we're just a bunch of gals who believe spending time with jesus is the most important part of every day!

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Naomi is first and foremost a WHOLEHEARTED follower of Jesus Christ! She grew up as a missionary kid in Outer Mongolia until moving to Lakeland, Florida at the age of 18. A few years later, she graduated with a degree in graphic design, launched her own wedding photography business, and finally mastered the art of dressing for Florida weather! She met Matthew Vacaro in 2015, got married in 2017, and currently lives in a one room, studio apartment with their dog and cat. In early 2018 she felt led to create a Bible study tool called the Quiet Time Companion, along with an online community of women who would be dedicated to encouraging each other in their daily walk with Jesus. By September 2018, the Quiet Time Companion was available to order and Wholehearted had taken its first steps! Now Naomi fills her days with developing and supporting the Wholehearted community.

 Naomi Vacaro

wholehearted founder

Kennedy is a recent graduate from Florida Southern College. She is originally from Tallahassee, but loves being able to call Lakeland home. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes and baking in her tiny kitchen - her favorite spot in her apartment! She also loves to read and have people over. Born + Bread is her love language and Norah Jones is her go-to music of choice. Kennedy got connected to Wholehearted and Naomi through Trinity Presbyterian Church! She loves a good planner and of course, spending time with her Lord and Savior! It is truly her dream come true to become Wholehearted's Content Manager.⁠

Kennedy Wilhite

Wholehearted Content Manager

Elisa is a college sophomore, frequent Disney World visitor, and pastor kid who was raised all over Georgia. She is studying communications, living on iced coffee, prefers cats over dogs, and loves photography. ⁣She is also a follower of Jesus. She grew up in church and always loved God, but it wasn’t until high school that she fully surrendered her life to Him. In that surrender she has found freedom, peace, and joy beyond measure. Elisa is passionate about Wholehearted's mission and wants every woman to know our Savior and meet Him in His word

Elisa White

wholehearted social media manager

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Emily Miller

Emily is a mother of two young children and has little time for much else. She began a daily quiet time at age thirteen, and her relationship with Jesus has remained a constant for Emily as she went from being a missionary kid in Mongolia, to working as a barista in Oregon, to marrying and starting a family in Florida. Emily enjoys writing poetry, dancing while doing housework, watching storms, and laughing at her husband, children, and herself.

Meg is a passionate and honest lover of Jesus and has had the honor of walking with him since middle school. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and teaches a rambunctious class full of preschoolers. A few of her favorite things are English tea, the color of leaves, and reading The Princess Bride aloud with her husband.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Meg Line

Amy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but now lives in Florida with her husband of 9 months. She is a proud dog mamma, and loves taking long walk in the midst of God's creation. She works as a Children's ministry director, operations manager, and Women's ministry and discipleship. Her true passion is to equip women of faith through both writing and speaking.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Amy Hornbuckle

Kate is kid number 7 of 10 in her family, and her life has never had a dull moment! Growing up in a homeschooling, Christian home in Kentucky, Kate was raised to love God and His Word. She currently works at a local orchard, and fills her time with reading, archery, and piano playing. It is her firm belief that we never stop growing to be more like Jesus as we actively pursue Him. 

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Kate van der Hoeven

Abby is a 20-something believer with a penchant for black coffee, Meg Ryan rom-coms, and overthinking. In a world that offers chains and calls them freedom, she is passionate about sharing the ways that Jesus offers life and life more abundantly. She loves putting that passion in action through the local church, in the non-profit world, and of course, as a Wholehearted Writer!

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Abby Cooke

Sarah lives in sunny South Florida in the suburbs of Hollywood. She is the youth director at her church for middle school and high school students. Her heart cries out for others to experience the peace and comfort she has found in the Lord. Sarah loves going to the beach and the park as well as reading Jesus-centered books and dancing to worship music. 

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Sarah Abreu

Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women's Retreats. 

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Christi Grimm

God took Kelly from being a little girl in speech therapy, to someone who desires to write passionately and speak boldly for the glory of God. In the midst of various trials including living in chronic pain, Kelly chooses to find her joy in the Lord and trust that God has a good and perfect plan. Kelly now resides in Fayetteville, NC as an Army wife to her life-long friend, Jarrett, along with their two dogs Maddy and Radar.

Our team of Wholehearted writers

Kelly Arena

OUR WHOLEHEARTED WRITERS

Kelly Arena

Abby watson

Kate is kid number 7 of 10 in her family, and her life has never had a dull moment! Growing up in a homeschooling, Christian home in Kentucky, Kate was raised to love God and His Word. She currently works at a local orchard, and fills her time with reading, archery, and piano playing. It is her firm belief that we never stop growing to be more like Jesus as we actively pursue Him. 

Abby is a 20-something believer with a penchant for black coffee, Meg Ryan rom-coms, and overthinking. In a world that offers chains and calls them freedom, she is passionate about sharing the ways that Jesus offers life and life more abundantly. She loves putting that passion in action through the local church, in the non-profit world, and of course, as a Wholehearted Writer!

God took Kelly from being a little girl in speech therapy, to someone who desires to write passionately and speak boldly for the glory of God. In the midst of various trials including living in chronic pain, Kelly chooses to find her joy in the Lord and trust that God has a good and perfect plan. Kelly now resides in Fayetteville, NC as an Army wife to her life-long friend, Jarrett, along with their two dogs Maddy and Radar.

Amy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri but now lives in Florida with her husband of 9 months. She is a proud dog mamma, and loves taking long walk in the midst of God's creation. She works as a Children's ministry director, operations manager, and Women's ministry and discipleship. Her true passion is to equip women of faith through both writing and speaking.

Meg is a passionate and honest lover of Jesus and has had the honor of walking with him since middle school. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and teaches a rambunctious class full of preschoolers. A few of her favorite things are English tea, the color of leaves, and reading The Princess Bride aloud with her husband.

Emily is a mother of two young children and has little time for much else. She began a daily quiet time at age thirteen, and her relationship with Jesus has remained a constant for Emily as she went from being a missionary kid in Mongolia, to working as a barista in Oregon, to marrying and starting a family in Florida. Emily enjoys writing poetry, dancing while doing housework, watching storms, and laughing at her husband, children, and herself.

Kate van der hoeven

Amy Hornbuckle

Meg Line

Emily Miller

Sarah lives in sunny South Florida in the suburbs of Hollywood. She is the youth director at her church for middle school and high school students. Her heart cries out for others to experience the peace and comfort she has found in the Lord. Sarah loves going to the beach and the park as well as reading Jesus-centered books and dancing to worship music. 

Sarah Abreu

Christi Grimm

Christi is a fifth generation Florida girl who loves the sand, the sea, and the sunshine! When she is not busy mothering her 6 children, she enjoys her garden, traveling, experiencing new cultures, and indulging in warm chocolate chip cookies while reading a good book or journaling. Christi is passionate about bringing women alongside her into a life of freedom in Christ, and does so by leading Beauty for Ashes Women's Retreats.