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Hello from Virginia!

My name is Ann Marie Stewart and I have two middle school-aged daughters and a husband who is an engineer and shepherds a flock of sheep on our 11 acres. I love musicals, volleyball, waterskiing, and playing games with my family.

Originally from the other Washington, I grew up in Seattle, but 16 years ago moved 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C. On the East coast we say “y’all” and “soda”; on the West coast we say “you guys” and “pop.”

Though I always knew I wanted to be a mom and author, I never dreamed I’d be a sheep farmer, too. But that has provided rich material for speaking and writing topics and bonding experiences with my children. Together we’ve seen lambs born, bottle-fed them and even warmed them in our bathtub when they were too weak to stand. “All we like sheep,” perhaps yes, but I’ve learned it’s not exactly a compliment to be compared with them. Stories from our sheep farm are the backbone of my Country Register column, “Ann’s Lovin’ Ewe.”

Before farm life, I taught junior and senior high music and English, directed musicals, and earned a masters in film and television. I have written a series of Bible studies entitled “Preparing My Heart” (www.preparingmyheart.com). I hope my readers learn as much from the books as I learned while writing them.

My former minister used to pray, “Teach me that others may be taught.” I hope to learn and grow with you as we walk with the Lord.

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