Angela Filancia Gates

Thanks for checking out my site ~ let me introduce myself! I live in North Idaho where I share my life with my tech-savvy husband and young adult son and daughter. My parents live in the cottage next door, which is awesome and an amazing blessing! A while back, when we were homeschooling, I spent part of my days teaching, but we also found immense pleasure in doing life together as a family. No matter the season, there was always a plethora of fun and adventurous activities to fill our time!

Now, my hobbies include: Writing, reading, horseback riding through the mountains, hiking, kayaking, volunteering in the church library, practicing the piano (not as much as I should), and puttering around the garden. During my other free time, I love playing with the horses, rescue cats (not my idea, but they’ve grown on me, lol), German Shepherd, and a goofy flock of chickens. And drinking coffee.

Our place is affectionately called The Hill, since we are located in the foothills bordering the Coeur d’Alene National Forest. That and the fact that it reminds us of Bag End … please tell me I don’t have to explain. I am blessed beyond measure to spend this chapter of my life in such an amazingly beautiful area of our Great Country and, God willing, I will live here happily ever after until the end of my days.

Here’s a little more of my background, in summary:                       #missionarykid#Armymedic#registerednurse#homeschoolmom#teacher#adventurer

Another fun fact … I absolutely LOVE Story Books! Not just any stories though – the ones that really matter.  The kind Samwise is referring to:

It’s like in the great stories Mr. Frodo.  The ones that really mattered.
Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.  

Because how could the end be happy. 

How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.  
Even darkness must pass. A new day will come.  
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.
Those were the stories that stayed with you.  That meant something.    

I believe that these stories – these EPICS or FAIRY TALES – are echoes of THE STORY that we now find ourselves living in. The story that started out good and was disrupted by evil (which started as a battle for the heart of mankind). The story that needed a hero, and so Jesus came to earth to rescue his creation. The story that ends with a Kingdom restored and HAPPILY EVER AFTER … if we choose to accept the offer. [John Eldredge; Epic]

I believe that Christianity, if false, is of no importance; if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is of moderate importance. [C.S. Lewis]

I believe that each of us needs to determine where we stand – and decide how our story ends!