About Me

ASP_9942Welcome to Growing4Life! I am so glad you stopped by. I don’t claim to be a biblical scholar or anything special. I just love the Lord and His Word and hope that this little blog will turn my readers towards Him and help them grow in their desire to know His Word.

My husband, Eric, and I were married in 1988, after meeting in college. I have spent much of the past twenty-five years dedicated to raising (and home-schooling) the four wonderful kids that God graciously entrusted to us. Along with parenting, we work together in our landscaping business, which Eric started in 1987. 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 in 2010.Allebach-11

Here are a few personal details about me–

I love to read. I especially love to read old classics that pull no punches about the Christian life. 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. You will find a few of my favorite books here.

I love flowers and am so very thankful that God created these colorful symbols of life. I 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. And 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–





A Few Family Photos–

As many of you already know, the years of 2014 and 2015 brought great change to our family. We had three weddings within thirteen months. I thought you may enjoy viewing a few shots from these special events in our lives. While it is a bit of a struggle to adjust to such a dramatic change in our lives, we do feel very blessed and thankful for each one of the young people who has joined our family. God is so good!

Our oldest daughter’s wedding (June 2014)

Our son’s wedding (June 2015)


Our middle daughter’s wedding (July 2015)


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13 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!!!

  5. Leslie — what a blessing to find your blog.. as a shared blog from my cousin on facebook. The world gets smaller!!! What a wonderful family you have since last seeing you in 86 at Grace. Blessings to you and Eric!!

    • Hi Christy! I am so glad you took the time to comment. How are you doing? What have you been up to? It’s so hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since our Grace days, isn’t it?

  6. Thank you for all the posts you have put on here regarding people using OMG. I agree with you wholeheartedly and have reprimanded friends and family who have done this. It bothers me when I hear it or read it somewhere and i cannot back down on my Christian beliefs and must take a stand when I need too! I am sorry if I offend anyone but I must stand for my God because He has always been there for me.
    God bless you for what you do!