Meet Elise


I’m Elise. Wife to an amazing man, mom to 4 daughters and one precious little boy, shop owner of Little Lunch Maker.



No matter who you are or what you’ve done or where you are in life right now — you are welcome here.


I took this pic during one of the darkest times of my life — during intense grieving. And I still smiled because of this truth: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5

I will use every dark shadow that comes my way as further evidence of the loving, death-destroying, all-powerful Light.

Where there’s a shadow, there’s a light.

God’s first recorded words burn in my soul and my aim is to live this: Let.  there. be. light.”

This blog is slices of a private journey made public because God keeps encouraging me “Share anything good that I give you. Life is too brief to withhold.”

“The Giving Place” is in His presence. It’s where I want to live. The best gift of being in His presence is that we reflect more of Him — the Giver. Then we have the ability to share what we’ve received and in turn give good gifts to others. The Giving Place. Receive to reflect and become a mini Giving Place. I know no greater joy.

It’s an honor to share with you.

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One more important thing…

My heart beats inside these crazy-wonderful people:


And here is an abnormally calm + sweet photo of most of my crew…



Aren’t they gorgeous? I can barely stand how much I love them.

I have zero pics of my whole family together – but if you go to my Instagram you can see my handsome little man, who is now as old as my youngest daughter you see in the pic above! Time flies!

 Want a little more background?

Here are some posts that will give you more insight on my life-and-God-and-you perspective:


The One Question that Could Change Every Relationship

Four Ways to Be a Part of the Solution #YesAllWomen

How I Approach the Hot Topic of Modesty

When You Feel Weak and Useless to God and Others

About Kiddos:

What is the Hardest Part of Your Day?

The Post that May Make You Not Want to Have Children

Because People Get Opinionated if You Have More than Three Children

My prodigal years:

To the Parents of Prodigal Children

Why You Struggle with Addictive Behaviors — And How to Be Free From Them All

Selah’s adoption:

His Daughter

On being a makeup artist (about beauty):

Beautiful Evidence

Hearing God through Prayer:

There Are Certain People God Will Speak to — Are You One of Them?

How to Meet with God and Hear from Him

If You Want to Know What God’s Voice Sounds Like: The Distinction

The Giver  


You know I need a certain level of adult interaction to stay sane — so type away!

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My other online spaces:

My family business: Little Lunch Maker




  • Gasp! I have a little girl named Selah! I’ve met one other Selah thus far at a church we visited. Since you have good taste in names, the one on my list that I adore that my husband hates in Charis or Karis. It means grace in Greek, I think it sounds so pretty. Good luck with the names, the hubs and I disagree on names pretty much until my due date (except for Selah ironically).

    • Hi Vivian!

      How amazing!! Great minds 🙂 … Karis is actually one of the names I wanted that my husband vetoed!

      It’s okay though, right? We’ve got like, a whole six weeks left…

  • Oh I am going to adore this blog! I can just tell!!!

  • found the topic of name interesting. when one of my daughters wanted suggestions on names, i recommended karis/charis for the same reasons mentioned. (more imaginitive than the name grace:) i figure it can be doctored up to karissa or charissa and still mean the same thing to you.

    other names my (3) girls have named their kids? anabella, mia, caroline, quinn (middle name abigail) makes it not confusing for her teachers., amelia (but call her millie) another source of names can be interesting family names that might work as first names. (quinn’s name wasn’t one of those but could hve been) names like blake can work for girls too…just in case you need some other directions:)

    my husband and i had the hardest time with girls’ names…and girls is what we had! we each liked different kinds of names. we could have named lots of boys! we liked the same kinds of names. oh well. girls are delightful for sure:)

    • Martha… nice to meet you! 🙂

      Same here… my husband and I have some boy names we could fairly easily agree on, I think ( I have eliminated his votes for “Hurdicuss Maximus”, “Xerxes” etc) … but this being the fourth girl, we are definitely having to work a bit harder. 🙂

  • O,Elise! It is so nice to meet you. You have no idea how God’s timing brought me here today!

  • We are friends already. I love that you likened your #3 to Sandy Crood, love that you don’t put others, yourself, or God in a box, and love that you are walking in wild obedience and sharing our God’s stories to encourage others and give Him glory! (My level of love is not necessarily in that particular order.) 🙂

    I’m so thankful FMF connected us and I look forward to hanging out in your corner of the web more!


    P.S. If you’re ever in Southern California, drop Haylee off at my house. She’ll fit right in with my dirt-loving/eating boys. 🙂

  • Hi Elise!
    What a lovely blog! And you have a lovely family!
    I will go back and read all the posts as soon as I have time. Be seeing you at one to pick up the couch.

  • Hello Dear Elise,

    I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog today but I know it was divine providence that brought me here. As I read the beautiful messages of faith, courage, hospitality and of a heart for service, healing tears filled my eyes. Thank you for letting your light shine. The greatest evidence of the power of Christianity that can be presented to the world is a well-ordered, well-disciplined family. This will recommend the truth as nothing else can, for it is a living witness of its practical power upon the heart. God bless you Elise as you continue blessing all of us. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

  • A true attempt at reconciliation for both victims and offenders as viewed by our Lord.

    Yes there are sites that address offenders and their families who usually face the same shame and rejection as the offender themselves. I’m talking about those offenders who have been caught, convicted, and have served the punishment prescribed by the courts, not those who have never been caught or that may still be offending, who by far are the greatest majority and are the greatest risk.

    Not only does society still reject those now on the sex offender registry, and not let them move on with their lives, but even more so their families and loved ones who were often times the victims, are continued to now be victimized by society. Remember that for every person on the sex offender registry, there are spouses, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, and many many others impacted not only by the offense committed, but by the ongoing shame, rejection, bullying, unemployment, homelessness, and unforgiveness that is encountered daily in the lives of those on the registry and by their loved ones. Often this occurs directly in their churches.

    Only through the reconciliation of Jesus Christ, is true forgiveness and healing possible. SOSEN has a faith board where members can share how their faith is working to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the lives of others around them.

    For sites that address the ongoing needs of offenders, see:
    Sex Offenders Solutions and Education Networm,
    Women Against the Registry,
    Reform Sex Offender Laws,

  • Hi Elise, I literally typed, “God, I’m losing my mind” into the google search box out of complete desperation and your site popped up. I really didn’t know what i was going to get but it was perfect. It really is the smallest things that push us off the edge. Our circumstances are not exact but my situation involves, husbands, step & my kids, and then the list continues on with the house, money, etc. You know what I mean, anyways, thank you for listening to God so that I could learn through you. I still don’t quite know how to give my mind to God, but it’s a start. If you have any tips I’m happy to listen! I am a born again Christian, and have recently been trying to get closer to God and try to be a better wife, mom, friend, etc. It all just got that much harder for some reason. The more I try to keep my temper or be patient the more I lose it. Anyways, feel good knowing that God’s plan is still working for the good almost exactly one year after you posted.

    • Hi Shoshana!

      Can I just hug you? Can I just tell you that you are not alone, not a failure, not going to stay in this same season/how you are right now? God is faithful to continue helping us to become more and more like Himself! With Jesus, change for the better is something we can absolutely count on!

      For a tip about where to start… the book Believing God by Beth Moore changed my life. It helped me in many of the practical ways I needed to renew my mind/give my mind to God. The book The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp has/is currently helping me with a lot with the losing-your-mind struggles that overwhelm your heart.

      Also? For some serious encouragement in being a mom? My dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog is so helpful:

      I hope this helps, sister! It is a joy to meet you here!



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