Friday, October 25, 2013

Hope Spoken Link Up

My name is Anna Joy French.  I am a wife, mom, soon-to-be college graduate, trained graphic/web designer, and a self-taught seamstress.  I recently married my boyfriend of 8 years and the papa of my son.  That is a whole God redeeming story that deserves a post on it's own.  I am a mama to a very energetic and independent 4 year old who loves to build legos and puzzles.  I am about to graduate from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications AKA Graphic Design.  I will start work full time as a graphic/web designer for a marketing company in December.  And last but not least, I run For The Love of Joy, where I made Child's Name Pillows and Patchwork Boppy Covers for the last 4 years.  This next year, I will be focused more on designing quilt patterns, fabrics, and teaching what I know about quilting to others who are just starting out!  I live in Texas and love being outdoors camping and hiking with my family.  I love animals and wish I had a farm and could do that full time.  I am a "crunchy" mom that buys all organic foods, drinks raw milk, and rubs essential oils on her family.  And that's about it!

I am so excited to go to Hope Spoken.  I recently found out about this conference a couple of months ago.  I had no idea that it was happening mainly in part because I haven't read blogs or followed much of anyone awesome in so long due to my busy-ness.  But when I found out about it and that it was in Dallas, I knew I had to go!  From this event, I hope to take away stronger relationships with women I already know and build new relationships with friends I will make through Jesus.  I pray that we can experience together an amazing, in your face, God moment that we will remember always.  I hope to be broken and renewed when it is all over.

I am a shy person.  As in, I don't like to open up about my personal life.  I can talk about anything else but when it comes to my heart, it is very hard to share...even with my own husband and closes friends.  I am trusting in the Lord and giving Him that fear daily because I know the story he has written for my life is very important to share.  I know He doesn't want me to bottle it up and because I love Him, I will tell everyone what He has done for me.  And I hope my story glorifies Him and encourages others!

Something random about me...I drink coffee morning, noon, and night without it affecting my sleep cycle (probably cause I am immuned to caffeine!), I always choose the food I eat by how crunchy the texture is...the crunchier the better, and sometimes I wish I could be on the cast of SNL because I think to make people laugh is the best.

See you all at Hope Spoken!


  1. You had me at coffee...well earlier than that, but there's just something about coffee drinkers - excited about this conference!!

  2. YOU ARE SO COOL. Seriously. I'm so excited to get to know you better when we're roomies. What a stinking blessing! I can't wait! PS You're welcome on the farm any time :)

  3. See you there! Big SNL fan here, sooo...:-)


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