Hope Dispenser & Storyteller



Hi, I’m April.


…there was a girl newly married and fresh out of pharmacy school with dreams of a simple life and perfect kids. (Queue the dreamy background music.) Until five years ago, the only thing missing from my idyllic life was a white picket fence and a deer-proof garden.

However, in 2015, a rare illness, Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, threatened to derail my sense of worth, security, and identity. 

I write about hope in hard times. Because life doesn’t turn out the way we planned. 

I live in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with my hubby of 22 years, two teens, 15 & 17,  and two arthritic Jack Russel Terriers.  Our parenting woes debunk the myth of “unicorns, leprechauns, and the perfect parents,” a phrase given to me by writer, Tom Gerdy.

I prefer Vanilla Coke Zero to Pepsi, leave a trail of open cabinet doors around my house, and I love to embarrass my kids with my Fortnite dance moves. But most of all I get by each day with Jesus, coffee, & afternoon naps. 


7 {random} facts about me:

  1. I get by each day with Jesus, coffee, & afternoon naps.
  2. I always have lip balm, cherry Chapstick is my favorite.
  3. My great-grandpa made moonshine. {Hello, I’m from the south.}
  4. Other than Jesus, the first person I want to meet in heaven is Rahab.
  5. I like funky socks because they make me smile.
  6. My favorite bands are U2 and Alabama.
  7. I’ve hiked a glacier in Alaska.

Does your soul need a refill?

As a pharmacist,  I’ve asked, “Do you need a refill.” thousands of times. But what about the invisible places of hurt and weariness? Our soul needs a refill too.

I write about hope in hard times. Because this is what I know.

I know what it’s like to lose the job you love {and your identity}, battle a chronic illness, parent the prodigal child, misplace your joy, and try to keep the faith. 

These are the topics I write about. 

Hold out your mug, hope and encouragement is refilled here. 

Hugs & Hope,



Suffering & Chronic Illness






May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace

as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

My Christmas Gift to You!

My Christmas Gift to You!


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