About Me

Like any home that runs on love, you’ll find this space inviting, empathic and sometimes a mess. I hope sharing the my glorious mess serves as a witness of Hope.

A bit more about me:  I am happiest enjoying time with my husband, our grown kids, our granddaughter and our community of friends, anywhere, anytime.

  Victor and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in October,  2019.  Together, we are continuing to grow a marriage and family of Grace…

Grant and his wife, Lauren, Dustin, Zach & Tori and our first granddaughter, Savannah Hope.

I am passionate about story-work and the incredible treasures of Grace that can be found in every story.  Coming alive to Hope in my own story fuels my desire to journey alongside others who want to come alive to their own.  I consider it a privilege to participate in offering Hope and Restoration through the story-work I do at Restoration Counseling.

Writing, creating, contemplating and advocating for women to find their voices are a few more things I love.  I have been published at Red Tent Living.com and am excited to begin writing again here.  Truly, hospitality as defined by Henri Nouwen, is my heart.

Welcome to my virtual home.  I pray as you visit my glorious mess, you will encounter Hope and hospitality for your heart.

With you on the Journey,

Ellen Oelsen



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Prayer and Care

I believe in the power of prayer. I love to lead others in discovering peace through the processes of contemplative prayer, intercessory prayer and play.  If you are looking for a space for a personal retreat of care through prayer, spiritual guidance or rest, please contact me.

Fill out the following form and that will help us get started.


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Give With Me

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in donating to ministries and organizations dedicated to advocating for and empowering freedom and justice for humanity.  With your donation, you will help bring effective change to people and communities around the world.   A few of the causes I advocate for:




Each of these causes were brought to my attention through the work of Seized by Hope.  This is the ministry I am passionate to support

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All proceeds from my store are donated to causes committed to the recovery and restoration of sex trafficked victims.

I am honored to share the designs I have designed to raise funds and awareness for a cause I believe in. You can browse my products available for purchase or contact me for a custom order to suit your needs.