Hi, I'm Liza.
It's pronounced like "Lisa". Let me explain. You see my first name is actually Elizabeth, but I grew up being called Lisa. In my teen years I got the great notion to spell it with a "z" for a bit more individuality. Not to mention the fact that I found my birth certificate and while I always thought my mother spelled Elizabeth with an “s” in fact she spelled it with a “z”. So naturally in my hormone filled teenage mind that meant I should not longer spell Lisa with an “s”, but go through the process of getting everyone to spell it with a “z”. It took so long to get people to spell with a "z" (There are still some of my family that spell it with an “s”) that now I just go with. Now that we have that cleared up let's move on.
Lincoln, Nebraska is where I call home. I’ve lived in this city my entire life. I always dreamt of moving far, far away. Then I grew up, got married and now I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
I was home schooled all the way through high school; minus 2nd grade and part of 4th. I loved it! I loved it so much I plan on home schooling my own children. Most people have this notion that home schooled kids are super geniuses or super religious and usually lack social skills. I fit none of the stereo types. While I grew up in a very loving Christian home, you probably couldn’t label us “super religious”, and I’m by no means a “super genius”. Plus my parents did a pretty good job of making sure I had decent social skills. Now that doesn’t mean I won’t be shy and kind of awkward upon first meeting someone, but once I feel comfortable I loosen up and can talk quite comfortably about pretty much any subject.
Upon graduating high school and getting my GED, I started nannying full-time for a 2 year old girl and shortly there after her infant brother. At first I loved it, but then it became lonely and felt kind of isolating. It didn’t help that the baby just screamed all of the time. So I cut back to working for them only 1 day a week instead of 4. (After cutting back my hours, they soon figured out the little boy had horrible ear infections and needed tubes. It turned him into a totally different baby!) I also started working at the local YMCA teaching gymnastics 3 days a week. Which was a shock for me having never even taken gymnastics as a kid. It was only the Y though, so it was more like activity focused babysitting. Regardless, I loved it.
In August of 2007 I went to Les Cayes, Haiti for the first time. It totally rocked my world. It broadened my worldview and really humbled me. I was so encouraged by what God was doing in Haiti and so encouraged by the joy the Haitians had despite their circumstances. I returned again the next August. Upon coming home and processing my trip I was seriously considering pursuing being a missionary.
God was doing a so much work in my life at the time. He was really strengthening my faith and reliance on Him. Helping me to question what it was I truly believed and showing me concrete truths over the next couple of years. In the midst of this journey of solidifying my faith God did something unexpected.
August 23rd, 2008 I met Nick. We hit it off really quickly. So quickly that we were dating by August 29th, engaged by December 27th and then married May 16th, 2009.
Not only was God taking me on a spiritual journey, He was doing the same for Nick. In that short amount of time Nick went from being an outspoken atheist that doubted entirely the existence of God to a humbled man who was truly feeling and knowing God for the first time in his life. God continues to bless us, teach us and guide us. We are so thankful for his sacrifice of His Son and His bestowing of Grace so that we do not have to endure the punishment that is due us. Christ’s blood covers us and we are redeemed. Praise God!
After we got married I continued to work both nannying part-time and teaching gymnastics part-time. Inside though I longed for something more. I strongly considered going back to school to do something. In my heart of hearts I knew that all I really wanted to do with my life, what had been my dream since I was a little girl, was to be a mommy and a homemaker. After lots and lots of praying about it and talking about it. We decided that at the beginning of 2011 we’d start trying. Soon after we were pregnant and then on October 11th, 2011 at 10:19am we welcomed our beautiful daughter Evelyn into this world.
There you have it a little glimpse into who I am. I'm a wife, a mommy, a homemaker and a child of God. This blog is an outlet for my thoughts. It's a place to compile and reflect on my journey here on earth. A journey that is all about Preparing For Eternity. I hope you enjoy my ramblings!