My name is Joanna Appel (pronounced like the fruit, spelled like the French verb) and I am Faint Not Mom.  I have been married for over twelve years to an amazing pastor man named Tom. There is never a dull moment raising three lovely toddler boys, Reuben, Eleazar, and Silas (twins, 15 minutes apart and brother, 15 months later) and my newest addition, Elodie (said like melody with no 'm'), who is just 6 months now. I am currently moving to France with my whole crew as a missionary. I am a Minnesota girl, born and raised, and have lived in several interesting places including Angers, France, Nashville, TN, Denver, CO and Chorleywood, England.  

I reluctantly call myself an artist, since I am amateur in every way when it comes to writing, singing, cooking, painting, etc. but I am willing to share what I make with you with the hope that I am contributing to the greater good and making someone's day just a little bit better. Prayers, poems, and songs have seen me through multiple miscarriages, transatlantic and transcontinental moves, and the daily grind of being a stay-at-home mom and minister. I must not be the only one who is healed a little by the lyrics of a song or a chocolate chip cookie, right?

Faint Not Mom is a blog about life, motherhood, art and faith.  Life's not pretty and filtered and Instagrammed all the time, (as you can see in the photo collage where I am covered in a pile of toddlers or the perfectly timed spit-up from my youngest). We need each other to make it through and we need to be REAL.  If I am speaking your language and you feel the need for this kind of community, congratulations!  You have a new friend! (It's me, by the way...) If you want to read more about the purpose behind this blog, read my first two posts here: Faint Not and Faint Not, Artists.

My family is currently in the midst of a big transition. We are headed to France to be cross-cultural church planters with Greater Europe Mission! Due to this, I will be posting on Faint Not Mom fairly infrequently until we get settled on the far side of the sea. You can subscribe to receive emails as a reminder, if that helps you out! I hope you enjoy reading and connecting!

Let us not therefore be weary of well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  

-Galatians 6:9 (GNV)

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