About Me

I think this was the hardest tab to write.. just being honest.  Who am I really?  I think there are so many things.  I’m messy and broken, yet full of victory.  And it’s all because of Jesus.  That’s what makes me, well, me.  I’m not great at punctuation, and I hate kids birthday parties.  I don’t write thank you cards, and I like all things vanilla.

I’m 4 yrs younger than my older sibling, a brother named Jonathan.

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  I lived in Seattle for several years before settling back in Chicagoland.

I was an avid athlete in my younger years, and can play almost every band instrument.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University River Forest.

I hate conforming to anything.  The grain is not my friend.

I spent about 10 yrs never wanting to get married or have kids.  Nevertheless..

My husband and I had been friends for 12 years before we started dating.  We met at a summer job.

I have 3 brown, beautiful children, that we adopted from Uganda.

I had a baby in college, a boy named Connor, before I was married, and he died a day after his birth, from complications due to prematurity.

I haven’t dyed my hair since before I was married.  I really wanted my natural hair color for my wedding.  It was always a thing for me.  I wanted my husband to marry me.  I haven’t dyed it since and won’t. Bring on the gray, baby.

I don’t let my kids boss me around.  I love them and hate them at the same time, so I parent them.

I’m addicted to coffee and Kaukauna Port Wine spreadable cheese.

I love to write, but never really took my writing seriously.  The introvert in me wants to bury it deep down, but I’m working on trying to be less me,  and more of who God wants me to be..

I was nanny to a little boy in college, that couldn’t pronounce my name, so he called me Taty.  It kinda stuck throughout the years, and well, that’s how I got this website.

I have chronic leukemia.  There’s no cure.  I will treat it for the rest of my earth-living days. {God willing}.

My relationship with Jesus Christ is a product of my willingness to relinquish control, and I’m passionate about sharing that.  I’m a recovering control freak, and have come to learn that the only time I’m truly #winning is when I say “Ok God, it’s all yours”.  That’s what I will probably talk about most here.  Our lives are journey’s that are not intended to be done alone. I seriously cannot stress enough how blessed I am, to be conquering so much in my life, because I willfully, and undoubtedly made a choice to sacrifice the darkness in my life to welcome the light.  I don’t care what society says.  I want the truth of the bible to be evident in the victory I find in my life.  And I want all of you to hold me accountable.

So now I write.  This is me.  What better way for me to give God the glory for what He’s done, and is still working on in my life, than to share my story?   The parts of me that all came together have empty holes and cracks, ready to be filled by what is still to come.  My hope is that all who come here are blessed by hearing of God’s handy work, and feel welcome to jump in on the journey of what is still to come 🙂

@tatyduff

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

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