About

 

Hello there!

My name is

Elizabeth Oates!

If there are three things I am passionate about they are:

MARRIAGE

FOSTER CARE

FAITH

I am married to my college sweetheart, Brandon. While our marriage might look picture-perfect on the outside, it is actually a beautiful mess on the inside. We have been married since 2001 and are thankful for how God has transformed us from individual, naive twenty-somethings who had no idea how to thrive in marriage, into a passionate, mission-minded team.

While Brandon comes from a “Beaver Cleaver” family, most people know me as the poster child for children from divorced families (even though I’d like to be known for my mad organization skilz or coupon clipping). I experienced divorce at three different ages and stages while growing up, and along with this marital strife came addiction, abuse, abandonment, and general dysfunction.

It took me many years–and trying to gain acceptance through achievement–to learn that I am more than my broken branches. At my core I am a redeemed and restored child of God. The good news is that restoration is not just for me . . . it is for YOU too! 

So how does this translate into my every day life?

A long time ago (and I mean a very long time ago) I received a B.A. from Baylor University and an M.A. in Christian Education—with a focus in Marriage and Family Studies—from Dallas Theological Seminary. Yet, God doesn’t care about degrees (can I get an Amen?!)—He cares about calling. And He has called me to equip and encourage people in areas of

MARRIAGE

FOSTER CARE

FAITH

 I accomplish this in a number of ways:

  • I blog (and try not to embarrass my children).
  • I mentor women and young married couples.
  • I advocate for foster care and adoption.
  • I write a monthly column for WACOAN magazine.
  • I co-led and co-taught a Young Married Class at my church for five years.

When I’m not engaged in ministry, I spend time with the hubs and our five littles: three bio, one we recently adopted through foster care, and another we are currently fostering. And no, we do not put an eye patch on our baby (see below). That is just us trying to abide by foster care rules which say we have to cover our foster baby’s face in pictures on social media.


 

Oh yeah, I’ve also had the privilege of guest blogging

for some of my favorite ministries:

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My prayer is that the resources I offer will equip you for:

MARRIAGE . FOSTER CARE . FAITH

So welcome! I hope you find what you’re looking for here. And feel free to drop me a line.

I’d love to connect!

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