Hi! I'm Shelly Wildman and I'm so glad you're here!

I met my sweetheart at Wheaton College, married him three weeks after graduation, and have made it my life's goal to come to grips with our last name. Someday I'll get there. I'm also a mom to three grown up daughters who inspire me, encourage me, and tell me how to dress. Someday I'll get that right, too.

What I really want you to know, though, is that my life, while really full, isn't special because of anything I've done. My life has been a journey through grief and joy, struggle and peace. God has used the hard parts to refine me and to show me a life that is truly LIFE. I'm so grateful for the journey.

A Little About Me

I have a B.A. in Literature from Wheaton College (1985) and an M.A. in English Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1988). I have worked in all kinds of jobs including fundraising, PR, and marketing, not to mention I was a really good waitress throughout those grad school years. Most recently I was a Visiting Instructor at Wheaton College where my job description said I taught writing, but mostly I got to hang out with students.

The most recent exciting development in my life is that I'm writing a book! Look for it in late 2017 (I think).

As a board member of the Redbud Writers Guild, I have been featured on the Redbud Post, our monthly magazine that features work of some of our members. In addition, I am a monthly contributor to Mothers of Daughters and have guest posted at various sites including (in)Courage (twice!),  Grace Table, and For Every Mom (twice!).

I also speak at women's events in the Chicago area and beyond as God brings opportunities my way. I love sharing my story of finding joy and freedom in Christ. I also speak on parenting with intentionality and purpose in order to encourage Christian parents to do the good work of spiritual development in their children and families. Feel free to contact me via email (www (dot) shellywildman (at) sbcglobal (dot) net) if you're interested in having me speak to your group.

I am a native Illinoisan (somewhat like a native Texan, only much more humble) and currently live in the Chicago suburbs. My husband and I are very active in the life of our church where we mentor college students every week. When not hanging out with college students, I love to travel, cook (check out my Recipes page!), and laugh with my family (it's what we do).

A Few of My Favorite Posts
How Your Daughter Dresses Matters

The Secret to Raising Girls "These" Days

It's All Kinds of Crazy Out There

An Anniversary - Part 2

Honesty, It's So Overrated

In Which I Apologize to My Dad

Finally, I'm especially passionate about parenting, so I wrote a series called "Intentional Parenting" which you can find by clicking on the link. Later, I wrote another series called 31 Days Closer to Your Kids. I hope you find reading these posts as helpful as I did writing them.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Feel free to contact me at shellywildman (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

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