Celebrating our fourth and
final child’s wedding!
Welcome! I’m glad you’re here and hope to meet you in person one day. The life of every human being fascinates me. We all have tales to tell.
I’m Mary Jo, a natural extrovert and people lover. I’ve been that way since I made my world debut into a huge Catholic family as the eighth of eight children. I have been surrounded by infants and the elderly and all the ages in between my entire life. The things I have observed while growing up and growing old deserve to be told. They are just too rich for me to keep to myself.
You will see that everything I author is woven with relatable characters and a wee bit of pedagogy because the teacher comes out of me even when I’m not expecting her. I was born to be an educator and a mom, which is the life path I chose in kindergarten, believe it or not. Well, except for that fleeting notion in second grade about becoming a nun.
My husband, our children, and grandkids are likely to grab the lion’s share of my attention, and certainly my prayers, but the doors to our home are known to swing wide for friends, clergy, and people we hardly know.
I married my high school sweetheart straight out of college, with John still having several semesters to complete for his degree. We started out in a tiny mobile home in a rural college town, where he graduated in the midst of a tanking Michigan economy. We ended up finding jobs–in Virginia! Four children, four in-laws, and several grandchildren later, we have hiked and have prayed in some of the most beautiful locations in the United States, Mexico, Australia, France, Hawaii, Thailand, Spain, Portugal, and the Caribbean. God has spoiled us Thayers.
Thank you for coming along on life’s journey with me!