‘I Salute You’ Saturday: Mary-Margaret Scholtens

It’s Saturday, which means it’s time to salute someone spectacular. Today I salute a woman who I dearly look up to, and who happens to be celebrating a birthday today!



(sorry I creeped a photo off of your facebook to do this.)

Mary Margaret Scholtens, I salute you.

I wish I could sit here and write a novel on who she really is and the story she has lived (and still lives!), because it is one of the most remarkable, selfless, faith-filled and miracle-woven stories I know. I do want to highlight the character behind that story, though.

This woman has the biggest heart and highest capacity for loving people (and all things living) than anyone I have ever known. She’s a lover AND a fighter — she has this Jesus characteristic, that she’s willing to lay her own life down for the lives of others. Whether it’s the lives of her four boys or the lives of sick or injured wildlife, I have seen MM be a life giver in pretty much every instance I’ve ever been around her in. She fights for others, never counting the cost and never holding back. 

She’s also an excellent story teller — and the way she rarely says no to an adventure makes for a pretty big library of experiences to have stories for. I miss conversations with her for that reason. MM, you need to write a book. In all your spare time. 😉

I am also eternally grateful for Mary-Margaret, because she let me throw a party in her backyard for 300 of my closest friends to attend. Otherwise known as my wedding. And on that same day I bottle fed a beaver named Justin and played with a raccoon who bears my name. (All before I put my wedding dress on, of course) It was the perfect adventure wedding day. Haha.

Of course, the only photo I could find that is anything close to “a picture of us” is this one… but I think it perfectly encompasses what most of my memories of the Scholtens house are like (Complete with a photo bomb by Jay).


Mary-Margaret, no one captures beauty and adventure in one being quite like you do. Thank you for giving yourself freely, loving extravagantly, and living like there’s no tomorrow. I want to be like you when I grow up!

Happiest of birthdays to you. Cheers to another great year of your beautiful life! 

‘I Salute You’ Saturday: Kelsey Cherry

Alas, today a new tradition is born. Saturdays on the blog will now be called, “I Salute You” Saturday. A highlight of someone who inspires me — someone who lives a beautiful life that I think others can glean something from. First up: my college roommate and best friend, Kelsey Cherry.


Photographer by day, masked heroine and music venue dweller by night, this woman seeks thrills and adventures like none other. She knows that her real home is in Heaven, and she’s content to float from place to place on earth as long as she’s got a camera around her neck and some good tunes for the road.

Kelsey draws out the nomad in me more than anyone else I know. She fuels spontaneity and challenges others to be risk takers. She lives without fear (which is fitting since her name means “brave”), and there’s favor on her life because of it — God entrusts her with much because she trusts Him with everything.

I asked her what her life motto is. It was no surprise to hear her answer: “I want to go on thrilling adventures and wondrous escapades. I want to be recklessly abandoned, never holding back. I want to live like that.”

Kelsey is a woman of wonder. She lives in a place of awe and amazement of how big God is, with a child-like disposition that He made her to enjoy a world that is her playground. A world that is a canvas for her creativity — made by a God who gave her a giftedness in capturing precious moments ordained by Him.

She knows who she is, and the best in her draws out the best in others. She makes life happen by bringing people to life.

Kels, I salute you. You make me better — you make everybody better. And, added bonus, your spectacular camera skills make everybody LOOK better, too!

{ I had the honor and privilege of writing Kelsey’s bio for her website. Check it out, and check her photography out at http://www.kelseycherry.com }