it is one I love because it is the one God created for me.

Along with story-telling, I greatly enjoy deep, philosophical conversations and thoughts. Often times, I will hear or see something, and think about it for days. Many times, I will vocalize what I saw, heard, felt, or wondered and ask for others’ thoughts. This blog is not just a place for you all to hear from me, but a platform for me to hear from you, too. It is almost a foreign concept in today’s society to carry on in a deep, meaningful conversation, to openly express ideas and thoughts. I hope to change that even a little bit through this blog.

Lastly, I post something new every Thursday evening. Do not hesitate to make suggestions either; I am always open for growth. I greatly look forward to going on this journey with all of you.



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