AnnieLaurieI think its “about” time for me to update this about page! 🙂

I started this blog in 2007 after attending a women’s conference called After Eve at McLean Bible Church.  At the conference, the speakers encouraged the gathering of young women to stop putting off our dreams.  The quote if I remember correctly is “You are not getting any younger!” 🙂  A dream of mine since I was a little girl was to write so I took a cue from the conference and started this blog.  I had just turned 30 that year, so I took this advice as a warning to stop siting on my hands and start writing!

I call the blog My Living Canvas because I wanted this to be a place where I could record my observations about life.  When I started out, my focus was on God, Marriage, Missions, Music and Life as I know it.  Since then I have expanded my topics as life seasons have changed and as I have grown to be braver in what I share.

A little about me… Christ follower, wife, mommy!!, daughter, volunteer, missionary, employee, southerner, world traveler, music lover, party thrower, cook, reader, writer, passionate, creative, loud, shy, visionary, idealist, silly, serious, sinfully reckless, wounded, striving toward humility, miraculously redeemed.

If you spend any time reading this stuff, I sincerely thank you for your time and I pray that you are encouraged by something you see here.  I don’t pull any punches, and I speak from the truth of my own personal experiences.  If you ever have any questions or want to talk about anything you see here feel free to contact me at annielauriewalters at gmail dot com.


Just in case the FTC actually knows my blog exists:  I am an official book review blogger for Thomas Nelson publishing.  They send me free books.  I read the books and write what I think of the books on my blog.  Not all books I write about on my blog come free from Thomas Nelson.  If they do come from Thomas Nelson you will know because I always link to TN’s web site in my review.  All other items that I review or talk about I pay for myself.  I am not important enough to get a ton of free stuff.  But if I do get something for free I promise to disclose that to you.  Thanks for reading.  – ALW

Legal stuff: I write for myself, and myself only.  My views are my own and not necessarily the views of my employer.  Thanks for making the distinction.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Marci says:

    Dear AnnieLaurie:

    Love your mission!

    Nice name, “My Living Canvas”, where’d you get the inspiration for that name? Is it original? Are you near Cali?

  2. AnnieLaurie says:

    Thanks Marci! I thought through several different names before choosing this one. I wanted to create a space that allowed me the freedom to focus on the topics that mean the most to me, but to not limit myself. I love the imagery of a blank canvas, a fresh start, and limitless opportunity: )

  3. ukrainiac says:

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today… it’s nice to know that people DO come around from time-to-time. PLUS it’s great to hear from a missionary serving on another continent! Praying for you! Come back and visit again.

  4. disableme says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I like your idea about a living canvas. Wonderful!
    God Bless

    In Him,

  5. Moses says:

    I like this blog. It is the most impressive so far I had come accross especially the intimacy, frankness and personal nature of it. Love to hear from. God bless you.

  6. idodeclare says:

    Um…you left out “friend”

  7. cloudoflace says:

    Enjoyed reading your ‘About’ page, as much as I’m looking forwards to exploring the rest of your site 🙂

    1. AnnieLaurie says:

      Thank you! I am going to check out your site now!

  8. Annette says:


    One of my friends at church suggested today that I seriously consider writing a blog after reading my e-mails this week. I found your blog because I was googling Eburru. I went there too, last year. I loved it and hope to return! I also go to McLean Bible Church (the Prince William campus). I guess we have more than a few things in common. I read some of your entries and they were encouraging to me, especially the one on holiness/discipline. I’m right there with you. Thanks. God bless!

    1. AnnieLaurie says:

      Hey Annette! Thanks for your comment. Thats great you have been to Eburru, was a live changing experience for me! My husband and I were part of the team that started David’s Hope so that is cool to connect with someone who has gone since then. Write that blog girl! Its a great discipline. Send me a link to it when you get it going!

  9. Kate says:

    I had started following you some time ago when I started blogging a few years ago (which I stopped and have started again), and somehow I lost the email updates I had been getting – which I just found again! Looking forward to following your blog once more. Love your story and how you started .It’s what motivated me to get started again…really, just a prompting from The Lord to pick up writing again too. A very good old high school friend is the worship pastor at McLean Bible Church (Will Pavone), so that was cool to see. God bless you with your new baby. We are still trying but believe that God hears our prayers. Great blog!

    1. AnnieLaurie says:

      Hey Kate! Thanks for the comments:) I look forward to checking out your blog too!

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