Thank you so much for sharing your day with me in this online place.  You are a gift from God, and I have prayed for you.  May you leave more satisfied with Him and His grace than when you arrived.

“Tinuviel” is my screen name.  It means “nightingale” in one of the languages J.R.R. Tolkien invented (from The Silmarillion, if you were wondering). Yes, I really am that much of a book nerd.

More importantly, I am a Christian, a wife crazy about my husband, a daughter and granddaughter and daughter-in-law, a sister, a friend, an aunt, and “mom” to one dog at present.  I am also a lupus patient.  I used to be a lot more things—student, educator, nanny, missionary, accompanist, business writer—but chronic illness is teaching me that my true identity lies in none of those things, but in Christ who bought me (even me!) with His blood.

My husband, our Ebony dog, and I live in north Texas in a house called Wits' End. In case you were wondering, Ebony is a Labradoxie. That's a dachshund-Labrador mix, but he's a rescue dog so he may have a smidgen of this, that, or the other thing in his heritage, too.

If we’re going to be friends, you should know up front that I dog-ear my books, although I’m trying to switch to sticky flags.  I am a tea-drinker by nature and a coffee-drinker by marriage. I am an Italian-Irish native Texan with the stubborn streak to prove it.

God loves me anyway.

This blog began in August 2010, when a lupus flare ambushed me.  If you’d like, you may read that story and the background of the blog name at the “Welcome to the Table” page.

Thank you again for your fellowship here.  If you would like to get acquainted, please leave a comment introducing yourself or contact me via this form. (You may also find me micro-blogging several times a week on Instagram at @crumbsfromhistable and occasionally on Twitter, @Ebony_Dog.)

Grace and peace to you in Jesus Christ,

I am a hope*writer.