Hey Y’all!

A bit about me:

I get jazzed up around the topics of Jesus, restoration, justice, the enneagram, and empowering parents and children to live deep connected lives with one another and the Lord.

I have been married to a Mark Ottinger, a man of faith and vision, for over 20 yrs.

We are the parents to 6 humans, which is as humbling and terrifying as it sounds. We have 3 dogs, a cat, and this year we gave a big ole yes and let a kiddo get a snake #neversaynever

On occasion I have the opportunity to teach and train on the topics of Connection and Attachment Parenting, the Impacts of Trauma on Individuals and Communities, the Intersection of Race and the Gospel, the Enneagram as a Tool for Spiritual Growth, and any number of biblical texts.

I am passionate about our church community at Fellowship Memphis were Mark is a campus pastor. I serve as the Program Director of Memphis Family Connection Center and we are parent trainers as part of the  Empowered to Connect team.

Life is full and I am thankful!

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them”  Ida B. Wells

“There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it’s enough”  Richard Rohr

“May God bless you as you continue to discover His hidden miracles in your life.If you listen for His voice, look for His help, and long for His appearing, you will sense His presence in every battle, victory, sorrow, and joy” Bruce Carrol

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Tona!!! I sure love reading anything you write!!! Thanks for this new blog – it’s already “saved to my favorites” and I’ve subsribed so I get notice when you post something. Whee!

  2. Hey Tona!
    Love your blog title! I have to delight in our torn sofa we have had for 7 years of marital bliss! We just put blankets over the bad parts! The point is the kids have somewhere to sit, right? 🙂

  3. You are a amazing woman of God and I am bless to know you. Love you blog, just made it one of my favorites!

  4. Tona:
    My husband and I have 4 adopted children also! We are in Atlanta and are on the ministry team for Promise686 out of Perimeter Church. So great to read some of your epiphanies and wisdom about raising adopted children!

  5. Since I discovered your blog on facebook…I have been so blessed and inspired to engage with my children more! I’ve since started the workbox system as you have redesigned it and well, so far so good! The kids love it! I’m only doing it for my 9 and 10-year-olds, but my 13-year-old wants me to make him one! You’re such a blessing from God!

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