Hi! Welcome to my heart and soul on paper (or screen so to speak). A place to get out of my comfort zone, out of my own way, and be vulnerable. A place to talk about anything and everything. A place to collaborate and spur each other on. A place to sit down and chat when we don’t have the actual time to sit down and chat. A place to get to know one another!
But first, let me introduce myself, I’m Courtney Fidell! I currently reside in Auburn, Alabama with my sweet little family. My husband of six years, Miles, and I moved from north of Atlanta to Auburn in 2014 to plant our first baby, Auburn Community Church. Miles is our lead pastor and the most gifted man at sharing the gospel in an engaging way that is rooted in truth. And I swear I’m not biased. :) In January of 2017 we welcomed our next baby, Anniston Kate Fidell. She is the most beautiful, sweetest, chill little babe to ever crawl the earth. And again, I’m not biased at all, but we absolutely adore her.
Why blog? A few years ago I felt the call on my life to begin this blog. The Lord told me the title and I shared it with Miles. In his true Italian and overly animated personality, he was beyond supportive and wanted me to get started right away. But in my true cautious and rational personality, I waited. I had to think everything through. This was not like me. An introvert at heart sharing her soul with the world? Who had ever heard of such a thing? I was insecure and so I put it in the back of my mind and moved forward.
After welcoming our little girl into the world and deciding to take an early “retirement” ;) from the teacher life to be a stay at home mom, this little dream began to resurface. All of a sudden I had more time and freedom to take a breath during nap time and sit in the Lord’s presence and hear His call on my life. I knew without a shadow of a doubt He had called me to be a stay at home mom with Anniston, but could He be calling me to this too?
I started thinking of blog topics while running errands in the car. New ideas would pop into my head when speaking with college girls and listening to the challenges they were currently facing (challenges I had faced not too long ago). I would go on walks with other moms and hear the exhaustion and loneliness in their voices. Feelings I knew all too well as we navigated the best and hardest job ever. I followed so many fashion, lifestyle, and travel bloggers on social media and was amazed at the level of influence they carried and wondered what would happen if that influence was used to share the gospel!
Before too long that idea I had in the back of my head was now staring me straight in the face. After years of battling the insecurity of “what will people think?” and “does anyone care about what I have to say?” I had to stop letting the enemy hold me back from something the Lord was clearly calling me into. After all, if the enemy was working so hard to keep me from it, there has to be something good somewhere in this, right? I watch my husband share the good news of Christ every Sunday and feel that passion burning within me as well. I have no desire to speak on a stage, but could the Lord be calling me to my own “stage”? I am a busy stay at home mom that doesn’t have enough time in the day to make a difference. That is what the enemy wants me to believe. But maybe, just maybe, there is a way to share with ALL the women ALL at the same time. Maybe there is a way to make a difference right from my own living room as I watch my little girl sleep on the baby monitor. Maybe I can do this after all! And so “Pastor Wife Life” was born!
SO even if it is just for one person. Here I am. Courtney. A wife, “retired” teacher, full time mom, and now part time blogger. I am here for the younger girls finding their way and the older women looking to be renewed. I am here for the active enthusiast and the couch-sitting Netflix lover. I am here for the single girls and the mamas. I am here for the fashionistas and the book worms. I am here for those that have been following Jesus for years and those that don’t know Him at all.
I am here as a Pastor's wife who is expected to have it all together, but who is stumbling through life, just like many of you. I am here to connect our supernatural God to my super normal life. I am here because the Lord told me to be and I have told Him “not yet” for too long. Let’s journey together!