About Me


(Scroll down for a few photos from some important events in our lives during 2014)

Welcome to Growing4Life! I have spent much of the past twenty-five years dedicated to raising (and home-schooling) the four wonderful kids that God gave my husband and me. Along with parenting, we work together in our landscaping business, which he started in 1987. We were married one year later, 1988, and started our family in 1990. We are deeply committed to Jesus Christ and to each other.  In the last few years, I have found myself with a little bit of extra time on my hands, as my kids are growing into young adults and so I decided to start this blog.Allebach-11

Here are a few personal details about me–

I love to read. I especially love to read old books that pull no punches about the Christian life (authors like Tozer, Murray, and Calvin). I also love to read missionary biographies. These, by far, have been the most challenging to my status quo Christianity. I also love to read books that teach me about history. I know that I will never be able to read all of the books I want to in my lifetime, but I keep chipping away at it, one book at a time.

I am very thankful that God created flowers and find their beauty inspiring, whether they are from my garden, a florist, or even on a painting. I enjoy photography (at a very amateur level) and especially love capturing shots of family, flowers, and the sky, which I find to be an amazing canvas of God’s creativity almost every day. I can’t imagine life without music. Many evenings my family will find me at my beloved piano, making up my own tunes to relieve some of the feelings inside that just can’t be expressed with words.

But my great love is writing. Using words to express thoughts has always been a great love of mine. And so this blog is the fruit of that love. I am dedicated to speaking the Truth of God’s Word with love and grace. My prayer is that God will use this blog to encourage and challenge fellow believers,  just as I am often encouraged and challenged by so many of you.

Thanks for stopping by–

♥ Leslie ♥


Exciting Changes in 2014

Lots of changes happening in our lives this year, as is often the case during this time of life.  Our daughter got married in June. It was a gorgeous day and we are so glad to welcome Seth into our family.

Wedding Collage


But thaIMG_0792t’s not all! In September, our son got engaged to a wonderful girl. They are planning a June wedding in 2015.

Yep, things are definitely changing around here!



And there is evIMG_1512en on more thing to announce! To finish out 2014, our second daughter got engaged mid-December to a great guy.  They are planning a July, 2015 wedding.

Feeling blessed and perhaps a little old, too :) Trying to catch my breath in this whirlwind of changes! 2015 is going to be a little crazy!


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10 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I’ve enjoyed reading several of your posts, and look forward to reading even more. God has gifted you…please continue to share that gift with the world! May God bless you, your marriage, your children, and generations yet to come!

  2. Hey Leslie! I have enjoyed your blogs…plus keeping up with your family. Do you ever speak at women’s events? We always do a distict event in the fall (60-70 women) and just wondered if you might be an option for us. Tell Eric hi for us.


  3. Thanks for allowing us to share in such a memorable and spiritual wedding . Love your blog. Will be praying for the newly weds as well as you and your so wonderful family God bless each of you. Love Nana and Papa Smith.

    • I am so very glad you could come all the way from California! It was such a blessing to meet you both! I may turn up out there in California one of these days with Dawn :) You just never know! haha

  4. Thank you for your inspiration. I happened across your blog looking for another site and so blessed that I did. 15 minutes was the blog and oh my if that didn’t speak to me!!! I love how God works like this!! I was literally just talking with my husband last night about making changes for the new year and all the things I wanted to accomplish. Your blog felt like God was confirming that and was telling me to just give it 15 minutes a day!!! I read that if you listen to an audio of the Bible for 15 min a day that you can listen to the entire Bible in a year. I suppose the same would be true for reading. Again thank you, and thank God. I love your blogs, how real and encouraging!!!