Meet Kelli

Welcome to This Odd House!

I created this space in 2013 as a place to share how God was renovating my heart and my life–in the hopes that He might use my journey to encourage you.

I am passionate about family and home, authentic conversations over coffee, spiritual growth, and the Word of God–so most of my posts will be about some combination of these things.

I studied Communications and Technical Writing at Cedarville College, Religious Education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE), and Creative Writing at Roosevelt University (MFA).

I am married to the most patient, wise, God-fearing man I know. And we have the privilege of teaching together at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Me in Communications; Peter in Education.

In 2015 Peter and I released our first book together, 20 Things We’d Tell Our Twentysomething SelvesWe enjoy speaking at young adult and marriage retreats, and you can find lots more information about this book at our joint website:

In August 2017, my first solo book will be released: Pierced and Embraced: Seven Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ. This book grew out of a series of messages that I have had the privilege of sharing at several women’s retreats.

Peter and I have two beautiful children through adoption: Daryl (8) adopted domestically, and Amelia (5) adopted from China. And for the past year and a half, we have been trying our hand at homeschooling. This is not for the faint of heart. 

The This Odd House title comes, in part, from the fact that I have always loved old homes and grew up watching the This OLD House television show. If you go all the way back to my first-ever blog post, you will find a brief explanation. Since 2005, we have lived in and renovated our charming 1920s Craftsman home. Isn’t she cute? She’s a work in progress, and I do adore her, but she does overwhelm me and drain our savings account on a semi-regular basis.

So, all of that to say, thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll check back often. I’m so glad you’re here!

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