I'm Anneliese.

I am thoughtful, ebullient, and unashamedly in love with the outdoors.

I started writing when I was 6 months old. My mom says I picked up a pencil and started writing X's and O's. I haven't really stopped since (besides for a short break to learn how to walk and talk).

I write for myself because I'm too forgetful to remember special things without writing. I write for others because I believe that I see the world in my own unique way, and I want to share it. I write for God because I believe he has given me a gift, and to let it lie fallow is like telling Him I don't care.

I live with my husband (Curtis, he's very wonderful) in a one bedroom corner apartment (that we call The Mansion) on the 8th floor that looks over the Chicago skyline. We sleep in on Saturdays, go on walks, and make an abundance of homemade pizza. We love life.

I watch: White Collar, Parks & Rec, Psych, the Cubs, and whichever football team Curtis chooses for the day.

I love to hear: Jon Guerra, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, rain on the pavement, wind in the leaves, laughing babies, falling snow (it does have a sound, I promise), the Mulan soundtrack, and various Broadway musicals.

I read: Louisa May Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Ann Lamott, A.W. Tozer, the Wall Street Journal, Kate Conner, Rosie de Rosset, Eric Metaxas, David McCullough, Seth Godin, Peggy Noonan, and all the good fiction I can find.

I love: sunshine, summer linen, all the colors of sunset, music, and everything Colorado.

The better I know Jesus Christ, the more I love HIm.