TeresaWelcome! I am Teresa Hirst, author of Flowers of Grace, a novel inspired by a true story, and Twelve Stones to Remember Him, a nonfiction account of twelve families who met the Great Recession with faith. I blogged at Illuminate Everyday from January 2008-April 2015. I now write at my official author website teresahirst.com. You can also find me on most social media.

I live with a rare cancer called neuroendocrine cancer. I was diagnosed in 2014 with a primary tumor in my appendix and choose gratitude and faith to cope with this chronic disease.

For the most part, my everyday realms are ordinary, but they are a microcosm of larger realms. To illuminate is to provide or brighten with light, to make understandable, to clarify and to enlighten. My writing is a creative process to discover that light and elevate the everyday rather than denigrate it.

I live in Minnesota with my husband, Paul, and three children. He is the behind-the-scenes part of this website team, my web designer and technical guru. I love that he makes me look good.

I’m a Mormon, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While my faith influences my content, I invite you, no matter what your faith, to discover your own light in my words and experiences. Please feel free to peruse the archives through the categories of Nurture, Create, Believe, or Ponder. Or find posts alphabetically in the index.

Happy Reading!