about me

Hi there. 

I'm c. joy allen. You can call me c. joyThe nickname settled into my heart when my mom used my first intial and middle name to make it fit the contact list in her flip-phone. I loved it. So I kept it. Why is it all lower case, you ask? Well, it's a reminder to myself that (contrary to the title here), it's not all about me. More than that, I hope we all can see joy in the journey of life.

I'm a writer. And let's just say that Work In Progress applies to so much more than the story I'm writing--it applies to me as well, in a thousand different ways. In my personal life, spiritual life, and writing life. I'm going to keep pushing on, keep growing, and keep seeking what His plans are for me. Aside from that, well, I'll just have to see what God does with me. I'll take it one day at a time, or at least try to. Above all, the Lord Jesus is integral in all that I do and all that I am. Without Him, I am nothing. This is proven over and over...

I've been happily married for over 21 years. My husband and I have four kids--two boys, two girls--and they definitely keep us on our toes. I'm in my tenth year homeschooling, with the oldest heading off to college. It's not a simple thing, and the needs of my kids and myself constantly change. Above all, I want the hearts of my children to be cultivated first, their minds second.


P.S. I'd love for you to follow me on Instagram: c.joyallen