We’re a family, two daughters and a dad, and all our kin. We are idea-people, imperfectionists, artists, and dysfunctional but transformed journeyers.

gary and brendaGary Morland

For years my daughters have had a running joke that I’ll die, “And then we’ll have to go through your stuff and write the books!” Now that I’m over 60, maybe I should have mercy on them and write the books and stuff myself. So that’s what I’m doing.

Quick bio: I was a drunk for 14 years. My wife loved me anyway and still does. Jesus is the answer, whatever the question. I’m on the radio in afternoons on New Life 91.9 in Charlotte, NC.

I don’t have any awards, official credentials, or special qualifications. I can be proud or defensive of that, depending on the day. But overall it’s kind of nice being an unschooled, ordinary guy. I’ve always liked the people who follow their passion and make a dent without credentials or permission from the authorities: Bill JamesVance HavnerBurt Munro; those guys who knew Jesus. If they can, we all can. And should. You can find me elsewhere online writing on my personal site, GaryMorland.com


nester and chadMyquillyn Smith (The Nester)

Perfection is overrated. I’ve moved 14 times in 19 years of marriage and have written about our imperfect home for 7 of those years. My husband Chad and I have three hockey playing teenage boys and I simply love to be home. Our last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows and Ladies’ Home Journal. We just bout a little fixer upper on 12 attention needing acres. My book, The Nesting Place: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful, encourages women to stop waiting for your next house and to embrace your current home because every home has a silver lining.

I’m inspired by the likes of Tina Fey, Gretchen Rubin, Tim Ferris, Ann Voskamp, and Mrs. Crawley (Matthew’s mom from Downton Abby, God rest his TV soul). You can also find me writing monthly for DaySpring’s (in)courage and weekly on my blog, Nesting Place.


john and emilyEmily P. Freeman

I am a quiet, contemplative writer with a loud, obnoxious laugh and an emotional allergy to small talk. Technically I’m an introvert, but from the outside you probably wouldn’t know it.

I’ve written several books – Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life and Graceful (For Young Women). My most recent release is A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live. My husband, John, and I live in Greensboro, North Carolina with our three children: twin girls who look like him and a son who looks like me.

People who inspire courage in me are Larry Crabb, Seth Godin, Hannah Whitall Smith, and Julia Sugarbaker. I’m also a monthly contributor to DaySpring’s (in)courage and write several times a week on my blog, Chatting at the Sky.


annie barnettAnnie Barnett, Contributing Artist

I am an artist and child at heart who loves discovering beauty in ordinary places. When I’m not making art, I can be found mothering two wildly fun little girls alongside my husband Ted; or perhaps writing; or experimenting with blueberries and goat cheese in the kitchen, preferably with friends gathered around. I write sporadically at annieathome.com and share my art at besmallstudios.com.


A throw-back family photo just for kicks. Guess who?


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