I am beyond happy that you’ve taken a moment to stop by and visit.

Ali Carter - Life Mentor & Christian Coach
Picture provided by the talented Ellie at Expressions Photography

Everyone has a story.

Mine isn’t any more difficult or easy than anyone else’s.

It is simply mine.

And I am honored to share it with you.

So, who am I?

Well …

I am a lover of life's simple little luxuries, spending my days caring for our home, this beautiful family of mine, attending committee meetings and nurturing ministries… generally tending to the details of life.

I am a wife to an amazing man (really...I can't imagine life without Mike), mother to two big-hearted and wonderful teenage children, blessed stepmother of two young men, and grandmother to a darling little one (yep, you read that correctly! I am a grandma!).

I am a hugger, a voracious reader, a messy want-to-be-artist and DIY-er, a home chef and hostess, a thriving autoimmune disease sufferer, and a believer in Jesus.

Family moment captured a few years ago by Lisa at Bluesixteen

Life is full and often incredibly wonderful…
but definitely not always joyful or easy.

When beauty and contentment do not present themselves I’ve learned that it takes just a teeny bit of commitment to cultivate them.

It’s all in the details!

This means creating an inviting and well cared for home, a refuge for friends and family. Savoring the morning cup of coffee, enjoying the glass of wine, and hugging my loved ones often. It means moments of quiet time and prayer. Soaking the space around me in music that moves me and scents that entice me. Digging my hands into the soil, nurture little plants, and watching them grow. Using the pretty dishes and gathering my family around the table to dine. It means fresh flowers and good food, and reminding myself that life is an ongoing adventure even when it feels mundane.

I make no claims of perfection however.

You won't need to search very hard to discover my failures and hurts and struggles.

Yet, every tiny moment of each day, every discovery, experience, mistake, and lesson learned, entwines together in a compilation of those tended-to-details and creates the story.

So come along, be a part of the journey and learn with me, as I tend to the details of life here on Granite Ridge!