November 30, 2016


Hello!  I’m Deanna ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m a 30-something Catholic, married to Michael and proud Mama to #AlexandriaTheGreat & #SimonTheZealous.  

In addition to my vocation as a wife and mother, I also work in full-time ministry for a parish in the southwest corner of Kansas.  I do a lot of work in the area of marriage preparation & family life ministry, teaching Theology of the Body and the Billings Method of Natural Family Planning.  

In the last decade I’ve learned that sometimes God calls us out of the boat, out of our comfort zones, in pretty big ways.  I studied abroad in Costa Rica for a summer semester in college.  After graduation I went to Mexico to do volunteer/mission work for a year at a home for girls in Saltillo, Coahuila.  In 2009 I did another volunteer year in San Antonio, and after meeting the man that would eventually become my husband via the internet, I moved to the middle of no-where in Kansas where I got my dream job at age 24.  In all these things God called me out and challenged me to trust Him in a whole new way.

But I’m also learning that Life Out of the Boat isn’t only about the big moments in life.  Sometimes getting out of the boat is as simple as trying to love my family when it’s the hardest.  Sometimes walking on water is about trusting God with all of our plans, whether it’s our finances or our fertility.  Sometimes God calls us to go to another country, sometimes He calls us to trust Him with details.  

There’s an opportunity to get out of the boat on a daily basis.  

This blog is about the ways God is calling us out of the boat and into the beautiful adventure of life outside of our comfort zones within my vocation as a wife, mother, and minister in the Church.  I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and hopefully they will be an encouragement as you learn how to walk on water in your own journey ๐Ÿ™‚