Dana Sterling Baran is a beloved child of God, wife to the man of her dreams and mother to a happy and bubbly baby girl. She is a former reading teacher turned homemaker/blogger/crafter/decorator/organizer.
Dana was raised by loving parents who taught her the love of Christ and instilled a deep desire to serve Him. She has a younger brother whom she considers to be her first “BFF.” Her mom and dad live life as an adventure, evidenced by their move from Southern California to the mountains of Colorado when Dana was nine, and a year-long journey around the US in a motorhome when she was thirteen. Her parents also encouraged Dana to participate in a short-term mission trip to Europe when she was seventeen. During that trip she began to truly own her faith in God and to claim Him as Lord and not just Savior of her life.
Dana attended John Brown University where she majored in Elementary Education, and she stayed in Siloam Springs AR to teach 4th grade for four years before answering the Lord’s call to teach kindergarten in a Christian school in Santa Cruz Bolivia for a year. When she returned she found a job at a middle school in Rogers where she fell in love with teaching 7th graders. She also fell in love with a wonderful man named Chris, whom she met through her church’s single’s group, and they married in July 2009. They welcomed sweet baby girl Charlotte in April of 2012.
Dana is a detail-oriented planner as well as a “recovering perfectionist.” She tried to prepare for motherhood by reading every parenting book she could get her hands on, only to discover (as she had been warned) that her baby hadn’t read the books. She depends heavily on lists and routines, but is striving to let go of her need for control and to find balance between meeting her baby’s needs, maintaining her relationships, and making time for herself. God is using mommyhood to teach her daily lessons in humility, selfless love, and service. She is becoming more and more convinced of her inability to do it all on her own and seeks instead to claim the promise of Ephesians 3:20, that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”
To learn more about Dana check out her personal blog: Salty Cinderella.