Meet Becky Ramsey

About the blog

Welcome to my blog home. I’m Becky and I’m so glad you’re here. I hope you’ll join me as we take ordinary life by the shoulders, stand it up gently and give it a good onceover for God’s handiwork, tousling its hair and emptying its pockets. If we give it a care-full frisking, something holy always falls out. I’ll be here each week, blogging about faith and family.

About Godly Play

This is also where I help teachers prepare to share the sacred stories of the Bible in Godly Play style almost every Monday afternoon. Have you met Godly Play? I’d love to introduce you to this creative form of Christian nurture that so artfully respects the innate spirituality of children, helping them to see where they fit in the holy stories and to find the holy stories in their own stories. Come to think of it, that’s what this whole blog is about!

About my books and other publications

Can a family of five from deep in the heart of Dixie find happiness smack dab in the middle of France? Check out my first book, French By Heart, published by Random House’s Broadway Books, and find out. Read a review by the New York Times and find out more about it here.

As I’ve spoken at book clubs, universities and all sorts of gatherings about how living in France changed my life, I couldn’t help but allude to the spiritual story that I didn’t share in French By Heart, the tale of how a holy card from the flea market set me on an accidental pilgrimage through my strange French life, collecting an entire deck of unlikely saints and sacred nothings, each earning a card of its own. Whether encountering a silver haired prostitute or a girl in a clown nose, a bowl of cidre in a stranger’s garage or a fairy godmother clock dressed in red, each holy moment whispered or sang or sneaked into my tired worker bee heart, teaching me the wildness of God’s love and what grace really means.

You can find more about my writing here, including magazine articles and devotional work.

Becky Ramsey

About my family

My favorite thing to do is to hang out with my family. May I share a little about them?

Husband Todd spends his days as my very own Michelin Man, cycles in his spare time and likes making things like homemade muscadine wine and fruitcake that people actually eat.

Daughter Sarah is an occupational therapist, helping residents in her nursing home learn to care for themselves. In return, they sing her songs and tell her stories and occasionally ask her to run off with them to Gatlinburg for the weekend. Too bad for them that she’s newly married to counselor Paul, who we affectionately call the Paulai Lama, because of the calming influence and free therapy he gives our loud family.

After four years away at college, middle child Ben is back at home again, attending medical school just five minutes from our house. We try to refrain from acting too excited that we get to enjoy his company, and he pays us back with fascinating details about diseases that we might get one day.

Youngest child Sam spends half his high school day studying film at the Fine Arts Center and drives a car with a horn that plays 36 different songs, including the theme to Rocky. He also likes to buy weird things at garage sales to resell online. Need 3 pocket watches or a 1950’s board game? Sam’s your man.

Jack and Jill enjoy galloping through the house, knocking pens off nightstands, turning over cups of water, and popping out of shoes. When they’re not impersonating leprechauns, they’re either wrestling each other or snoozing. Lucky for them they’re cute.

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About Me

Some quick facts on me? Apart from hanging out with my people, some of my favorite things include listening to kids talk, scouring flea markets for junk to put in my house, and spotting faces in everyday things.  I like crepes with Nutella and banana, crossword puzzles on Sunday afternoons, and the sound of a gurgling creek. I can walk for miles and miles and drink exceedingly hot liquids (which has always impressed my children- hey, you claim your talents where you can!) Writing and making things are my favorite ways to pray.

Becky Ramsey