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–






Here is our most recent family photo (December 2015)–






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30 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!

    • I don’t criticize the unsaved, either, but I am sure concerned for their souls. The Bible tells us that no man can come unto the Father, except through Jesus. (John 14:6) If we honestly believe this is true, then the most loving thing we can do is point them to the truth.

      And, yes, He does judge us. For you to say God doesn’t judge you would mean that you don’t know scripture very well or perhaps you don’t believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. Here are some verses for you to consider as you do your own study–

      2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

      John 9:38-39 He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”

      John 16:7-9 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.

  7. Hello Leslie, I just came across your website and look forward to receiving your writings through email. I am a homeschooling Mom also. We are preparing our older son for his Senior year of high school and our younger son for Freshman year! Wow! Thank you for your messages!

  8. Hi ran across your blog and was blessed and encouraged! Please keep on sharing and sounding the trumpet of truth! Those who love truth and want to “walk in the light as He is in the light” will seemingly always be outnumbered by those who don’t..maybe until that great day when we all realize who THE TRUTH is.Anyway it’s wonderful and inspiring to read your thoughts.And thank-you for the references to scripture on the bottom.That really is the “bottom line”…love you! a sister in the Lord, Marian

  9. Leslie: I am new to your blog. But, thank you so much for posting about people using omg. This is something that I have taught my 12 year old from the start that we do not use God’s name in vain. We try very hard to make sure that we don’t use any slang terms. For our family this is just not an acceptable. So it truly hurts my heart and causes me to cringe when I hear others doing this. I truly enjoy your blog. Thanks for all you do. Blessings,
    Cathy Maddox

  10. I saw your writings on omg through a share from a friend of mine at church. Thank you so much for addressing this topic. I too cringe when I hear this used especially by my nieces & nephews. I lack courage to talk to them about it. They were raised in a Christian home & it confounds me with their continual use of those words/initials. OMG does not mean “oh my goodness”. May I suggest using Oh My Word (omw) if anyone is looking for a more appropriate phrase. Again I thank you.

  11. What a wonderful post!!! I have often talked to my kids about their “bad language”. For some it does some good, but to others it “Oh,Mom!!” Thank you for putting this on FB. I am 87 yrs old and I hope I see all my children know Christ before I leave this earth!!!

  12. I have just discovered your blog and so far it is great.I thank you so much for the posting and look forward to more.
    God bless you.

  13. Hi Leslie! I found you after a friend posted your current blog on Facebook (which I wholeheartedly agree with!), and love your blog–seems we are kindred spirits! I have four grown children and 7 grandchildren–and my daughter and son-in-law gave me three who live in Madagascar as missionaries! I love to read, write, and photograph everything from grandbabies to the wildlife and wildflowers in my yard! You can find me @ wateringcanblog.com –hope you stop by!

  14. I totally enjoy reading your posts. I have learned so much about the people that are teaching false doctrine. I am glad to know that you are writing things to open my eyes to truth. ThANk you for talking about God the way you do.