Meet Carol

Allume Headshots 2013-AllumeHeadFinals-0387Hi! Welcome to my website. So glad you dropped by.

This site is a melding of two of my greatest passions; architecture and family, so it may look a little different than your typical business page. In addition to featuring information and portfolios of my business, designing custom residential floor plans, I’ve also created a blog I hope will minister to women in the midst of the challenges of marriage and motherhood. Read on to find out how these topics aren’t as different as you might imagine.

 

 

 

 

I’m a wife and mother who lives on a farm in upstate South Carolina. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart, John, for 31 years and love being a stay-at-home mom to our 20 year-old son, Jacob, and 23 year-old-daughter, Elise.

As an residential designer, I’m blessed to be able to freelance from home, helping clients design their dream homes or drawing plans for various types of remodels and additions. I have a passion for all aspects of houses, from designing and decorating, to helping others fill their homes with strong families who love and serve the Lord. My love for architectural details and design can be translated to building spiritual homes. As I work out the plan of a house, I envision myself living there, contemplating how I would use certain rooms and spaces. Maybe this is how we need to look at the spiritual design of our homes. What does each area look like according to God’s Word and how do we follow His plan? We must take it one area at a time so we aren’t overwhelmed by it all. We build strong homes over a period of time, one story at a time, not all at once.

Carol and John

Along with being a residential designer and keeper of the home, I’ve worked in womens’ ministry for 18 years, doing everything from teaching a ladies’ Sunday School class to leading Bible studies and planning and coordinating numerous events and retreats. I’ve also worked with teen girls in a mentoring group, You-nique Girls. Through all of these experiences, God has taught me how much He loves and cares about each of us as we struggle to live a fulfilling life, not one of exhaustion, chaos and guilt. He created us to be nurturers of the home, not perfect housewives who rival Ozzie and Harriet. As a recovering perfectionist, I can truly appreciate God accepting us as imperfect as we are, and using us to glorify Him.

I’ve been preparing for God’s calling to minister to women through writing and speaking by attending the following conferences:

  • Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, winning first place for my blog in 2016
  •  Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, winning first place in devotions with Overcoming the Mountain of Great Expectations and second place for my blog  in 2014. I won third place for my devotional entry The Courage to Believe in 2013
  • The Allume blogging conference in 2013 and 2014
  • Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks graduate in 2013
  • Christian Communicators graduate in 2012
  • Ann Graham Lotz’ Filling Up to Overflow in 1997, 1998 and 2000, which included two graduate courses
  • I’m currently a member of Cross-N-Pens, a local writers critique group
  • I’ve also had articles published with Guideposts magazineChristianDevotions.us, American Daily Herald and Guideposts.com

Elise and Jacob

My favorite place to be is with my family, sitting around a bonfire, entertaining friends or just hanging out together watching movies. I love to read Christian non-fiction and am head-over-heels for chocolate and cookies (or pretty much anything with sugar in it). I also love sipping gas station french vanilla cappuccinos. I know, call me a snob. I just can’t take the high-test stuff. 🙂

I’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to connect with me, go to my contact page and send me an e-mail. I can’t wait to meet you!  ~  Carol

 

 

Roper Family

 

                             

 Speaking Ministry

I’m currently working on developing my speaking ministry page and topics. Please check back for updates.  You can also contact me directly for booking information through my contact page.

 

Link to One Sheet

 

 

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