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ABOUT ELLEN SWALLEY

I live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my handsome, breakdancer husband Michael,  and our sweet and spunky baby girls, Emerson (4), Shay (3)and Jovie (almost 2).  As you can see from their ages, we have 3 girlies 4 and under, so the fun never stops at the Swalley house!

Things I love: my sweet little family, taking lots of pictures, watching my husband breakdance, shopping at Target, coffee black, spending quality time with friends, and hair products, lots of them.  I also love to refurbish thrifted furniture and attempt lots of diy crafts.  I love to do impersonations of people, but my only celebrity impersonation is singing like Aaron Neville, so basically I do impersonations of regular people.   Is Elmo a celebrity?  Because my daughter thinks I sound just like him, so maybe that counts too :)  I love to study the Bible and discuss it with my husband, as well as read it to my daughters, although currently Shay just wants to stay on the pages that show animals, and Jovie just likes to rip the pages.

Currently reading: Entrusted with a Child's Heart {Betsy Corning}, With {Skye Jethani}, Daring Greatly {Brene' Brown}.


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My love story, aka my favorite story:
I have lived in IL my whole life, except for a brief hiatus in 2008 when I moved to Dallas, TX to attend seminary at Dallas Theological Seminary.  Surprisingly, they let me graduate with my Masters Degree in Biblical Studies (though I'm still waiting for a call that they want their degree back).  I was far more social than academic while there...I digress.  The greatest blessing while I was in seminary  is that I met my husband there in the Spring of 2011, in the apartment building on campus where we both lived.  We had been attending the same seminary for two years, had mutual friends, but never met.  We happened to pass by each other in the hallway one January day in 2011, introduce ourselves...and then not run into each other again for a good three months.  Then, after a few more random interactions, on May 19th, three weeks before I was moving back to IL, he decided to knock on my apartment door and ask me on a date.  Dilemma ensued.  He still had two years to go in seminary in Dallas, I was done and moving back home.  So we did what any right-minded couple would do who were realllllly into each other: we speed-dated for those three weeks in Dallas, then dated long distance while I was in IL, got engaged 10 weeks after our first date (yep!), and then got married, almost six months to the day of our first date.  What can I say, we just 'knew'.  Our little miracle girl Emerson was born in May of 2013, our second little girl Shay was born in September of 2014, and our newest girlie, Jovie, was born March 2016.  The five of us currently reside in the suburbs of IL and yes, we love the cold weather.  Really, we do.  We run a nonprofit breakdance ministry out of our home called Breakfree Ministries and we are passionate about serving Jesus Christ with our lives, our marriage, and our family.  We'd love to get to know you and hopefully meet you soon!