Shawn and Nan Doud have been married and doing life and ministry together since 1997. They both currently minister as Advocates at Samaritan Ministries in Peoria, Illinois. In the past, Nan has worked as a professional wedding photographer and HR Administrator. She has been blogging and sharing her thoughts, though sporadically at times, here since 2006. She occasionally guest posts for other blogs centered on spiritual encouragement. Shawn spent twenty-plus years pastoring and has also been a classical educator. Together they have four teenage sons.